Festival of music

MUSICIANS of the highest calibre are days away from contesting the finals of an annual festival.

The Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival comes to a conclusion on Saturday, July 6, at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road.

Around 500 entries were initially received for the competition which has been whittled down to the 28 best.

The finals will consists of performances from vocalists, pianists and violinists. Each has had to come through heats to reach the grand finale. They will take to the stage from 7.15pm.

The culmination of the competition will be adjudicated by professional musicians and organisers have already praised the standard of entries as extremely high this year.

There will be eight trophies and prizes up for grabs and tickets to see it cost £10 for adults and £8 with concessions.

To obtain tickets or for more details, contact the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.