Musical extravaganza at the 88th annual festival

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The annual Arran Music Festival took place last week for the 88th time with trophies being awarded for the various categories among the 136 entries who took part.

The three-day event began last Wednesday with primary schools and nur­sery children taking part in Scottish country dancing and verse speaking.

Thursday saw children reciting Burns poems and choric speaking along with vocal ensemble and choirs. Through the remainder of the week, various categories that included singing and musical instruments ranging from fiddle and piano to trumpet continued with the festival culminating in a concert on Friday evening with the adult and young adult categories which included vocal and instrumental, competitive and non-competitive. The adjudicators throughout the week were Paul Wood for vocal and instrumental, Sylvia Taylor for speech and drama, and James Hill for Scottish country dancing. Lorna Buchanan was the official accompanist. Certificates were awarded to all participants and monetary prizes awarded to the overall highest point scorers in most of the junior categories.