Gorleston St Andrews Festival

Chapter House, Gorleston

The 34th Gorleston St Andrews Competitive Festival drew to a climax with the recital final and Bircham Award on Saturday.

The four recital finalists who performed in the Chapter House before an appreciative audience were Samuel Johnson (piano), Tom Poulson (trumpet), Rachel Ridout (saxophone) and Ricky Sussams (violin). They each gave a short recital of music of their choice.

There were six contenders for the coveted Bircham Award namely Laura Mackett (piano), Michelle Penn (violin), Sabrina Miller (recorder), Rachel Ridout (saxophone), Tom Poulson and Stefan Langberg (cello).

As excitement and speculation rose as to the outcome of the competition, these talented young musicians each performed one chosen piece of music. After a glorious evening of music making, the award of recital finalist was presented to Rachel Ridout. The Bircham Award was presented to Michelle Penn. Trophies and medals were also presented.

The mayor, councillor Jonathan Russell gave a brief speech thanking the talented young instrumentalists and pledging the council's continued support of the festival. This concluded the annual event which had proved a feast of musical talent.

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