The 99th Galloway Music Festival nears

NEXT week sees the 99th Galloway Music Festival take place in Newton Stewart and Stranraer.

Included in the programme (available from Cinnamon in Newton Stewart) are categories for woodwind, strings, brass, piano, bagpipes, spoken verse, action rhymes, choirs, Scots songs, classics, jazz, pop, solos and groups, school and community entries, competitive and non-competitive.

This year’s adjudicators are concert pianist, Richard Saxel, music lecturer, Sheila Kent, speech and drama specialist, Sylvie Taylor, and pipers, Callum Watson and Alan Malman.

Friends and relatives of performers are invited to enjoy the festival classes free of charge, but where seating is restricted this will be on a first come, first served basis.

The prize winners’ concert is to take place at 2pm on Saturday March 16th in the cinema. Tickets for this event will be available throughout the week at all festival venues.

As the 100th year of the music festival approaches, the committee would be delighted to hear from anyone who has taken part in the past, and has photos or memorabilia which might be of interest to the public, as it is hoped to publish a centenary booklet to celebrate the occasion.

Any outstanding trophies from last years’ festival should be returned promptly to the committee, and any queries should be directed to chairman Anne Hamilton on 01671 402528