Brackenfield School’s musical pedigree has been rewarded with a well-deserved first place in the Harrogate Comptetitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama. The Brackenfield Junior Choir performed three songs in the elite choir class to win the Mawer Trophy; Yesu Ni Wangu, I Love The Rain and Memories of World War One which was a medlay of three war songs; A long Way to Tipperary, Pack up your Troubles and Keep The Home Fire Burning. Director of Music, Ms Leaf was delighted with her choir “The children from Year 3 right up to Year 6 love being part of such an enthusiastic choir and they performed beautifully on the night. I am so pleased that all of their hard work has been rewarded with such a prestigious accolade. A big thank you also to Mrs Sowa, our Director of Studies, for her valued input, especially for playing the marching drum so well in our medlay”.

Of local interest, it’s wonderful that one of the songs performed has a direct link to a Brackenfield pupil. The World War One Medlay was dedicated to Felix Powell (1878-1942) who composed the popular WW1 marching song, “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile.” Felix Powell is the Great, Great Grandfather of Charlie, one of our pupils, who is a member of the school choir. The “Memories of World War 1” medlay was especially arranged by Helen Leaf at Brackenfield to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and as a tribute to all those who fought for peace.

Mr Comerford, Principal praised all the Brackenfield pupils who have participated in the festival. “Winning the Mawer Trophy rounds off another very successful festival for Brackenfield pupils. They have gained many well deserved awards in music, speech and drama. I am so pleased that Brackenfield has continued to support and contribute to such a wonderful festival and be part of celebrating the high standards of the arts in the region.”