Festival-goers were in for an impressive display of musicianship at last night’s Prescot Festival events.
First up was the first annual Young Instrumentalist of Prescot competition, hosted by Evelyn Community Primary School. Nine talented young guitarists and pianists took part, but there could only be one winner in each category. The honour in the primary section went to Holly Bogue, of Prescot Primary School (Year 6), who wowed the audience with a spirited rendition of the jazz piano piece Stroll On. In the secondary category, Sonny Fielding (Year 8), of St Edmund Arrowsmith, took the top prize for a particularly thoughtful and expressive performance of the popular Beethoven bagatelle Für Elise.
Then it was off to the Old Mill pub for a chilled-out acoustic evening and open mic session. A huge thank-you to Whiston singer-songwriter Rachael Dunn, who organised the night, and to the staff and management of the Old Mill for being our hosts. But most of all, congratulations to a fine line-up of artists, which included Aaron Lawrence (of The Dark Figure), Rufus Hok, Kez Fazer and Rob Clarke.
Special mention must go to Wirral poet Steve Regan, who refused to be fazed by a handful of rowdy hecklers. His poetic rant about a stray brassiere on the streets of Chester was one of the funniest and most, ahem, uplifting points of the evening.
Tonight (Thursday, 21 June), we welcome Bentley Operatic Society to the Prescot Festival, starting at 7.30pm at Prescot Methodist Centre.