Local Competitive Music Festivals
'The Festival adopts the motto of Sir Henry Walford Davies “Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival, but to pace one another on the road to excellence". The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and relies on entry fees, fundraising and sponsorship to continue to offer performance opportunities to musicians, singers and actors from the North East and beyond. The Festival takes place each year in the first week of June, in halls throughout the city. The Festival is not just for the performers. All events are open to the public and audiences are warmly welcomed.'
'Annual event comprising of competitive and non-competitive classes in Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Ensemble sections. We hold a Primary Schools Day including school ensembles, recorder solos, as well as duet and group classes.' Held Early February.
'We regularly receive comments that this is a really friendly and informative festival; to those of you who may be new to it, its “difference” means that after every performance, in whatever category, an adjudicator of the highest calibre will give instant comments and helpful advice. Audiences appreciate hearing these assessments immediately instead of having to wait until the end of the class, and performers really enjoy the chance to work on their pieces with an experienced adjudicator.' Held End April.
'In May 2016 we celebrated the 100th Festival in Alderley Edge with a Grand Celebratory Concert on the evening of 23 April 2016 in the newly refurbished Festival Hall. Many exceptional past winners in both Music and Speech and Drama were featured - it was a very exciting, indeed amazing, landmark event for both the Festival and the village as a whole ...'
'Takes place during February and March in the new Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena which has modern facilities for most major performing arts. The Festival provides a wide opportunity for performers at all stages of music, speech, drama and dance. There are two Gala Nights : the Instrumental Festival Night on the first Saturday evening of the Music weeks and the Vocal and Prizewinners Gala on the last Saturday evening.'
'Takes place over three consecutive weekends in March ... Known as the "friendly festival" we offer a very warm welcome to entrants of all ages ... Entrants with the highest mark in each of our main sections will be presented with an overall award at our Gala Concert and Award Ceremony which will be held in May. This concert will feature performances from award winners and other high scorers.'
'In addition to adult competitors, the Festival includes classes for juniors 18 years and under in all three disciplines and is still run by a voluntary committee and the faithful band of stewards who give their time each year to help supervise the halls and organise the performers in their appropriate classes. We are always looking for new helpers, as each year goes by we all get a little older! If you would like to help please contact the Secretary ...' Music Section held Mid June.
'The Festival has been held every year since 1988 and is one of more than 300 Festivals held in the UK every year. Some Festivals offer classes in music, speech and drama and dance. Blackheath Music Festival has always been a music-only Festival. Our adjudicators are all specialists in their subject - piano, singing and strings - and are nationally recognised musicians.' Held Early May.
'A feature of recent years has been the striving to reflect current trends in arts and culture as well as preserving the best of the past ... The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment as well as adjudication, and this is reflected in excellent standards within a safe and friendly environment. In addition to the Committee the festival is fortunate to have the services of many volunteers who are dedicated to furthering its aims and objectives. We are grateful to the Mayor of Bournemouth for his continued support and, from 2016, we have an association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ...' Held Mid June.
'From small beginnings in 2013, Bowdon Festival has grown into a major arts event in Trafford and North Cheshire. We are a registered charity and are run entirely by volunteers. Our principal activity is Bowdon Youth Festival, held on the first weekend of February each year ... The Bowdon Youth Festival provides an opportunity for young people still at school to perform music, speech and drama, supported by eminent and experienced Adjudicators and Accompanists. In a supportive environment, young people can experience solo and group public performance, building confidence and expertise in their chosen area. We provide classes in Voice, Strings, Piano, Organ, Woodwind and Brass, Speech, Drama and for Choirs.'
Music Section held Mid March: 'You will be performing in bright modern classrooms or lecture theatres with raked seating. Our accompanists use digital pianos. The piano provided for performance is a well-maintained Bösendorfer Grand.'
'We are a Festival celebrating amateur music and drama performing, with opportunities for children, young people and adults to perform in both a competitive and non-competitive supportive environment and benefit from feedback.' Held Mid May.
