North Northamptonshire’s first music festival in Kettering a huge success

Opera singer

North Northamptonshire’s premier music festival proved to be a singing sensation when it launched in Kettering last weekend. The festival saw choirs from across the county come out to celebrate their love of song.

The event took place at the Kettering Salvation Army Center on Saturday, June 11. It replaced the Kettering Eisteddfod, which came to an end in 2018 after 109 years.

The choirs in attendance competed for a number of trophies throughout the day. Commentary was given by a star judge: Parepa Rosa award-winning opera singer Irene Grant-Jones.

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Choirs included the Northampton Male Voice Choir, The Decibelles, The Melody Choir, Allegra Singers. Rhapsody Chorus, Sound Sensation, Firebirds, Black Cat Harmony all took home trophies throughout the day.

It was the first time something like this had happened since the disappearance of 109-year-old Kettering Eisteddfod. The famous competition once saw performers of all ages battle it out for trophies and gongs in the disciplines of speech, acting, singing and instrumental music.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “Witnessing the camaraderie and support that everyone showed for each other made it the most enjoyable event. This new festival will now become an annual fixture in the community calendar.

“One person was quoted at the competition festival saying it’s the best festival they’ve been to in a very long time, the facilities, set-up and professionalism really made it a very special experience.”

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North Northamptonshire Festival founder and chairman Joshua Daniel said: “I was so proud to see all the choirs come together for what was truly the most joyous of occasions. Choirs were all laughing and singing in the same room, competing against each other happy for each other’s successes, the true spirit of the North Northamptonshire Music Festival.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped out that day to make sure the day went smoothly and we even finished early which is a very rare thing in choral competitions. ‘Salvation Army, Kettering for allowing us to use the space that once again housed the competition.

Next year’s festival should be even bigger and better. Organizers hope to encourage and invite school and college youth choirs to next year’s event.

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