Candy melodies and classics from previous masters echoed all through the Aultsville Theatre Sunday, because the 65th annual Kinsmen Music Pageant got here to an finish.
The weeklong pageant, which culminated with the Pageant of Stars, welcomed greater than 500 musically oriented college students from all around the space.
A number of proficient native musicians took half within the Live performance of the Stars, which was adopted by an awards ceremony.
“The music pageant is the longest-running venture of the Kinsman membership of Cornwall,” defined the host of the occasion, Wes Libbey. “This afternoon options the highlights of all the pageant.”
Nick Howard dazzled the viewers along with his efficiency of his very personal piano piece. When requested how he managed to jot down the melody, which lasted for greater than three minutes, the younger man merely smiled, earlier than answering “it’s simply one thing that occurred.”
Creating the piece took him two to 3 months.
“I used to be very shocked to win the award,” he admitted.
For Williamburg’s Benjamin Vreman, participating within the pageant took, based on him, “numerous effort and time.”
The younger artist was on the very high of the playbill, being the primary performer and receiving thunderous applauses from the viewers.
“Being right here, on this place, has made me stronger, it has allowed me to do all of it,” he mentioned. “That is proof that on a regular basis and energy I’ve spent has been value it.”
The annual competitors’s particular anniversary yr was highlighted by Cornwall Kinsmen Membership president John Racine.
“There was a wealthy historical past of many distinctive younger native artists which have been celebrated over these 65 years,” defined Racine. “Many showcasing their abilities, permitting them to pursue their desires by means of the knowledge and instruction of the numerous skilled adjucators.”
Pageant co-ordinator Jane MacLaren mentioned she was impressed by this yr’s turnout.
“We had a fantastic turnout this yr,” she mentioned. “One among our choirs had over 100 members in it. It was wonderful to see all of them right here, all excited to be singing.”
MacLaren, who has been co-ordinating the occasion for 14 years, remarked this yr’s pageant had seen a slight enhance in piano gamers. As well as, she harassed the quantity of assist the pageant acquired from the neighborhood and viewers.
“The performing arts is alive and nicely on this neighborhood,” she defined. “There have been lots of people who stepped as much as assist.”
This yr’s occasion featured the addition of two new trophies; the Efficiency Trophy in addition to the Kinsmen Trophy for Intermediate/ Superior Conservatory Piano.