'Founded in 1970, superseding the original Wesley Eisteddfod. It is a charity run by volunteers, giving local musicians from across Cornwall the opportunity to take part in a celebration of music, from accordion to woodwind. All entrants benefit from invaluable performing experience and receive constructive feedback from our experienced adjudicator, as well as having an enjoyable time at our friendly festival!' Held Early November.
'Cambridge Youth Music supports music activities for young people in Cambridgeshire. It runs the annual Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition, providing a platform for talented young composers.' Competition Finals held Late October.
'Since 1924 the historic borough of Carrickfergus has played host to an annual music festival. Over the years, Carrick Festival has developed into a two week extravaganza of music and drama featuring a host of talented individuals and enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences culminating in a grand gala night rounding off the event and is one of the town's premier annual events.' Held Early May.
'In 1946 Chadsmoor Progressive Working Men’s Club choir entered the Brownhills Music Festival. When they got back to the club they were discussing the Festival over a glass of beer and decided they would try and organise one in Chadsmoor. In September 1947 the first Chadsmoor, Hednesford & District Music Festival was held ... It was very successful and the committee decided to carry on and repeat the event annually ... The Festival date was eventually changed to October but the ethos of a friendly family festival still remains to this day.'
Founded 1926: 'It has been said that progress always means change but change does not always mean progress and whilst we can all find too many instances supporting that theory, the Festival positively disproves that notion. Our Festival has indeed seen many changes as the years have gone by, but the fact that we have celebrated our 80th anniversary (the oldest Cheltenham Festival, incidentally) is clear evidence that progress has indeed been made, as proved by the consistently large number of participants, which shows that the continuing revision of both classes and their scheduling has been beneficial, not to say essential: the Committee has its finger on the pulse!' Held Early May.
'There are music sections – vocal, piano, instrumental, choirs and bands – plus a small section for composition. Each section is divided into subsections consisting of competitive classes, some of them open to all comers, others limited by age, by grade or level of performance, or by type of performance (e.g. piano duet, school choir etc.). You can enter as many classes as you like, subject to being eligible. Each section is judged by a professional Adjudicator, who will provide a written and, time permitting, a verbal assessment of each performance, and award appropriately graded certificates to each performer. Many classes carry medals and trophies in addition to certificates, provided a high enough standard is reached. Winners of first, second and third places are normally announced at the end of each class.' Held Early May.
'The festival was re-launched as Chesterfield Music Festival in 2010. The aim of the festival is to provide a competitive platform for amateur musicians and singers to perform in a supportive setting and to receive a professional adjudication on their performance ... The festival was renamed in 2014 to emphasize the competitive nature of the festival ... The festival also gives the general public an opportunity to enjoy the talents of competitors and to appreciate performances of music and song, along with speech and drama, in a festival environment. We, therefore, encourage people to go along to a session and listen or alternatively to the "All Winners' Concert".' Held Late April.
'The Dulwich Music Festival runs several events throughout the year for piano, fortepiano and harpsichord at various London venues. The festival was established in 2012 by South London-based harpsichordist and music teacher Lorraine Liyanage to address the need for local music events in the vibrant community of South London. Starting as a small annual event at Dulwich College, the festival has expanded each year to includes more instruments and venues. The not-for-profit festival is run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to get involved, do please get in touch ...'
'Established in 1921 and from small beginnings it has developed into the flourishing festival it is today.A Music week takes place in the first week of March each year followed by a Verse Speaking and Drama week. Well over a thousand young people from across the community participate annually, performing as individuals, groups and in the increasingly popular section for choirs. An experienced team of local volunteers is responsible for planning and organising the Festival which has become an important annual event in the Dungannon area.'
'Annual competitive event for performers of all ages. It takes place during April and May of each year at a range of venues in the London Borough of Ealing ... We welcome entries from performers of all ages and levels of ability.'
'The Festival movement was established in the 1870s at a time of major educational development and by 1904 no fewer than 60 festivals had been formed. A Federation of Festivals was established in 1920, which has since developed into the British and International Federation of Festivals with over 300 affiliations in the UK alone ... In November 1966 it was decided in that a Competitive Music and Arts Festival should be held in East Grinstead. The inaugural Festival took place in June and July 1968 and incorporated Piano, Choral, Instrumental, Drama and Dancing ...' Held Early April.
