Regional Championships 2017-18


The 1st Championship has been arranged for July 7th 2018 – 11.00am – 4.00pm.  Venue to be Austin Friars School, Etterby, Carlisle. More to be announced soon.

North West

The second championships for the North West was held on Saturday September 16th 2017, at St Leonards Church, Preston. Each festival in the region put forward an entrant for each discipline; Speech, Dance, Instrumental/Piano and Vocal. Each entrant performed before a panel of six adjudicators, two from each discipline.

The Speech section was won by Anna Basnyet-Steingold for her extract from “Toad of Toad Hall.” She was nominated by Blackburn Festival.

The Dance section was won by Rebecca Taylor for her Character Dance, ” Heidi Dreams.” She was nominated by Colne Luther Greenwood Festival.

The Music Instrumental section was won by Leo Bailey-Yang, pianist, for his performance of “Feux Follets” by Liszt. He was nominated by Hazel Grove Festival.

The Music Vocal section was won by Ceferina Penny for her performance of “Adieux de l’ Hôtesse Arabe” by Bizet. She was nominated by Alderley Edge Festival.

The adjudicators at this event were:

Music: Steven Roberts & Liz Childs
Speech: Maryrose Swarbrick & Susan Mackay
Dance: Deborah Norris & Carrie Ellis

The official accompanist was Tim Kennedy, and the event was be compered by Anna Meadmore from Alderley Edge Festival. The official photographer at this event was Cheetham Photography.

Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

Held on Saturday 9th September 2017 at Carleton Community High School, Pontefract, this was the second time in succession in that particular venue, a true state-of-the-art building for performing arts. It was the 8th biennial championship for the region. Each of the 23 festivals within the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region recommended one outstanding performer in each of the disciplines represented at the appropriate festival.

Over 40 performers took part in a bid to claim their respective Championship trophy – the day was packed with stunning performances from all contenders, aged from 8 years to over 60, a humbling array of talent that left the audience quite enchanted.

Theo Pedley, from Pool-in-Wharfedale, and representing the Harrogate Festival, was the winner of the Instrumental Trophy, giving an amazing performance of “Independence Day ’85” by Brian Stone, on his drum kit.

Evangeline Barnby from Hull and representing Don Valley Festival, won the Vocal Music Trophy with her rendition of “God Help the Outcasts” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Menken and Schwarz.

The Dance Trophy was won by Rebecca Stancliffe, of Bessacarr, Doncaster, representing Scunthorpe Festival, and her performance was a delightful ballet to the tune “Summertime” by George Gershwin.

Rebecca Starrett, of Scholes, Holmfirth, representing Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival, won the Speech and Drama Trophy.

Each finalist received a certificate and the four winners, in addition to their trophy also won £100 gift vouchers.

The adjudicators at this event were:

Music: Marilynne Davies & Robert Marsh
Speech: Stephen Owen & Marie Dixon
Dance: Deborah Norris & Cynthia Carr

Please click here to see results from 2015’s Regional Championships.