SCHOOL pupils and students from Taunton have had their talents recognised at a local arts festival, with over 30 awards being handed out.

Taunton Senior School students were awarded first prize in 17 separate categories at the annual Taunton Festival of the Arts, and Taunton Prep pupils ranked top in a further 15.

The Prep School’s Senior and Junior choirs also won their respective sections at the event which showcases young talent from across Taunton.

Toby Carden, Director of Music at Taunton School, said: “We are so proud of the fabulous musical performances of all our students.

“The results reflect their passion and dedication throughout the year and we are thrilled that their success has been recognised by external adjudicators in this way.

“This historic festival is a reflection of the young musical talent which exists across Taunton and we are delighted to play our part in it.”

Philippa Simmonds, Director of Music & Performing Arts at Taunton Prep School, and conductor of both the winning choirs, added: “I am now really looking forward to taking the Taunton Prep School singers to their next event, the Barnardo’s National Choir of the Year final at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in March, where we hope to continue our successful run!”