Entrants are on song at Cromer Music Festival

Broadland Youth Choir was on song at the weekend, when it won the highest possible accolade at Cromer's 65th annual music festival.

The group, which was set up 20 years ago and has performed at national and international competitions, was the only festival entrant to gain a prestigious honours award, given to those showing exceptional technical and artistic skill.

Nearly 200 singers and musicians aged from five to adult took part, giving renditions of songs ranging from show tunes and folk songs to opera, hymns and classical numbers.

Fifteen-year-old Oli Cubitt was awarded one of just a handful of bursaries handed out at the festival each year, for his performance of show songs including Luck Be a Lady from the hit musical Guys and Dolls.

He said: 'It really is all about the fun of performing so it really is the icing on the cake to win a bursary.'

Festival organiser Liz Whitehouse thanked all those who contributed to the success of the festival, including adjudicator Gillian Johnston, who runs a music school at her home town of Harpenden.

'We have been very pleased with the standard of performances this year, which have been absolutely first class,' she said. 'And I think what is really nice is that the festival has brought out the enjoyment of music, which is what we always aim to do.'

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