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Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme – Judging Time

September 2015
The Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme, generously sponsored by ComXo, is well underway for 2015. We received over 430 entries to the competition from talented students at all 19 of the Royal Borough schools during the summer. September now sees our panel of experts meet to make their selections.

IMG_0026_SmallerOur Creative Writing judges met on Thursday 3rd September at the Windsor Festival office and read through 64 scripts. The judges were former Man Booker Prize Judge Alastair Niven, Festival Chairman and Poet The Reverend Canon John White and Children’s Books Editor for The Guardian, Julia Eccleshare.

Alastair Niven says: ‘It was a great pleasure to encounter such well written and interesting stories and so many imaginative and adventurous poems’.

Music Education Consultant and Choral Director Gillian Dibden met Richard Pinel, Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Thursday 10th September in Windsor Castle to choose the winners of the Music Composition.  There were 39 instrumental and vocal entries.

Gillian Dibden says: ‘The Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme provides a wonderful platform for those with a competitive spirit, and it’s been my pleasure to be involved with the judging for some years now’.

2015 has been an impressive year for the Schools’ Programme with 331 Art entries to the competition. Susann Laughton, Marketing Director at ComXo, spent an afternoon helping staff from Windsor Festival collate these at Windsor Racecourse.

Susann says: ‘Being involved with this inspiring initiative to foster emerging creative talent underlines the importance that creativity holds within ComXo’s own corporate culture. We are proud to be associated with the Schools’ Programme for a second year and look forward to discovering and recognising the wealth of talent in our local community.’IMG_0025

The Art judges will meet at Windsor Racecourse on Monday 14th September. The panel consists of Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures and Festival Trustee, Photographer Gill Aspel, Gallery Director at Ice Micky Middleton and Subject Advisor for Pearson Education Susan Young.

Micky Middleton says: ‘I will be using my expertise and enthusiasm of the arts in the judging of the Schools’ Programme’.

The results will be announced on Tuesday 15th September.

For official press release, click here.

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Cate Bonthuys, Catalyst Communications

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