2017 Festival dates announced
Wednesday March 29th to April 1st
 
 Jonathan Owen will adjudicate Speech and Drama.
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Oundle Young Musician 2016. 
 
Robert Burton is 16 years old and lives in Cambridgeshire, where his parents are farmers. He is taking A Levels in Music, Music Technology and Fine Art at Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon. He started playing the recorder at age 5, then piano and moved to saxophone at age 9. He has grade 8 distinction in all three. Rob spends all of his free time doing art or music.
 
In 2012 Rob joined Junior Guildhall School of Music in London, where he is taught classical saxophone by Paul Stevens. For the past two years Rob has been a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Recently he has performed a concerto with the Huntingdon Philharmonic.
 
He enjoys competing in competitions. This year he has won the Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year, was a National Finalist in the Rotary Young Musician of the Year, came second in the Junior Guildhall ‘Lutine Prize’ and, to top it all, has now won the Oundle Young Musician of the Year. Rob said that performing in the wonderful settings of Oundle Church and School was a pleasure and that he was looking forward to  playing a recital at the Oundle International Festival next year. Rob had only entered the Oundle Festival once before, in 2012, where he reached the final on recorder.
 
He hopes to study music at a conservatoire as he’d like to be a professional musician when he is older.

 

Millie Eve from Titchmarsh won the Shirley Malster award for Oundle Young Singer of the Year 2016.

“I feel very privileged to have taken part in the Oundle Festival, as it is such a valuable and enjoyable experience. I have entered the festival many times and have always noticed the friendly and welcoming environment that exists. The adjudicators always give helpful and constructive advice, especially on how you can improve, and it is always beneficial to hear others perform. This year, the performances from other musicians and singers were of a very high standard and I feel very happy and privileged to have sung alongside them.

I am overjoyed at winning the Oundle Young Singer of the Year.”  Millie Eve

 
 

Thank you for inviting me to adjudicate at the Oundle Festival.  I found the day completely absorbing with fine singing and an excellent, friendly and competitive atmosphere in every class. 

The hospitality was excellent, the clerks most helpful and  there seemed to be enthusiasm and smiling faces throughout the day. Wonderful!

John Pomphrey

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A selection of photos from each day of the Festival can be viewed. 

 

 
 


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