Hummersknott Academy pupils showcase their talents at annual music festival (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Hummersknott Academy pupils showcase their talents at annual music festival
5:04pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
CREATIVITY was in full flow at a Darlington school as students took part in an annual music festival.
Youngsters at Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington, were competing against each other in three areas - ensemble arrangements, choir and dance.
The annual festival is now in its third decade and students took inspiration for their musical pieces and dance choreography from this year’s theme of film genres.
Michael Fairless, head of music, said: “Students have done themselves proud and showing what exceptional leadership and determination can accomplish.
“Leaving school watching the students rehearse together across all year groups really does make me realise how much the students value and want these opportunities.
“Every day watching them is a privilege and I'm sure Hummersknott has had another show stopping event.”
The routines were chosen and choreographed by the pupils with no input from staff.
Freelance choreographer, Debbie Waistell, judged the dance element of the festival while former student and musician, Matt Roberts, travelled up from London to judge the ensemble and choir.
A spokeswoman for the school said: “Students taking part were extremely proud of their own achievements and appreciated seeing other colleges’ performances.
“The music festival is a highlight of the academy year and creates a buzz throughout the school.”
The winning college was Cuthbert with their horror-themed ensemble and choir, while Stephenson won the dance element.
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