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May 19th, 2008 - Wharfedale Festival Sucesses
Wharfedale Festival Sucesses

It has been a busy week for the Bradford Youth Choir at the Wharfedale Festival!

For the first time, the Bradford Boys' Choir competed in the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts. As choir in residence at St Joseph's Church in Bradford, the choir were eligible to compete in the church choirs class of the festival.

Conducted by Dr Christopher Johns, and accompanied on the organ by Cathedral organ scholar Daniel Rathbone, the choir sang "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by John Rutter. Awarding the choir first place, the adjudicator praised the choirs diction and sense of ensemble, whilst also giving pointers for the future. The choir returned home with the Duncan Challenge Shield, pictured below.

The Craiglands School choir day saw no fewer than 12 Bradford Youth Choir school choirs compete! A busy day for singers, accompanists, conductors and adjudicator alike! In the secondary school platform, St Josephs Catholic College retained the Elizabeth Ingle Trophy, for winning the Church Music School Choirs class, beating Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College into a close second place. Of St Joseph's College, the adjudicator praised the choir for "wearing the music on their faces"!

In the very competitive primary school classes, there were some excellent performances, with St Walburga's and St Francis clinching 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the eleven and under class.

The Bradford Youth Choir's success was not just limited to our choirs: Elizabeth Cockshott and Hayley Nolan, both long standing members of the girls choir enjoyed success in solo classes. Elizabeth won first prize in the junior organ solo class (winning a £15 gift token!) whilst Hayley achieved a creditable 3rd place in the vocal solo 17 and under, singing the Handel song "Where'er You Walk".

Congratulations to all!

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