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ISLE OF WIGHT MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA FESTIVAL Now   in   its   89th      year,   this   festival   does   much   to   encourage   competitors young   and   old   to   produce   their   best   efforts.      Many   young   people   take   part, and   many   pensioners!   In   our   congregation   Derek   has   a   programme   from the   1950s,   Anne,   Peter,   Brenda,   Emma,   John   and   I   all   took   part   many   years ago. So   it   was   a   great   delight   to   enter   our   choir   this   year,   and   we   all   enjoyed   the experience.      We   entered   two   classes,   622   CHURCH   CHOIR   under   25   voices, and   628   CHURCH   CHOIR   MUSIC   GROUP.      In   the   first   class   we   were   up against   stiff   competition   but   we   acquitted   ourselves   well,   singing   "O   Little One   Sweet"   and   "Born   on   a   New   Day"   both   unaccompanied   and   keeping the   pitch,   and   came   second   to   Cantus   Vesperi   with   Holy   Trinity   Ventnor third.  Last   year   there   was   only   one   entry   in   class   628   but   this   year   there   were three   choirs.      We   sang   Walmisley's   "Nunc   dimittis"   very   kindly   accompanied by   Andrew   Cooper,   followed   by   "This   joyful   Eastertide".      The   adjudicator   had nothing   but   praise   for   us,   especially   for   our   men!   and   we   came   first.   It   was very    interesting    to    hear    the    other    choirs    and    their    choices,    and    the adjudicator had a tough job as we were all so different.

Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival

March 2019

SPECIAL AWARD The   choir   were   delighted   to   be   the   very   first   recipients   of   a   new   award   in   the   IoW   Music,   Dance   and   Drama   Festival.      Designed and   given   by   Mr   Maurice   Fairall   in   memory   of   his   wife   Sally,   this   lovely   award   was   presented   to   us   in   Ryde   at   the   annual   prize giving at Yelf’s Hotel.  Seven of the choir attended, as we were so thrilled! Coral Bratherton - Choir Director
So   we   have   a   trophy   for   one   year,   and   I   think   we'll   go   back   next   year   to   try   to   keep   it,   God   willing.         Well   done   everybody,   and thanks for your hard work!
ISLE OF WIGHT MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA FESTIVAL Now   in   its   89th      year,   this   festival   does   much   to   encourage competitors    young    and    old    to    produce    their    best    efforts.      Many   young   people   take   part,   and   many   pensioners!   In   our congregation   Derek   has   a   programme   from   the   1950s,   Anne, Peter,   Brenda,   Emma,   John   and   I   all   took   part   many   years ago. So   it   was   a   great   delight   to   enter   our   choir   this   year,   and   we all    enjoyed    the    experience.        We    entered    two    classes,    622 CHURCH   CHOIR   under   25   voices,   and   628   CHURCH   CHOIR MUSIC   GROUP.      In   the   first   class   we   were   up   against   stiff competition   but   we   acquitted   ourselves   well,   singing   "O   Little One   Sweet"   and   "Born   on   a   New   Day"   both   unaccompanied and   keeping   the   pitch,   and   came   second   to   Cantus   Vesperi with Holy Trinity Ventnor third.

Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival

March 2019

SPECIAL AWARD The   choir   were   delighted   to   be   the   very   first   recipients   of   a   new   award   in   the   IoW   Music,   Dance   and Drama   Festival.      Designed   and   given   by   Mr   Maurice   Fairall   in   memory   of   his   wife   Sally,   this   lovely award   was   presented   to   us   in   Ryde   at   the   annual   prize   giving   at   Yelf’s   Hotel.      Seven   of   the   choir attended, as we were so thrilled! Coral Bratherton - Choir Director
Last   year   there   was   only   one   entry   in   class   628   but   this   year   there   were   three   choirs.      We   sang Walmisley's   "Nunc   dimittis"   very   kindly   accompanied   by   Andrew   Cooper,   followed   by   "This   joyful Eastertide".      The   adjudicator   had   nothing   but   praise   for   us,   especially   for   our   men!   and   we   came first.   It   was   very   interesting   to   hear   the   other   choirs   and   their   choices,   and   the   adjudicator   had   a tough job as we were all so different. So   we   have   a   trophy   for   one   year,   and   I   think   we'll   go   back   next   year   to   try   to   keep   it,   God   willing.        Well done everybody, and thanks for your hard work!
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