Success of first Hexfest

Despite the poor weather, Hexfest was voted a success by all those involved in the day. Both the morning concerts were well attended. At the coffee concert Christopher Wren, the St Jude’s organist, gave a superb recital. There was an emphasis on music for a royal occasion, remembering the Queen’s 90th birthday. The excellent lunch concert was given by musicians from Leeds, Rachel van Heel (soprano), Dawn Lloyd (mezzo-soprano) and Peter Reasbeck (piano).

There was a variety of music at the Dell Cafe from 11.00 am through to 4.00 pm. Gordon led singing on his guitar, in his own inimitable way and this led to some impromptu folk singing by two customers at the cafe. Stephen and friend played some jazz on saxophone and guitar; this was lively and again played to a very high standard. Lydia, accompanied by Peter, played her flute and violin in an outstanding and moving way. The sisters Carmen and Clara Alvarez played the piano and guitar. The music just flowed from these two remarkable young girls. It was so encouraging to see and hear so much young talent on display.

Live music was heard in the Dell bandstand for the first time in years. Bob Bacon and his colleagues formed a brass ensemble. Again, the music was of the highest standard. Then there followed the Doncaster Scout Band. This group, composed mainly of youngsters, played in an infectious and lively manner. It was greatly appreciated by those who were there. Unfortunately the weather was most unkind, with strong winds and heavy rain at times. This deterred people from venturing out into the Dell. But those who were brave enough were well rewarded.

Is it to be repeated next year? This was the constant question. It is hoped have another Hexfest (with better weather) and perhaps extend the scope of it next year. So, watch this space.