'Competitive festival held annually in Eastbourne, and was originally founded in 1961. The aims of the festival are to help to promote and encourage the study and practice of the Arts of Music, Dance, Speech and Drama in all their branches.' Held Mid February.
'The Eskdale Festival is Whitby’s increasingly popular festival of music and the spoken word, consisting of the Festival held each year in March, which culminates in the Concert Band Competition and Boyes Gala Concert, and the National Choir Day in April.'
'We welcome participants of all ages and abilities, giving them the opportunity to perform in superb conditions and to receive guidance in both non-competitive and competitive classes from our four professional adjudicators.' Held Mid November.
'The syllabus has been chosen by a group of local musicians and includes classes for a wide variety of skills. Our name, the Galloway Music Festival, illustrates the main area from which entries are received ... Members of the public are most welcome to attend all events during the festival, both daytime and evening sessions; admission to all events except the Festival Concert is FREE.' Held Early March.
'We pride ourselves on having classes to cater for most people and expect about 2000 entries each year. Classes can be found in Music, Dance and Speech & Drama. We are very well represented by local talent but others come from the London area, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire. We are a very friendly festival but expect high standards of performance and presentation.' Held During March.
'Founded in 1949, by a small group of local volunteers who wished to help and encourage Gosport residents, particularly young people, to gain confidence and aspiration from musical performance ... Entirely non-sponsored the Festival has grown from strength to strength over the years and now attracts entries from across the South of well over 2000 annually. Dance Schools, Choirs, Barbers Shops are encouraged. Always a “grass roots” event the Gosport Music Festival has welcomed many entrants with exceptional standard of performance who have gone on to achieve national acclaim and TV fame.' Held Mid November.
'Annual event in which musicians in the town can perform in a friendly environment but in competition with their peers and in front of an expert adjudicator. Ages range from earliest school-age to senior citizens. Classes for all types of instrument and vocal style are normally offered and performers may be soloists, ensembles, orchestras or choirs.' Held Mid March.
'The Festival is an Educational Trust, as started by the Harrogate Town Council as it then was, aiming to improve and enhance the performing skills of musical, singing and speech and drama students. To this end, a wide variety of classes is held encompassing solo performers, duets and groups both large and small, in all of the arts of Music, Speech and Drama.' Held Early March.
'One of the biggest and most prestigious in the country ... Its two main focuses are the providing of excellent performance opportunities for all ages with adjudication of specialists in their field, and also the awarding annually of grants to young performers as they continue into further studies in College/Conservatoire in their chosen discipline, whilst its International Piano Concerto Competition brings young pianists from around the world. The Festival takes place annually during more than three weeks of March.'
'The Hatfield & District Music Festival are proud to have been involved in the encouragement of music-making for all ages and abilities for over 30 years. We feel that it is important for musicians to have the opportunity to compete in front of an audience and have their performances assessed by professional adjudicators. The Festival operates as a Charity and is run entirely by volunteers.' Held Mid February.
'The Festival began in 1948 at Highbridge Town Hall. It has grown from an afternoon of performances to a large event held over 12 days in three different venues with over 2300 performances in Speech & Drama, Dance and Music. Performers are adjudicated by professional adjudicators, who are recognised by The Federation, and marks are awarded using nationally recognised standards. We welcome performers of all ages and abilities to take part in a wide variety of classes; from tiny tots to octogenarians, everyone is encouraged to share their talents, whether they wish to recite a poem, act in a play, dance in any number of styles, play an instrument or sing, either as a soloist or with others.' Held Mid March.
'Provides opportunities for amateur musicians and singers of all ages to perform in a friendly environment and to receive feedback and advice from distinguished professional musicians. The emphasis of HPP is on education and performance rather than competition so there are no trophies but all performers receive a certificate for participating.' Held Mid June.
