03:04AM, Wednesday 31 October 2012
Talented musicians and dancers from across the Royal Borough have taken centre stage for the 47th annual Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance.
Last week, pianists, singers, choirs and other instrumentalists performed at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in a variety of competitive categories before an expert panel of judges.
The dance element of the competition then began on Monday at Maidenhead Town Hall, with a host of individual and group performances in mainly ballet-based dance forms.
The competition has some adult categories but is mainly aimed at under-18s, with some entrants as young as three.
The event has attracted thousands of competitors from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond, with schools and dance groups taking part.
Prizes and trophies were on offer for winners, with categories catering for a range of abilities and styles.
Festival chairman Pippa Eden said: "The quality of talent never ceases to amaze me with what the young people can do."
Profits from the event will go towards funding next year's showcase.
The festival is due to close on Friday.