Thousands of talented children take part in Mid Somerset Festival
A festival which celebrates the best in the performing arts has seen thousands of people showing off their talents in Bath.
The Mid Somerset Festival is now in its 112th year, and sees teenagers and children from the city and beyond showcasing their skills in writing, speech and drama.
Musicians also take to the stage, in classes including piano, jazz and recorder.
The event suffered a setback after a break-in at Mickleburgh Pianos at Canton Place meant that the pianos for the junior classes did not turn up earlier this week. They had been loaded in the van, which was not able to be moved as it was a crime scene. However music chairman Janet Read managed to move classes to other venues with pianos.
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Festival vice-chairman Lynne Barnes said: "With so much pressure on the arts and arts funding we are delighted that the Mid Somerset Festival continues to grow and thrive in these days of economic gloom. During the two weeks of the festival we have more than 4,500 people participating in either individual or group performances in nine different venues."
The Paragon School was successful in the junior events, and had 40 children taking part.
In the Instrumental Ensemble class (Year 8 and under) the Paragon Saxophone Quartet and the Paragon Brass Group were awarded distinctions and jointly received the Lesley Hope Trophy. The Paragon Clarinet Group received a commended certificate for its performance.
In the Speech and Drama classes, Ben won the Oldfield Park Bookshop Medal Verse Speaking for his poem Beetle in the Bathroom by Brian Moses.
And 11-year-olds Meg and Hannah won their duo acting (under 13) class with a scene from Glubbslyme by Jacqueline Wilson.
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