Closing date near for music festival

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MUSICIANS of all ages and abilities have the chance to showcase their talent at an annual competition.

But people are being urged to act fast as the closing date for this year’s Hartlepool Music and Arts festival is Tuesday, February 28.

Singers, choirs, pianists and other instrumentalists are encouraged to enter the competition, which will be held on two consecutive weekends in May.

Overall winners of the festival will appear in the Grand Final on July 7 at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, and could share in an overall prize fund of more than £300.

Past winners have included pianist Azuza Tanner, who is currently studying music at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, Dean Wilson, who is currently touring the UK in Sister Act the Musical, and Holy Trinity Church Choir from Seaton Carew.

Entry forms for this year’s festival are available by calling 07882 576863.