Another fun filled week of music is starting Monday for west central Saskatchewan. With an increase in participants and entries over the last two years, the Sandhills music festival in Leader will see performances of all kinds and all age ranges. 

This year is extra exciting though, due to the festival receiving a grant from Sask Culture, which has allowed them to support a youth choir and offer a speech arts workshop and coaching this year. 

Participants to look out for this year include the festival’s youngest performer returning for their second year of speech arts.  

The grade 1, 3, 4 and 5 classes have a choral reading with 2 poems each. 

 A vocal artist who is aiming to go provincial and even national with their talent. As well as multiple talented individuals who on their own accord entered to perform. 

Elizabeth Heatcoat, Acting-President Sand Hills Music Festival Association is just as excited as the participants for this year’s event, 

"It is so amazing to see the participants truly shine, embrace the stage and have the opportunity to develop new life skills and step out of their comfort zones."  

Performances range from speech arts, choirs, piano, percussion guitar and voice.  

Monday and Tuesday, April 22 to 23 are the days to watch the initial performances. The Grand Concert will wrap things up on Thursday April 25.