YOUNG entrants showcased their performing arts skills this week as the first round of classes at this year’s Hastings Musical Festival got under way.
Organisers and judges saw very high standards in both the piano, strings and dancing categories.
Natalie Molloy came top with 90 points in the Bach, piano Gold Medal and French category in the piano classes.
Hans Kreb also got 90 points in the Piano Sonata class, aged 16 and over and Karys Williams came top in the Junior Piano Recital, 13 and under 18 years category.
Molly Townson, chairman of Hastings Musical Festival, said: “On the Sunday the day began with wonderful group dancing.
“The day was very busy and one of the notable performances was a visiting dancing group from Maidstone called Hilton Hall Dance Academy. They scored 88 points, which was the highest mark in the non-classical 21 and under category.
“The singing classes were adjudicated by Sarah Jefferies, who said it was great to hear young singers achieving such a very high standard.
“Top marks of 90 went to Andy Rise in the Show Song, 18 and over class.
“We also had a wonderful morning on Monday when the whole auditorium at the White Rock Theatre was full of performing school children from schools in Hastings and the surrounding area taking part in the Primary Schools category, sponsored by Rye Lions Club. Stone Cross School won with their drumming ensemble.
“They have been invited back to Hastings by me to take part in the festival’s finale on March 22.”
Upcoming highlights of the festival include seniors’ singing classes tomorrow (Saturday). Monday (March 17) features more dancing categories and Wednesday (March 19) sees the Big Choir day.