Last Sunday the mayoress and I attended the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival Concert in the impressive Perrins Hall at the Royal Grammar School. This was an opportunity to see the winners from the competitions that were held over two weekends in March. The mayoress and I witnessed some of the competitions on 12th March and handed out trophies to the winners then.
At the Festival Concert we saw winners from twenty-three different categories from talented young people which included playing musical instruments, singing, and speech and drama. Three pianists performed; Michelle Ziqi Zhu, Etan Cai and Jasmine Went. I presented Michelle with the Vale Piano Trophy and Jasmine with the Marian Baker Memorial Cup, which must be one of the heaviest trophies I have had to hand over. I presented a silver salver to Georgina Hamilton for her recorder recital, having also handed her a trophy on my previous visit to the festival.
Space doesn’t allow me to mention all the performers, but we saw Elizabeth and Evelia Ray at both their competition and at the Festival Concert. The sisters performed “Anything You can Do” to the appreciative audience.
My other mayoral engagement this week was to attend the planting of a cherry tree outside the Waitrose supermarket on London Road. As Worcester is one of the select few Queens Green Canopy cities, this was highly appropriate. Helping me plant the tree were three pupils from nearby Nunnery Wood High School’s Eco Club, and we were joined by store manager Scott Whittaker and other Waitrose partners. The tree will have a special QGC commemorative plaque.