Many of you will be aware that June Cox died last June (2019), having suffered a short illness. She had been associated with the Festival over many decades, taking part as a child soon after the last war and in the mid-seventies joining the Music Committee. In 1999 she became Music Co-ordinator and in 2001 she was elected as Vice Chairperson, holding both positions for some years. 2012 was her last year of being Music Co-ordinator and she finally “retired” in 2017 when she was made a Lifetime Vice President and continued to take an active part in the Festival by being a Music Steward and fount of all knowledge up to and including the 2019 Festival. In 2015 she received an overdue 40-year Long-Service Award from The British and International Federation of Music Festivals. She will be greatly missed – her calm approach, professionalism and willingness to help wherever needed will be long remembered.
1st Carisbrooke Primary School – 86 Marks
2nd Niton Primary School – 85 Marks
3rd Ryde Junior Chamber Choir – 84 Marks
Queensgate Foundation Primary School – 82 Marks
Lanesend Primary School – 82 Marks
Ryde School Year 3 & 4 – 82 Marks
The Federated Schools of Newchurch & Nettlestone Primary – 82 Marks
The Federation of the Church Schools of Shalfleet & Yarmouth – 82 Marks
The Bay C of E School – 81 Marks
Binstead Primary School – 81 Marks
Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham – 81 Marks
Carisbrooke Primary School – 93 – First
Niton Primary School – 88 – Joint Second
Ryde School Chamber Choir – 88 – Joint Second
Priory School Junior Choir – 86 – Joint Third
Ryde School – Years 5 and 6 – 86 – Joint Third
Shalfleet C of E Primary School – 86 – Joint Third
The Federation of Newchurch and Nettlestone Primary Schools – 86 – Joint Third
Queensgate Primary School – 85
Ryde School – Years 3 and 4 – 85
Lanesend Primary School – 84
The Bay Primary School – 84
Wroxall Primary School – unfortunately had to withdraw
Apologies for the omission of Priory as Joint Third. We had two amazing mornings and a huge thank you to all who took part. We know it requires an enormous amount of time, effort and organisation on everyone’s part and hope that all the children, teachers and accompanists enjoyed the experience and will take part again next year
On Friday 5th May 4 of us attended the Community Action Awards 2017 Ceremony at the Riverside Centre in Newport, having been entered into the top 3 finalists for an award in our category, Arts and Heritage, one of 8 categories eligible for the competition. The aim is to encourage and reward the dedication within the voluntary sector, focusing on volunteering, local achievement and self-help. We were delighted to win first place in our category and the cash award that came with it will be used to help with our aim of encouraging more groups and individuals with difficulties to take part in the Festival. Once all the categories had received their awards an overall winner and runner-up was declared and to our surprise and amazement we heard that we were Overall Runner-Up! The money we received will be used to help with the cost of our free Performance Workshops which we are currently organising to be held in September.
Thank you so much to Community Action, to Morris Crocker, Chartered Accountants for sponsoring our category and to Janet Coates, our secretary, for entering us in the first place!! We feel very honoured to receive these awards amongst all the other dedicated volunteer organisations in the competition.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of our Vice Presidents, Kathleen Ingram. She and other members of her family had been involved with the Festival for many years, Kathleen being involved almost from the beginning, and remained a loyal supporter throughout her life. She had only recently moved into a local care home where she was very happy and comfortable but for the first year felt unable to attend any of the sessions. However, she had made arrangements for a friend to note all the results in the Music Section for her. Her funeral is at Garfield Road Methodist Church this coming Wednesday, 12th April at 12.30. Barry Allen, our Chairman, and other Festival officials will be attending to represent the Festival and to show our respect.
SGN (Southern Gas Networks) have very generously presented a specially commissioned oak shield to replace the original shield which was presented in 1925 by the Ryde Gaslight Company. The shield was officially handed over to Barry Allen, Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival Chairman, by Phil Carter, SGN Business Performance Manager, at SGN’s Ryde depot. In return the old Ryde Gasworks Company shield was given for display in the offices at the SGN Ryde depot.
This is a really magnificent oak shield well worth competing for so if you are in a junior church choir do think about entering. The class will be held in All Saints’ Church, Ryde.
Barry Allen is seen holding the new SGN shield and Marilyn Hartley, a IWMDDF Fundraising and Marketing Officer, is holding the old Ryde Gaslight Company shield.
In 1924 the Borough of Newport presented the newly formed Isle Of Wight Musical Competition Festival, our old name, with a Challenge Shield for the winner of the Primary School choir class. Brading C. E. School were the winners that first year and Nine Acres School won it last year. It has been used for every Festival since but there is now no space left for the winner’s names and it is also cracked.
The present Newport Parish Council have been kind enough to present a replacement Newport Parish Council Challenge Shield. The large wooden shield, and the silver plated plaque mounted on it, were both specially commissioned from local craftsmen.
The Shield was officially handed over by the Council Chairman, Julie Jones-Evans, to Barry Allen, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival, at the beginning of this month’s Council meeting. Barry Allen returned the retired 1924 Shield to the Council for safe keeping.
The Council Chairman intends to be in the Church to watch the class and present the new Shield.