'Competitive festival with classes for all ages and all abilities ... The primary aim of the Festival is to encourage the study and performance of the arts. This is done by giving the opportunity for public performance of a prepared piece by an entrant and providing constructive criticism in a competitive but friendly atmosphere' Held Mid October.
'The Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival, being one of the most prestigious in the North of England, attracts performers from all parts of the United Kingdom, eager to have their talent adjudicated and encouraged by specialist adjudicators. The venue for the event is Huddersfield Town Hall, with many classes being held in its magnificent Concert Hall. Indeed it is in this wonderful setting that the Last Night Concert is held on the final evening, when we are entertained by some of the best talent from the whole festival ... Susannah Sunderland (nee Sykes) was a famous soprano soloist, born in Brighouse, near Huddersfield, in 1819. Her natural talent for singing was noticed by local blacksmith Luke Settle, himself a singer, who first trained her voice, and she subsequently was taught by other respected local amateur musicians ...' Held Mid February.
'Competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities ... Performers are adjudicated on their performance ... Inverness Festival Association owns or cares for 90 shields, trophies and cups. If all classes that award trophies etc. are entered, then 88 of these are awarded each year. There are also 6 levels of certificate - Fair, Moderate, Merit, Commended, Distinction, and Outstanding. The competitive element of the Festival culminates with the prestigious Premier Competitions.' Held Early March.
'The competition is run over three weeks every March with around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries. A number of young people taking part go on to careers in music, dance and drama ... With the exception of the Band Night, all classes are judged by paid professional national and international adjudicators who have been assessed and approved by the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech. Again with the exception of the Band Night, all performers are given a written assessment of their performance by the Adjudicator.'
'Has its origins in non-conformism. By the early twentieth century Kettering was led by a number of prominent non-conformists who, between 1900 and 1915 help establish a number of beneficial public amenities. Many of these social visionaries featured in the organisation of support of the early festivals ... The four day Eisteddfod takes place in March where you will hear many fine performances in a pleasing atmosphere throughout the various venues ... The finale of the Eisteddfod is our Celebration Concert where we “Celebrate the Arts” with performances from those who achieved high marks in the Eisteddfod and it is also where we present out special awards.'
'Hull Musical Festival started in 1906 and, apart from the years between 1940 and 1943, has been held annually ever since. It has always been a competitive Festival and became hugely successful, especially during the 1950's & The Festival of Britain, the 1960's, 70's and 80's. It grew in entry numbers to become one of the largest in the country. Each of the Sections - Piano, Vocal and Choral, Instrumental, Verse and Drama, Schools' Dance needed a whole week of performance and adjudication sessions, each using every morning, afternoon and evening. In 2007, entry numbers dropped considerably in the Piano, Instrumental & Vocal section, for a variety of reasons, but we managed to keep going. And now, with the input of a group of young, enthusiastic instrumental teachers, it is gradually returning to its former self.' Held Early April.
'A vibrant four-day event consisting of Classes in Pianoforte, Choral, Instrumental, Traditional and Guitar. Today’s Festival has moved a long way from its beginnings in 1925, and its revival in 1999, but the ethos remains the same: to promote and encourage young people to participate in music. Our Festival is aimed at children and young people and is tailored to encourage all entrants, from the rawest beginner, to the student about to step into the higher echelons of their musical studies. All are treated with respect, are put at ease, and benefit greatly from the comments made by our expert and sensitive Adjudicators.'
'The Festival classes take place on various dates in June of each year ... Friends, family and teachers are very welcome indeed. The Festival is a public event and anyone is welcome to attend. There will be a ticket charge on the door to contribute towards the overall Festival costs, but a ticket will cover all the events taking place on that day, not just your class, so it is good value! Everyone is encouraged to become a Member of the Festival for an annual subscription. This will include admission to all events on any day throughout the several weeks' duration of the Festival. If you or other members of your family are involved in a range of classes in different sections, then this is an attractive option.'
