Over the weekend of 21 and 22 August the College was delighted to welcome participants and their families to the Somerset Festival for Young Performers.
The Festival is more than a competition – it is a celebration of the talents of younger Gold Coast students. Students prepared to challenge themselves, students prepared to face the fear of performance, students who have spent many hours in lessons and rehearsal preparing for the weekend.
The relaxed atmosphere of the Festival enabled students to perform with confidence and enjoyment. Every great performer has to start somewhere – who knows which students at the 2016 Festival will go on to much bigger and better things. We certainly hope there are many. Whatever the result this weekend, we thank each participant for sharing their developing skills and talents and hope they will be left with a sense of achievement and pride in their hard work and effort.
This year we welcomed our first group of overseas competitors to the Festival. These students and their families travelled from Malaysia to be a part of the Festival and to undertake some workshops. They enjoyed their time on the Gold Coast and for some, the highlight was spending time in classes with Somerset students.
Our adjudicators play a vital role in ensuring the Festival operates smoothly. We are indebted to them for assisting so graciously and thank them for all of their efforts. On behalf of the student performers and the Organising Committee I extend our sincere thanks for working so diligently over the two days.
The Festival does not just happen. Many hours of planning and preparation are involved. On behalf of all participants and their families our sincere thanks go to the Festival Programme Director, Mrs Helen Little and her band of helpers, especially the Somerset College Events Team, for their hard work both before the Festival and over the weekend. We also thank the Speech and Drama Teachers and the Music Teachers of Gold Coast schools for their support.
Similarly our student volunteers, some 80 in number provided invaluable assistance during the two days. Once again they demonstrated what outstanding ambassadors they are for our College.
We look forward to 2017 and welcoming new performers to the College and welcoming back those who enjoyed this year.
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