Festival celebrates its 99th anniversary

TALENTED youngsters from South Yorkshire take part in the annual Don valley Festival this weekend (March 18/19/20).

Music Making for Special Needs starts the festival on Friday morning, held at The White Church, Balby. This is followed by classes for strings, school choirs and bands, held at Hall Cross School on Friday evening.

Competitive speech and drama and music classes are held throughout Saturday and Sunday, at The University Centre, High Melton (web site:www.donvalleyfestival.org.uk ). Sessions begin at 9.30am and the general public are very welcome to watch the various performances judged by professional adjudicators.

An art exhibition is held in the foyer of the Fountayne Restaurant and entry is free. The work on display has been judged by landscape artist Michael Fowler.

Next year the festival celebrates its 100th anniversary (formerly known as the Mexborough Music Festival). The organisers are looking for memorabilia of past.

The final part of the festival is the Male Voice Choir Competition, to be held at the Elsecar Heritage Centre on April 17. Five male voice choirs will be competing with Strata Brass band performing to complement the competition.