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May 18th, 2007 - Wharfadale Festival Successes!


This years Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts featured a record number of BYC schools: 10 in all! Between them, they competed in 6 classes singing 24 different pieces of music!!

All the BYC schools performed extremely well: for most, it was their first ever visit to a musical festival and they all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Two trophy's will spend the next year in Bradford at St. Josephs Catholic College. The A P Farnum Trophy was awarded to St. Josephs for winning the School Choirs 13 and under class. In the same class, the recently formed St. Bedes Male Voice choir achieved a commendable 2nd place with their hearty rendition of 'You'll never walk alone.' St. Joseph's College Choir also claimed the The Elizabeth Ingle Memorial Trophy in the church music class, with a magical performance of Douglas Coombes 'Sing to the Lord of Heaven' (commissioned for last year's festival and premiered by Yorkshire Martyrs.)

Out of 8 choirs competing in the primary school class, 6 were led by BYC directors Christopher Johns and Christopher McElroy. All performed very well with many commendations: St. Walburgas picking up a creditable 2nd place to overall winners; Clayton CoE.



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