New in 2017: 'Opportunities for amateur musicians of all ages to participate in and enjoy: Piano, Organ & Singing Competitions; Concerts & Recitals; Workshops & Masterclasses ... Leicester MusicFest is run by a team of local professional musicians and teachers, all of whom are volunteers. We are not yet a registered charity, and rely heavily upon the generosity of donors and patrons, without whose help this very worthwhile endeavour simply could not take place'. Held Mid March.
'Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.' Held Early July.
'The support given to the Festival by schools, teachers, competitors, parents and the general public is greatly appreciated. The committee and members would welcome added support from anyone interested in encouraging the competitors to continue developing their skills in their chosen discipline. Support can be given in many ways, especially by attending the various Festival Sessions throughout the week. Anyone interested in giving additional help should contact a member of the committee.' Held Mid March.
'A uniquely inspired annual four day performing arts event, including adjudicated concerts, masterclasses with world-class experts and formal performances across London. Taking place in July each year, it is open to amateur ensembles of all musical and performing arts disciplines, including choral, instrumental ensembles and dance groups.'
'The Festival provides a wonderful showcase for encouraging young performers in music, dance and drama to perform in public and experience competition in a friendly and creative environment. The participants also have the opportunity to be judged by experienced independent adjudicators. As well as encouraging young people, the festival delights in affording performance opportunities for more mature singers and actors with our Festivals of Choirs and One Act Plays.' Held Late February.
'Our aim is to create a Festival that children and adults of all ages and abilities will come and enjoy being part of, and leave with a great sense of achievement and fulfilment. Our outstanding adjudicators give each individual high quality perceptive and positive advice. Our entrants are given a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other and gain confidence in their performance in front of family, friends and supporters of the Festival. I would urge you to spread the word to all your friends and their teachers about the great benefits of entering the Festival ...' Held Mid November.
'Mary Wakefield was born in 1853 at the Old House, Kendal, the daughter of a local banker, and lived later at Sedgwick House, near Kendal. From her earliest years, she was a talented singer who, after training with notable London teachers, gave many charity concerts, sang at the Gloucester Festival and was acclaimed by many eminent critics. Barred by the conventions of the day from pursuing a career as a professional singer, she poured her love of music into a desire to make music more available to rural communities. She founded and trained a number of choirs choirs in the villages around Kendal and brought them together for the first time in 1885 to take part in a “Singing Competition” to raise money for Crosscrake Church. The idea took hold and within a few years a large choir could be assembled to sing larger works. Several of the choirs founded by Mary Wakefield still thrive and still support the Festival for which they were created.' Held Mid March.
Started in 1980: 'Most popular with audiences are the concert-type entertainment classes on Wednesday and Friday evenings, when a high standard of performance can be enjoyed in the Songs from the Shows on Wednesday and the various choral, ensemble and solo vocal performances on the Friday. As always, the high point is the Saturday evening brass band competition ... The festival will continue to move with the times, taking account of changing interests and contemporary trends according to public demands ... We value and take account of any suggestions from our local communities that would enhance the Mid Argyll Music Festival'. Held Mid March.
'Here at Minsterley Eisteddfod we have a growing committee of young volunteers who are passionate about providing something of value for young and old alike. Hundreds of volunteer hours go in to making each year a success ... We do it because over the years we have seen children compete from an early age and with the support we like to give them they have come back time and again. We have seen them grow and improve to a point where many go on to exciting artistic careers and some have even come back and performed for us professionally at our annual concerts ...' Held Mid March.
'Encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and instrumental competitions. Local residents and visitors alike are thrilled to hear the Gaelic language brought to life through ancient and modern songs and bardachd (poetry) and also the use of the language in conversation ... The Mòd is not just a competitive event it is a social gathering for all those interested in the language and music. A large number of those attending do so just as a member of the audience and many local residents have described the local Mòd as their big day out!' Held September.
'We encourage excellence and enjoyment in the performance of vocal and instrumental music among young people and provide a supportive, friendly environment where young people can gain their first pleasurable experience of musical competition.' Held Mid November.
