Music festival success for school choir and drummers

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BUCKINGHAM’S 39th Festival of Music and Drama last month was a huge success, attracting more than 200 participants.

Classes ranged from brass solo and guitar duet to comic verse speaking and prepared speeches.

No fewer than eight choirs from local primary schools competed in the choral classes, and everyone who took part came away with a certificate and a written adjudication giving useful performance tips. Buckingham Primary School Choir and Djembe Drummers both achieved success in the festival.

The choir won their junior choir class by performing two contrasting songs – Dona Nobis Pacem and Food, Glorious Food.

The adjudicator commented on their tuneful singing and great expression.

The Djembe Drummers won the percussion ensemble class, performing complex rhythms with flair and precision. School music teacher Libby Lane said she was “incredibly proud” of her young musicians.

Festival chairman Graham Holiday, who runs The Duke’s Music, said: “Watch out for a very special event next year, when we reach 40.”