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Jenny Hardy and Tricia Stradling are to be congratulated on coordinating the 7th Youth Music Festival — a programme of delightful music on Sunday 6th October at St Mary's Church, Haddenham.

The programme was billed as "A showcase of local musical talent" and certainly lived up to its billing. The twenty-six young musicians showed an amazing range of accomplishments, some playing more than one instrument at different points in the afternoon, or singing beautifully as well as playing.

The instruments played so confidently varied from, piano, violin, cello and clarinet to drums, guitar, saxophone and flute; the music similarly ranged from Chopin, Mozart and Bach to Scott Joplin, Freddie Mercury and Elton John. It was a treat to hear such a variety of styles and composers.

Compered ably by singer/composer Roger Jackson, the show was in two parts: the first half presenting children at Grades 1 — 5, the second showcasing musicians at Grades 5 — 8, with a rousing finale by the Jazzknot group from the Tring Park School for Performing Arts.

The proceeds from the show will go to the Friends of St Mary's Church to support the preservation of the 13th century building. Members of St Mary's Church were thanked for providing refreshments and helping with the AV desk. Local music teachers were thanked for preparing their students so well for this event.

If you missed this most enjoyable seventh Haddenham Youth Music Festival, make a note in your diary for the eighth, already in planning for next year!

Margaret Watkins

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