Virtuoso pupils show off their musical talents

Music Festival 2015 at the Town Hall. Pictured are competitors in grade 2 piano EMN-150318-172008009
Music Festival 2015 at the Town Hall. Pictured are competitors in grade 2 piano EMN-150318-172008009
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The Peterborough Music Festival is back this year and already some virtuoso performances have been delivered.

Now in its 91st year, the festival returned this week after a year’s gap.

We’ve already had some wonderful, virtuoso performances

Spokeswoman for the festival

Trophies have already been handed out to talented school pupils who are competing until Saturday when the festival ends with the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year award.

The finale takes place at the town hall in Bridge Street, at 7pm, and will feature the best performers of the week.

The first classes on Tuesday saw Emily Holt (16) from The King’s School coming out on top in the Strings Solo category.

The festival continues on Thursday with the recorder classes on at 9.30am at the town hall and the school choirs competing at 10am at the Ken Stimpson School in Werrington.

The junior school choir class promises to be particularly exciting with eight schools competing for the coveted Committee Shield trophy.

The remaining events are all at the town hall, beginning with the woodwind, orchestras and ensembles at 1.45pm on Thursday, and the adult choirs at 7pm on Friday.

The solo singing and youth choirs are then on at 9.30am on Saturday before the finale in the evening.

All sessions are open to the public and admission is £1 on the door.

Tickets for the finale concert cost £3 and are available at all festival class sessions, and also on the evening itself.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: “Not many qualify for the finale but it will be a nice and lively evening.

“It’s hard for younger children to perform in front of an audience, but they rise to it and everyone is very supportive.

“We’ve already had some wonderful, virtuoso performances.”