Rastrick High School hits the right note at music festival

Entries for the Mrs Sunderland competition from Rastrick High School

Entries for the Mrs Sunderland competition from Rastrick High School

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Talented young singers took home a trio of awards from a music festival.

Rastrick High School’s choirs triumphed at the Mrs Sunderland competition at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The junior choir won first prize in the young people’s choir, year nine and under class, the chamber choir came third in the young people’s choir, 19 years and under category, and the senior choir won first prize in its category.

Soloists were also celebrating with student Lydia Wyatt, 13, leaving the festival with seven awards for piano and woodwind/recorder solos - five first places, a second and a third.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting to do so well let alone leave with seven awards. I was really pleased and my family were all really proud of me. I have entered the competition before and I still enjoy doing it.”

Two students entered in the junior music theatre category where Rebecca Carr was awarded third for school year ten and eleven, and Gaia Hinchcliffe joint second for school years seven, eight and nine.

It was 14-year-old Gaia’s first time in the competition.

She said: “I just wanted the experience of singing. I have never done anything like this before so it was an experience and will help me in the future.

“It was a shock to come second and I will be entering again next year.”

The competition is named after Susannah Sunderland (nee Sykes), a famous soprano soloist born in Brighouse in 1819.