Evonne’s triple triumph earns plenty of silver

SOFA FULL OF SILVER: Evonne Beardsworth with her three trophies at the Luther Greenwood song festival.

Singer Evonne Beardsworth went home with an armful of silverware from the Luther Greenwood song festival.

Evonne, 33, from Foulridge, triumphed on home ground against competitors from all over the North West in the adult vocal classes at St John’s Methodist Church, Colne.

She gained the highest mark of the day to win the Lieder/art song class with Schubert’s ‘Heldenroslein’, won the light opera/musicals class with ‘Out There’ from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alan Menken then won the recital class with a selection of three songs before adding a second prize in operatic solo with ‘Habanera’ from Carmen..

She also won the Luther Greenwood Trophy for best overall results in four classes and added the Crabtree Shield as Pendle’s highest-scoring adult competitor.

A former pupil of Park High School and Clitheroe Grammar School Sixth Form, the Glasgow University graduate recently completed a year’s course at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, for a Masters degree in popular music.

She said: “I’ve just had such a lovely day getting to hear everybody sing. They were great competitors. I’m so thankful for my time at RNCM. Being around such talented people and inspirational teachers has really focused my music-making.”

Junior competitors from Pendle came up against keen competition from the Ilkley area, but pupils of Colne singing tutor David Wilkinson held their own. Joe Renshaw took the Silverman Shield for Pendle young competitor’s best aggregate mark, and there were wins for Kate Overend and Tom Pickup, and places for Adam Liversidge.

PROUD TEACHER: David Wilkinson with pupils (from left) Kate Overend, Joe Renshaw, Adam Liversidge and Tom Pickup.

Vocal solo up to 12 years: Grayson Chamley (Ilkley). Vocal solo up to 16: Tom Pickup (Accrington). Folk Song: Evie Connor (Ilkley). Songs from the shows up to 12: Quillan Andre (Ilkley). Songs from the shows up to 16: Kate Overend (Barrowford).

Lieder/art song: Evonne Beardsworth (Foulridge). British composer: David Simcock (Cononley). Light opera/musical: Evonne Beardsworth. Over 60s solo: Francis Nance (Wallasey). Recital Class (Evening Star Trophy): Evonne Beardsworth. Operatic solo: Francis Nance. Oratorio: David Simcock.