Congratulations and well done to all pupils who entered the Robertshaw Festival of Music, Speech and Drama held at Beckfoot School in Bingley held annually over the first weekend at the beginning of March.
A highlight of Bingley’s arts calendar since 1933, the Robertshaw Festival aims to encourage young people to take part in the performing arts and regularly attracts entrants from all over the region. This year saw over 250 entries in the speech and drama class alone with a further 130 entrants for the music classes.
Whilst for the majority of pupils this was the first time they had entered any public speaking competition, many walked away with a certificate of Distinction.
In the Poetry Reading section Year 6 pupils particularly impressed the judges: Aaisha Bashir took first place and was awarded with the coveted Marion Davies trophy, Ayesha Chaudry earned a distinction and Emaan Nazir was rewarded with a merit.
Senior girls also performed well with Aneesa Chowdhury overall winner in the Junior Championship competition with Hannah Pazvakavambwa coming second. In the Bible Reading section Josie Baker and Alycia Booth were each awarded first place in their age group categories.
Lucy O’Donoghue particularly excelled on the day with first place in her Public Speaking group competition, second place for her Shakespeare Solo and a second for Bible Reading.
In the duologue section it was a clean sweep for Bradford Girls’ Grammar School pupils; Alycia Booth and her partner took first place, second for Mariya Hussain and Amina Qamar and in third was Anjum Haq and Parivash Tahir.
Lucy O’Donoghue further dazzled the judges in the Music section with her upbeat performance of the ‘Mango Tango’ on the flute. She not only took first place in her woodwind class, but was also presented with the coveted Woodwind Trophy, awarded to the competitor with the highest mark across the whole of the woodwind competition.
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