BADAC AGM & Bursary Awards

Following Burton and District Arts Council AGM, BADAC members, families and sponsors of bursaries were treated to a concert by a number of the young award winners.

The talents on show ranged from ballet through drama to percussionists – with four vocal performances and several instrumentalists on display.

Along with the 15 performers a selection of art work by bursary winners was on display in the auditorium of the Brewhouse arts centre.

Introduced by the chairman of BADAC, Geoff Thompson, the talents on show were led off by Wil Pearson who gave a brilliantly executed rendition of the Led Zepplin classic Stairway to Heaven on the piano, next up was Katie Ireland with a great performance of Somewhere That’s Green from The Little Shop of Horrors.

Third on the bill was flautist Rebekkah Lycett who moved on from her audition piece to give a ethereal extract from Faure’s Fantasie for flute. She was followed by Georgia Dennis who sang Funny Honey from Chicago with a real passion. Cellist Kathryn Monteiro who this year has gained a Grade 8 Distinction gave the captivated audience  the First Movement of Sammartini’s Sonata for Cello.

Ballet was next on the agenda as Ella Price performed an almost weightless-looking extract from Swan Lake. Ewan Bourne sang a movingly pure New Year’s Carol before Shannen Merwick gave the assembled crowd the only piece of drama of the night – a monologue from Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre. Performed with a well-built rising tide of emotion. Reuben Hawthorn took to the stage next with a smooth, jazzy saxophone rendition of Summertime.

Josie McCormick who is going on to study musical theatre at college gave a deft and light version of The Hills are Alive and she was followed by four percussionists, Ryan Hughes, William Raybould, James Chester and Michael Coltmam who demonstrated a variety of drumming styles before joining together for a group finale.

Following this remarkable show of young talents the Mayor of East Staffordshire and President of BADAC during his term of office, Councillor Len Milner, presented the 25 BADAC bursary recipients with cheques totaling £4,000 and wished them all well in their futures

Bill Pritchard.


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