Pupils from Hunter Hall School in Penrith took part in the Carlisle & District Music and Drama Festival once again last week; once again bringing home several trophies and a great sense of accomplishment.
Pupils are invited to take part in the annual festival, which has been running since 1896. The Festival brings together performers from all over Cumbria and beyond and offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to display their talents and skills in music, speech and drama to professional adjudicators and a welcoming audience.
Children from Reception to Year 6 at Hunter Hall took part in individual and group performances in both Music and Drama, in what has become a significant event in the calendar over the course of many years for the children and staff at Hunter Hall.
There was a great sense of achievement experienced by all entrants through their involvement in the Festival.
First places were awarded to Years 5 & 6 (Choric Verse Speaking), Oskar Sorton & Zachary Pallister (11 years and under duologue (play)), Hannah Mead (Bible Reading – 11 years and under), Zachary Pallister (Solo Verse Speaking Boys 10 years and under), and Samuel Wrightson (Boys Vocal Solo 11 years and under).
Second places were awarded to Paisley Cater & Matilda McTear (11 years and under Duologue class (poem)), Matilda Harling (Solo Verse Speaking Girls 9 years and under) and Hannah Mead (Prose Reading 11 years and under).
All children returned to school proudly carrying certificates and trophies, which included The Sylvia Cup, The Ena Knowles Memorial Cup, the Canon Grayson Memorial Prize, the Border City Probus Club Cup, The Manx Trophy and The Doreen Smith Trophy.
Donna Vinsome, Head Teacher at Hunter Hall School said: “Once again we could not be prouder of the children’s achievements. They, along with their teachers and parents put in many hours of work perfecting their pieces for the festival and were all delighted to have been given the opportunity to take part.
“Many adults would struggle to present in such an environment, so how wonderful it is to see our children from Hunter Hall as well as children from other schools that took part, standing up confident and happy showing us as adults how it is done! A super positive experience for everyone and our thanks must also go the organisers who organise this event each year for a job well done.”