A plain black wrapper
The black backcloth at the Leeds College of Music was the background to a kaleidoscope of talent at the BIFF Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Regional Championships. Dancers, singers, actors and musicians followed one another in a truly wonderful cascade of talent from around the region.
28 performers from 23 Festivals showcased the very best of music, dance and speech, woven into a magnificent day of celebration in a splendid setting. In the event, Chopin provided the wonderful book-ends that enfolded the programme. From the first notes of James’ Berceuse in the morning to Katie’s Nocturne , we sat, enthralled.
Of course there were a few hiccups along the way. We could have made sure the box office was open earlier – and we should have acknowledged Tim Kennedy, our wonderful accompanist, in the programme. Despite our best efforts though, the day ran smoothly with a skilled compère and six brilliant adjudicators. The Leeds College of Music went out of their way to ensure that we had a great welcome – and, of course, their facilities were unbeatable.
At the end of the day Margaret Venables, President of the British and International Federation of Festivals made presentations to the “best of the best” in each of the four categories of dance, speech and drama, instrumental and voice.
Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Regional Championship Report was gratefully received from Chris Wright