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Bishop’s Falls’ Beth Lane wows at Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival

Dr. Jeff Cole presented Beth Lane with the Cole Award – for most outstanding performance of the festival – during the Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival’s awards ceremony on April 5.
Dr. Jeff Cole presented Beth Lane with the Cole Award – for most outstanding performance of the festival – during the Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival’s awards ceremony on April 5. - Contributed

Hitting all the right notes

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. —

Beth Lane has an ear for music.

It’s how, she says, she taught herself to play three different instruments – piano, guitar and ukulele.

“When I was younger, I used to go to my cousin’s and they had a piano,” Beth explained, of how she discovered she had the ability to teach herself to play music.

“I’d mess around on that every now and then and figure out little tunes.”

Her love of music, interest and abilities have progressed from there, the 16-year-old resident of Bishop’s Falls recently told The Central Voice.

Those ears and her voice also helped her realize a significant achievement during this year’s 54th Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Beth won the Cole Award for most outstanding performance of the festival as well as the Laura Blackmore Award for best solo performance in Newfoundland music.

The Leo Burke Academy student was recognized for her rendition of Sing You Home, by the Ennis Sisters.

Beth had seen the well-known Newfoundland group perform the song and fell in love with it.

“It’s got such a nice meaning, so I decided it would be a good choice this year,” she said.

Beth said she had no idea she was in the running for the Cole Award.

“It was quite a surprise, I guess. I was really happy about it,” she said.

A long-time performer at the Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival, Beth said the event really helps performers and singers evolve and grow. She’s also met quite a few people at the festival who have since become significant parts of her life.

As for future aspirations, Beth said she isn’t sure yet, but it definitely will be music-related.

“I love to perform, so something along those lines,” she said.



54th Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival major award winners


Cole Award

Most outstanding performance of the festival: Beth Lane


Laura Blackmore Award

Best solo performance in Newfoundland music: Beth Lane


Howell Memorial Award

Best performance of a church choir: St. Ignatius Youth Choir


Cater Memorial Rose Bowl

Best solo performance senior competition: Katelyn Adey

(15 years and over)


Hennessey Memorial Rose Bowl

Best solo performance junior competition: Genna Hedges

(14 years and under)


Stanley Memorial Rose Bowl

Best group performance: Lewisporte Collegiate Senior Concert Band


Jay and Julie Coffey Award: Katelyn Adey


Individuals recommended by the adjudicators to participate in the provincial music festival: Shannon Ivey and Maddison Braye


Raines Family Award

Best performance in solo speech: Clair Foss


Bernice Edwards Memorial Award

Best piano performance of the festival: Madison Braye


Bruce Reid Memorial Award

Best performance by a choir: Bay D’Espoir Academy Dolce Singers

(excluding church choirs)


Greco Pizza Donair Award

Best performance in junior piano: Kennedy Willcott


Alphonsus Hennessey Memorial Award

Best performance by a concert band or jazz band: Exploits Valley Intermediate Jazz Band


Ron Ennis Award

Best performance in traditional folk music: Julia Mills


Raymond S. Pretty Memorial Award

Most promising brass player: Madison Braye

(17 years and under)


Thomas Pitcher Memorial Award

Best performance in musical theatre: Allison Luscombe


Adjudicators Awards

(Presented by the adjudicators to the individuals they feel show the most promising potential for future musical development)

Vocal - Shannon Ivey

Piano - Benjamin Oldford

Instrumental - Jared Lake

Speech - Nicole Regular

Choirs - Exploits Valley Intermediate Chorale

Bands - Lewisporte Intermediate Jazz Band

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