Artistic flair for festival

Pontefract Music Festival art comp' runners up.'Sarah Hewitt, who's design was chosen for the front of the new programme, and Maram Nabahin, who can 2nd overall in the art competition. Pictured with Head of Art, Mrs Alison Henderson.'p8206b212
Pontefract Music Festival art comp' runners up.'Sarah Hewitt, who's design was chosen for the front of the new programme, and Maram Nabahin, who can 2nd overall in the art competition. Pictured with Head of Art, Mrs Alison Henderson.'p8206b212

YOUNG artists hope to draw in people to this year’s Pontefract Music Festival after designing a range of colourful posters.

Pupils at schools across the county showed off their skills to design a piece of artwork to promote the week-long extravaganza.

The festival committee chose a design by a youngster in York as the winner, with second place going to Pontefract King’s School pupil Maram Nabahim.

For the first time in 30 years a pupil’s image is being used as an illustration for the programme’s front cover, with the honour going to another King’s School student Sarah Hewitt. Both she and Maram Nabahim have had their designs framed.

Norman Dale, festival organiser, said: “We are always impressed by the talent of these young people and this competition helps link art with the performing arts.”

The 109th festival kicked off with a schools’ choir competition at The King’s School last Friday.

On Saturday speech and drama performances were held at Central Methodist Church, where competitions have continued this week.

Jazz and woodwind is the theme for today’s performances, while singing acts take to the stage tomorrow and Saturday.

The festival concludes with a final concert by its winners in the church at 7pm on Saturday.

Mr Dale added: “The standard has been very high and the children’s behaviour, appreciation and sportsmanship towards other schools was remarked upon by the adjudicator and audience last Friday.

“The festival is a chance for us to celebrate young talent and showcase their performing arts skills to the rest of the town.

“They put in a lot of time and dedication and we thank them for all their efforts.”

Email Mr Dale at pontfest@hotmail.co.uk for details.