'One of the largest of its kind worldwide. There are approximately 14,000 entries each year; three sessions per day, and the equivalent of 39 days of performance across seven Sections. Classes are scheduled for Newry Town Hall and the adjoining Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. The Feis also enjoys excellent support from local groups and organisations when special facilities are needed for Organ classes and Music Making for Special Needs.' Held February - May.
'Began in 1900 as the Musical Competitions, founded by Lady Winefride Elwes, wife of the internationally acclaimed tenor, Gervase Elwes. Apart from two World Wars and a very short period in the fifties, our Festival has continued, year after year to attract entries in Music and Drama classes. In 2020 we celebrate our 100th Festival.' Held Late March.
'The Festival provides a performance opportunity for you to show off your talents and skills and receive some expert comment and help from one of our team of professional adjudicators. Most importantly, it gives you the chance to hear others perform.'
'Our objective is to educate in the arts of Music and Speech in all their branches. We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing in front of an audience and to be inspired by the efforts of their peers. Professional adjudicators give praise and encouragement through constructive comments. Further opportunity for talent is provided at a Concert held in June when selected winners of classes perform.' Held Mid May.
'A celebration of the arts including performing arts, visual arts and creative arts. The festival is held every year in and around Nuneaton, and is open to all ages, children and adults, all cultures and abilities from anywhere in the UK. Entries are welcomed from individuals, groups, schools, etc. Classes can be non- competitive or competitive. All classes are adjudicated and all entrants receive a comment sheet from the adjudicator.'
'Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, is now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales. Normally held in March of each year the Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.'
'A not-for-profit organisation providing performance opportunities for amateur performers of all ages. We aim to keep entry fees as reasonable as possible, but in the last two years income has not kept up with rising costs ... Oundle Festival of Music and Drama gratefully acknowledges the support of its Patrons, including Oundle Town Council. It is because of their generosity that the Festival is still running. We are also grateful to local businesses who sponsor pages in our programme and syllabus. Their help enables us to keep entry fees down for our junior competitors.' Held Late March.
'Offers competitive classes in most instruments, solo singing, choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles. The Festival is open to all ages and abilities, and offers a friendly and welcoming environment for musicians to perform before their peers, their parents and teachers and the general public.' Held Mid March.
'The only one of its kind in the Local Authority District & gives a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages either as part of the audience enjoying the competitive performances & the winner’s concert; or as competitors gaining experience of public performance in their own particular speciality where they have the opportunity to gauge their own work against that of their contemporaries & gain the benefit of expert advice & comments from highly experienced professional adjudicators in both drama and music.' Held Late March.
'2017 is 100 years since the first Portsmouth Music Festival in 1917, so we hope to make this year's Festival a very special one! For a start, to encourage everyone to enter as many classes as possible, we have not made any price increases this year. There is also a class in most sections where entrants are asked to perform a work written in 1910 - 1917. Another celebratory event will be the Centenary Concert at Portsmouth High School on Sunday February 5th in which some of our most successful performers from 1970 to 2010 will be taking part ...' Held February - March.
'Two week Music Festival held in Reigate and Redhill, giving young performers and adults the opportunity to participate in adjudicated classes in instrumental music, singing, and speech and drama.' Held Early May.
'Has provided an annual showcase for amateur talent from across the Medway area and further afield. The Festival features a wide variety of performance styles in music, speech and drama, with classes to suit all age groups and levels of ability.' Held Mid April.
'If you enjoy playing an instrument, acting, singing or all kinds of speaking in public we have opportunities for you to perform in public and gain invaluable feedback on your work. In June and July our Music Festival takes place and in November it is the turn of Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar ... We look forward to seeing you soon!'
'Takes place annually during the last week in June. It is a competitive festival - a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech - which seeks to provide a platform for performers of all ages who wish to develop their performance skills in a friendly and supportive environment ... There are piano, vocal and instrumental classes; soloists and ensembles, ranging from duets to orchestras and choirs, are all welcome. Our adjudicators often commend the Festival for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the high standard of performance.'
