Youngsters’ turn to take to stage

NRHN140711 'Front row: Tanya Noon, Midlands Co-operative Society Member Relations Officer (Northern Region) pictured with John Briggs, Member of Midlands Co-operative Society's Northern Member Relations Committee and Pat Claypole from the Foodstore.''Back row left to right:  Ripley Music Committee members Mick Wilson, Nick McCann and Tony Holmes.
NRHN140711 'Front row: Tanya Noon, Midlands Co-operative Society Member Relations Officer (Northern Region) pictured with John Briggs, Member of Midlands Co-operative Society's Northern Member Relations Committee and Pat Claypole from the Foodstore.''Back row left to right: Ripley Music Committee members Mick Wilson, Nick McCann and Tony Holmes.

Children from seven Ripley schools will take to the bandstand in Crossley Park tomorrow as Ripley Music Festival gets into full swing.

The eclectic tenth annual event started in style on Saturday with chamber orchestra, J26 Sinfonietta, from Ilkeston, filling All Saints’ Church, in Ripley.

And on the same day, at the opposite end of the musical spectrum, local rock and pop acts played all day at The George Inn, on Lowes Hill.

Nottingham Road venue, the Regal, played host to three nights of rock and indie music, while the Shirland Brass Band and Blidworth Band played around the town as part of a brass-themed Sunday.

Tomorrow, July 15, will see more than 200 youngsters taking to the Big Stage in Crossley Park to perform from 1pm.

Our Colourful World will feature children from all seven of Ripley’s primary schools showcasing their musical talents by each performing two songs.

Jeanette Blowen, music co-ordinator of Ripley Junior School, which will be taking two choirs, one from the upper and one from the lower school, said: “We have had masses of rehearsals and practices, the kids have been really good so far.

“They are really dedicated to their music and they are really starting to shine now.”

On Saturday, the main stage will host the Proms in the Park event from 7.30pm.

The Midlands Co-operative Society-sponsored show feature skiffle from Please Y’self and a performance from Newstead Brass.

Tanya Noon, of Midlands Co-operative, said: “The society is happy to show its support for this local event. The festival covers a wide range of music and is a great opportunity for people living in Ripley to get involved.”

The Proms in the Park will be followed by a firework grand finale by Ripley Lions.