Singers scoop festival prizes

TWO choirs and three solo singers from Backwell School came away from the Mid-Somerset Music Festival with prizes under their belts.

A group called Bellarima won the under-16 choral class, picking up a Silver Jubilee Salver during the event, at The Guildhall in Bath.

The junior choir, also accompanied by pianist Amy Sommers, was commended in the under 14 choral class.

Show-stealer Kody Mortimer, aged 14, was awarded first place in the jazz and pop songs class and was commended in the songs from a show class.

Nina Sundstrom, aged 13, was commended in the junior art song category and received a merit in the recital class.


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And Jasmina Roz-Naylor, who left the school last year, ran away with the under-19 opera class with a distinction.

The choirs’ musical director, Lorraine Worley, said: “It’s great that through the voluntary work of people running these competitions and festivals young people are given the opportunity to realise their talents.

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“They are performing many different styles of music, from opera to pop and it’s so much fun working with them.”

Bellarima and the junior choir will perform at Tickenham Church on June 16 and at the Colston Hall’s Jubilee event, Gathering Voices, on June 9.

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