As a result of Covid restrictions the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Competition 2021 was held in a digital format, however just for the music and speech and drama sections.
For this, entrants recorded a video of their efficiency, which they then uploaded to a safe platform so the adjudicator may view them.
Scroll by the gallery of images above to see all of the performers talked about on this story…
Chris Hartley, one of many pageant’s trustees, stated: “There was a pageant yearly since 1924 — aside from the conflict years — so we had been decided to have one thing this 12 months.
“It has been a tough 12 months for the IW Music, Dance and Drama Competition, softened solely by being honoured final June with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the best award a voluntary group can obtain within the UK.”
The pageant was very eager to not less than provide one thing on this tough time when so many occasions had been cancelled.
Sheila Strickland, who in her mid-80s, is the oldest common entrant and first entered when she was a toddler. She loves singing and was decided to indicate that it’s not simply the younger who can do digital occasions!
Unusually for digital festivals, all entrants obtained a correct certificates and medals got, as standard, within the junior courses for first, second and third locations.
Chris continued: “Organising the safe laptop system has been difficult at occasions and we’re very grateful to our hard-working secretary for all her further work this 12 months.
“Though we solely had lower than half the traditional 800 to 900 entries we often get for the music and speech and drama sections, primarily attributable to teams not collaborating, it was value doing and we respect the additional work additionally put in by the academics.”
One household who loved success had been the Ortegas from Newport. Angelou’s recital of an extract from Roald Dahl’s Matilda within the prose talking class for eight and nine-year-old women was a ‘mature and imaginative narrative rendition’ which gained her first place. Twin sister Angelina achieved second place in the identical class impressing the adjudicator together with her ‘very inventive vocal characterisations’.
The twins’ story of a Magic Cat by Peter Dixon scored them a second medal every, with second and third locations within the women’ verse talking for eight-year-olds.
To not be outdone, older sister Kate achieved a distinction mark and third place within the 12-year-old women verse talking, earlier than gaining her second medal for her efficiency of Eliza in Pygmalion.
The Ortega household with their medals and certificates.
Lottie Paine, 13, from Sandown, had a profitable pageant and gained 4 gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Lottie goes to The Island Free Faculty and is tutored by Tressa Lambert and Polly MacGregor.
Amongst her wins was the 13 years women solo set piece class with The Water is Vast; and the 11-13 years Disney solo (accompanied) with Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. She was second within the 11-13 years Disney Solo (backing observe) with a efficiency of Speechless from Aladdin.
Lottie additionally teamed up with fellow Island Free Faculty pupil Josie Flack, 15, of Newport, for the musical theatre duet 14-16years and pop and rock duet 14-16 years they usually had been first in each courses.
For the musical theatre duet, they sang Calm, Cool and Collected from the musical Calvin Berger and for the pop and rock duet they carried out Carry You House by Ward Thomas.
Left, Lottie Paine together with her medals, and proper, Lottie with Josie Flack.
Jazzmin Childerstone, 9, from Ryde, attends Fusion Arts Academy and had a really profitable pageant this 12 months, inserting in 11 totally different classes within the vocal/singing sections and profitable seven gold, three silver and one bronze medal. She additionally gained distinction (87 marks) in two of those classes.
Jazzmin with all her certificates and medals.
Annabelle Smith, from Ryde, additionally did rather well and gained 4 first locations and a second place in singing courses for 10-11 years; in addition to a primary, second and third place in piano courses grade 4 and as much as grade 5.
Annabelle is taught by Linda Filby-Borrett, Kathy Grimshaw and Richard Hutchins.
Annabelle Smith together with her singing certificates and medals (left) and her piano awards (proper).
Charlotte and Sarah Harris, from Carisbrooke, gained nice marks in quite a few vocal courses and are taught by Linda Filby-Borrett.
Charlotte did the vocal solo soprano/mezzo-soprano/contralto class, Sarah did the vocal-solo composer – Andrew Lloyd Webber part they usually teamed as much as enter the musical theatre duet, people duet and operatic vocal duet courses. They scored 4 first locations and one second place between them.
India Sulley, 12, from East Cowes, entered the 12 years women’ vocal solo and age 11 – 13 TV/movie vocal solo courses and gained each of them.
Her set piece was We’ll Meet Once more, and for her TV/movie class, she sang Cups (Once I’m Gone from Pitch Good). Her tutor is Tressa Lambert.
Grace Dempsey 11, entered this 12 months’s pageant within the hope of a normal-style pageant but it surely wasn’t to be. Undeterred, Grace submitted three vocal entries, in addition to a vocal duet – and gained each class. Grace loves collaborating within the pageant every year and embraced this 12 months’s digital occasion. She is taught by Linda Filby-Borrett.
Tom Anthony Smallwood, 9, from Binstead, took half in courses for jazz piano grades 1-3, brass taking part in with lower than two years expertise and boys’ singing 9 years – and gained two firsts and a second place.
For the devices, Tom is taught by Zara Groves, of Ryde, and Graham Brown at Portsmouth Grammar Faculty, however he began final 12 months with the legendary Maurice Keat, who’s now in his 80s.
Tom hasn’t has any singing classes, aside from 20 minutes of prime suggestions from his auntie, Hannah Brear, musical director of Medina Group Choir.
Avyukth Sesetti, who gained two singing courses.
Ten-year-old Avyukth Sesetti, from Newport, took half within the ten years and beneath novice music and 10 years boys’ solo singing courses – and gained each.
He carried out The Osprey for the novice music class and Pirate Tune for the boys’ solo and he’s taught by Linda Filby-Borrett.
One other ten-year-old – Freya Edwards from Newchurch – took on the aged 10 music from a present class and gained with a distinction mark of 87.
She carried out House, from the musical Alice in Wonderland, and she or he is taught by Polly MacGregor.
Nikki Drew, from Cowes, gained the woodwind clarinet grade 4-5 class together with her rendition of Sonata No.1 by Jean Xavier Lefevre. Nikki is taught by Mrs Kelly.
Lastly, Sam Sutherland Nash Smith, from Ventnor, took on the guitar grade 2-3 under-18s class and gained along with his efficiency of Marshmallow Cocoa by Martin Fogel, which is a classical guitar grade 3 piece. Sam is taught by John Nash.
We can have extra experiences from the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Competition subsequent week.