'The Music Section of the Scunthorpe Music Festival is one of the original sections of the North Lindsey Music and Arts and Crafts Festival being the forerunner of the known Scunthorpe Music Festival. The section comprises of Vocal, Woodwind, Brass, String & Keyboard Instrumental classes for all ages from Infants through to classes for adults. The classes were originally held in the Centenary Methodist Church and the festival in the early years was honoured to have Vaughan Williams and Granville Bantock as adjudicators. Past performers have gone on to be members of professional Orchestras both at home and abroad.' Held Late May.
'Started in 1951, is well known and popular with Adjudicators and competitors as friendly and enthusiastic, and draws entries from all over the South-east ... Classes are held over two weekends in June ... in Speech & Drama, Piano, Singing (including Choirs), Woodwind & Brass (including Orchestras), Strings and Accordions. Probably the biggest landmark in the Festival's history was the launching of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition, founded by June Clements in 1995. The standard of the competitors each year has been astounding ...'
'Formed in 1976 and has developed over the years to become one of the most respected competitive events in the country. The Festival is well known for its high standards, friendliness and efficient organisation. It gives competitors an opportunity to perform on a stage in a beautifully refurbished venue, with ideal facilities. All aspects of the performing arts are catered for in the many and varied selection of classes in music and speech. Individuals, schools and groups of all ages and standards can acquire invaluable experience and have the benefit of performing before an audience. The helpful comments and advice given by the renowned and often international adjudicators engaged by the Festival, gives competitors the stimulation to go on to further achievements.' Held Early April.
'A forum for amateurs of all ages to present their talent in both competitive and non-competitive environments ... The range of classes is extensive from classical music solos to songs from the shows, from ensembles to choirs, from poetry reading to drama scenarios. In the recent past the national Festival movement has struggled as people have had more calls upon their time and this has resulted in the demise of Festivals in Blackpool, Crosby, St Annes, Wigan and Leyland. Accordingly, Southport and Wirral are the sole remaining Festivals serving the West Lancashire and Merseyside community ...'
'Competitive festival open to people of all ages ... The Festival started in 1922 as the Clare Festival, and gradually expanded and moved to Sudbury. It now offers about 400 classes in the three main branches of performing arts: music, dance, and speech and drama. Children and adults with a wide range of abilities from all over East Anglia take part, and benefit enormously from the experience – learning the discipline of preparing their piece, taking the stage, and watching and listening to their peers.' Held Early March.
'For more than 100 years, during March each year, the Tynedale Music Festival has produced a feast of music for the people of Tynedale. The Festival is based in Hexham, Northumberland and it provides a platform for musicians from all parts of the north of England where they can demonstrate their talents and enjoy the pleasure of playing to a live audience. Musicians of all interests - young and old; beginners and concert level; vocal and instrumental; classical and folk - present their best performances ...'
'Based upon the River Wansbeck and its surrounding areas and serves musicians of all ages from around the North East region. The Festival attracts entries from competitors both individual and in ensembles ranging from Duets to Orchestras, Bands and Choirs. Competitors came from as far afield as Alnwick to Teesside.' Held Late March.
'The Festival movement aims to cultivate the joy of music-making, and Wantage Music Festival provides a friendly and supportive platform for musicians of all ages to share in the excitement of making music. We aim to keep the element of competition to a minimum, and we hope to encourage performers to learn from one another, as well as from expert adjudication, by grouping classes together. We use the British Federation of Festivals’ performance categories: Outstanding, Distinction, Commended, Merit, Moderate and Fair. We especially welcome new entrants and, of course, audiences. Our admission charges for audience members are deliberately kept very modest and it’s an excellent way to come and hear music live in Wantage! Do come and listen.' Held Mid June.
'A non-competitive festival open to all musicians of all ages and abilities. Entrants have the rare opportunity to perform their music in front of an audience – many for the first time – and get feedback from a highly qualified and friendly adjudicator. The Festival provides a whole day of music, from 9am through till 5.30pm and it would be great to have an audience for our young (and not so young) performers ...'. Held Early March.
