The annual festival, fast becoming one of the biggest and most prestigious festivals in the region, proved to be a huge success once again, with over 500 performers in over 70 classes.
Originally created as a community initiative to provide opportunities for young people across the Doncaster community to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive setting, the festival has added Dance for the first time in its history.
As is now tradition, Coppice School of Hatfield, a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and Autism, opened the festival with a music making morning. Joining forces with Year 6 pupils from Hill House School, they delighted their audience with songs such as ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.
Thursday evening saw Strings take centre stage, with musicians of all ages showcasing their talents on violins, cellos and even a harp!
Friday night was for the choirs and saw schools and drama groups from across the Doncaster region competing. Armthorpe's Our Lady of Sorrows Primary celebrated what was only their second ever performance with a wonderful second place!
Saturday was a busy day with Dance, Piano, Woodwind, Guitar, Brass, Percussion and Instrumental Ensemble classes taking place. A particular highlight saw renowned pianist and adjudicator for the day, Caroline Clemmow, give an impromptu masterclass to grade 8 pianist Christopher Davis. A once in a lifetime opportunity for Christopher!
Sunday took a dramatic turn, with classes including Musical Theatre, Classical Voice, Monologue, Story Telling and Humorous Verse. Once again, the adjudicators were wowed by the sheer talent on display and commented on the dedication and enthusiasm shown by all of the competitors.
The festival officially closed with an Outstanding Performers’ Concert on Wednesday 9th May, a chance to celebrate the magnificent array of talent that competitors displayed throughout weekend classes and to decide the overall winners.
Judged by four acclaimed adjudicators, the evening culminated in trophies being awarded to Reuben Singleton for Junior Excellence, Rebecca Leggott for Dramatic Excellence, Hill House Senior Ensemble for Vocal Excellence, Samuel Honeybone for Musical Excellence and Abbi Watkinson for Dance Excellence.
Throughout the festival, participants were representing groups such as Elite Theatre Arts, Let’s Act, Marilyn Baker School of Dance, Riley School of Dance, Rainbow Connection and the Doncaster Music Hub as well as many schools from across Doncaster.
Festival organiser, Mrs Bodman, said, “The Robin Hood Festival has always focused on encouraging young people in Doncaster to perform in a supportive and inclusive setting. I am so pleased to see such a variety of drama groups, choirs and dance schools taking part and cheering each other on.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that have given up so much of their time to help put this wonderful event together.”
Any performers interested in registering for next years’ competition are invited to contact Vicky Bodman on 01302 776300.