Burgess Hill has talent

Over two weekends skilled young musicians and a few not so young put their talents on the line before judges at the Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival, held at the Burgess Hill School for Girls.

From sopranos to saxophones, and from clarinets to cellos, Burgess Hill has been alive with the sound of these musicians being put through their paces and receiving sometimes firm but always fair assessments of their skills.

JPCT 261112  Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival. Precious Metalz. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 261112 Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival. Precious Metalz. Photo by Derek Martin

Four adjudicators from across the country come and give their honest opinions, and the general consensus appears to be that music is alive and well and truly established in Mid Sussex.

With the longetivity of groups such as Mid Sussex Sinfonia, Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra, Burgess Hill Choral Society and Mid Sussex Brass band, there is also scope for young talents to flourish before live audiences.

Many of the winners in the Mid Sussex festival have gone on to make careers at a high level.

Typical of the multi-talented youngsters in the festival was Bradley Monroe, who participated not only at the keyboard, but in the woodwind classes.

For bands like Evolution Brass, who won their class, it was very much the start of a musical journey for the mixed age group.

Hosts Burgess Hill School for Girls provided the musical and maroon-clad Precious MetalZ, led by Sian Buss.

And the band in the immaculate waistcoats and 
bow ties were the Mid Sussex Youth Marching Band, a now familiar sight on the music scene locally.

In a moment of humour for the camera band member Jessica Eaton appeared to be engulfed by an instrument bigger than she is.

And trumpet player Delores Monk was left smiling after a wonderful performance.

Behind the often exquisite music is hard work in the background.

The festival is a non-profit making organisation, run by a small but enthusiastic committee.

Chairman Rebecca Dowden hosted a showcase at the school last Friday, giving the class and cup winners the opportunity to show off their pieces to their peers and an appreciative audience.

l Anyone who would like more information about the festival, which will take place at the same time and in the same place next year, and feels able to let the organisers have a few hours of their time, should please contact Belinda Sharp on belindasharp@