FESTIVALS - Parkside Singers of Ampthill

Parkside Singers of Ampthill have competed and quite successfully in the Bedford Festival of Music Speech & Drama for 4 years BC (= Before Covid). We look forward to future Festivals & singing "LIVE" there again soon.


Our recent years Bedford Festivals...

 2020   Bedford Festival of Music. (Class 13) PLACED 2nd

 2019   Bedford Festival of Music. (Class 13) DISTINCTION  

 2018   Bedford Festival of Music. (Class 13) COMMENDED

 2017   Bedford Festival of Music. (Class 13) COMMENDED

FESTIVAL - The Bedford Festival of Music Speech & Drama 2020


MD's  email from 9th March 2020

Dear Chorister

First of all we need to acknowledge what a wonderful collective effort we all put in over the past months that led the choir to such great performance on Saturday.  No one prouder in that Hall than myself.  Thank you for your support of the Music team.

Once again - a great night for the Choir, and the response in the Hall to our three songs was tremendous and well-deserved.


David Stott

Extract from Adjudicator’s Comments (BFMSD 2020)

Flying Free
A beautiful legato line and attractive phrasing.  Good use of dynamics.  The tone is generally warm and free.  Work hard at the diction – consonants need more crispness.   However, free vowels throughout.  What a beautiful piece – thank you for bringing this.

Castleford Ladies
Much better diction here.  A fun song with some effective storytelling.

African Prayer
This needs a stronger opening.  Keep breath low and project!  However secure tuning and well-balanced part singing.  Again good use fo dynamics.  Keep the energy up at the end of phrases.  Powerful ending.  Bravo!   

FESTIVAL - The Bedford Festival of Music Speech & Drama 2019

Extract from Adjudicator’s Comments (BFMSD 2019)

Fields Of Gold
One of my favourite songs, beautifully and sensitively sung.  Your balance and ensemble are lovely and your use of dynamics effective.  

All Through The Night
Beautiful "pp" at the beginning of this!  Another sensitive and expressive performance that built beautifully.  You achieve a lovely balance and this was charming.

O Sing Unto The Lord
A great contrast here to finish your delightful concert.  You sang with an energetic rhythm and crisp diction.  I really admire what you do – any chance your forte could be even more loud and thrilling?

A delightful concert of varied and well thought out repertoire.

Category D                     (D = Distinction - An excellent performance technically and artistically)

Sarah Jeffrey (Adjudicator)