'The Music Festival is open to amateurs only. For this purpose, AMATEUR is defined by the British and International Federation of Festivals as follows: “Any person whose principal means of livelihood is not obtained from performing or teaching work in music, speech, elocution or drama; even if he or she from time to time accepts a fee, stipend or honorarium for dramatic or musical services rendered”. Held Late March.
'The aims of the Worksop Music and Drama Festival are educational, providing a public platform from which keen performers can receive the encouragement and advice of an experienced adjudicator, and appreciate the value and enjoyment to be gained from performance. The festival is held in March every year, culminating in an Award Ceremony & Prize Winners Concert featuring some of the best performances from all sections.'
'The Federation of Festivals is the membership body for all festivals that provide opportunities for amateur performers and to the professional adjudicators / accompanists that work with our festivals. We support the festival movement by providing information, support, advice and essential services to our members ... There are almost 300 member festivals across the UK, Ireland and beyond ...'
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- * Tetbury Music FestivalCategory: Classical Music FestivalsCreated:
- + Royal Sutton Coldfield OrchestraCategory: Symphony OrchestrasCreated:
- + NoteAbilityCategory: Community ChoirsCreated:
- ~ Choir Schools' AssociationCategory: Music Associations and SocietiesCreated:
- @ Palace Theatre NewarkCategory: Theatres and Opera HousesCreated:
- + Whitburn BandCategory: Brass and Silver BandsCreated:
- + Chalfont Concert Wind BandCategory: Concert and Wind BandsCreated:
- * Wye Valley Chamber MusicCategory: Workshops and MasterclassesCreated:
- * Britten-Pears FoundationCategory: Composer SocietiesCreated:
- + Wyndham SingersCategory: Male Voice ChoirsCreated:
- + Ballet CymruCategory: Ballet CompaniesCreated:
- + Redhill SinfoniaCategory: Chamber OrchestrasCreated:
- * Cirencester International Organ FestivalCategory: Instrumental FestivalsCreated:
- + Brass Sounds InverclydeCategory: Brass and Silver BandsCreated:
- * Hertfordshire Music ServiceCategory: Local Music Services and TrustsCreated:
- + Erewash Musical SocietyCategory: Operatic and Dramatic SocietiesCreated:
- + London Symphony OrchestraCategory: Symphony OrchestrasCreated:
- @ Hever CastleCategory: Historic Houses and BuildingsCreated:
- + National Youth Choirs of Great BritainCategory: Young Persons Singing Groups and ChoirsCreated:
- * Leominster FestivalCategory: Community Music FestivalsCreated:
- + Plymouth Area Police ChoirCategory: Male Voice ChoirsCreated:
- * Wharfedale Recorded MusicCategory: Recorded Music SocietiesCreated:
- + Grantham Choral SocietyCategory: Choral SocietiesCreated:
- * NLMS Music Summer SchoolCategory: Summer SchoolsCreated:
- + West Wickham Operatic SocietyCategory: Operatic and Dramatic SocietiesCreated:
- + Amadeus Chamber OrchestraCategory: Chamber OrchestrasCreated:
- * Mark Kendall Artists ManagementCategory: Artist Managers and AgenciesCreated:
- + Wessex Concert OrchestraCategory: Symphony OrchestrasCreated:
- + VOCES8Category: Small Vocal GroupsCreated:
- + Camden ChoirCategory: Choral SocietiesCreated:
- + Broadland BandCategory: Concert and Wind BandsCreated:
- * Louth & District Concert SocietyCategory: Local Concert PromotersCreated:
- + Kings Langley Musical Theatre CompanyCategory: Operatic and Dramatic SocietiesCreated:
- + New Essex ChoirCategory: Community ChoirsCreated:
- ~ The StradCategory: Music MagazinesCreated:
- + Mereside BrassCategory: Brass and Silver BandsCreated:
- * Southern Early Music ForumCategory: Early MusicCreated:
- + Wadebridge Male Voice ChoirCategory: Male Voice ChoirsCreated:
- @ St Thomas of Canterbury BrentwoodCategory: ChurchesCreated:
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