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aberdeenmusicfestival.com

‘Aberdeen’s oldest and original music, drama and dance Festival began life in 1909 and is still very much alive today ... 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.’

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www.afym.org.uk

'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.

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www.abmusfest.org.uk

‘Caters for all ages, abilities and instruments. 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 Late April.

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www.alderleyedgefestival.com

'The Festival provides a platform for amateur performances with an educational element provided by professional adjudicators. Our Vision is to encourage and provide a conduit through public performances for young children to express themselves through music, speech and drama and to showcase and nurture this talent in the performing arts. We still believe in the ideal that the youth of today are talented in the arts and will always have something to offer. This talent is in all of us, and if, as a Society, we can nurture even a small amount of that talent, then we are making a difference. It is this difference that keeps us working so hard to make the Festival what it is.' Held Early May.

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www.aldershot-festival.org

'The Festival's objectives are to promote excellence in the performing arts at all levels and to encourage the participation of the people of Rushmoor, of all ages and abilities.' Pianoforte Competition held Early May.

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www.arunyoungmusicians.co.uk/the-festival/

‘Launched in 1981 with the support of the Rotary Club of Littlehampton and has gone on to showcase outstanding young talent every year, giving those young people the opportunity to gain valuable performance experience and receive feedback from experienced musicians. In its early days, the festival had just 30 youngsters taking part but now the festival has grown and attracts entrants to around 40 classes every year.’ Held Late October.

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www.ayrshiremusicfestival.org.uk

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www.ballymenafestival.org.uk

'The Festival 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.'

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barnsley-ymdfestival.co.uk

‘This is an annual youth Music and Drama Festival supported by the Co-perative Group and run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Held Mid June.

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Also indexedThe Co-operative Youth Music and Drama Festival
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basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk

Held Early March. 'We are consistently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis on fun and all-round participation! We’d love to see entrants of all ages and abilities taking part this coming year, and we endeavor to see smiles, creativity and enjoyment from all involved.'

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www.beckenham-festival.org.uk

‘One of the largest amateur competitive performing arts festivals in the south-east of England. There are around 450 classes in Music, Dancing and Speech & Drama, with specialist adjudicators in all sections. As well as certificates and medals there are over 200 cups and trophies to be won. A “Musician of the Year” competition is held on the final Sunday, and the Festival acts as a qualifying heat for the All-England Dance Competition.’ Music Section held During November.

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www.birminghammusicfestival.co.uk

'First held in 1937 ... In 2008, the Festival became a specialist piano only competition. It has been based in a variety of locations over the years, but for 2017 we will relocate to a fantastic new venue in The Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools in Edgbaston, Birmingham where our open classes will be held in Ruddock Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the UK, which is equipped with a Steinway Model D grand piano.' Held Mid October.

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www.blackburn-festival-of-speech-music-dance.org.uk

'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.

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www.blackheathmusicfestival.co.uk

‘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 Mid May.

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www.bmcf.info

'To celebrate excellence and promote community participation in the performing arts by presenting an annual festival, enhanced by competition and professional adjudication.'

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www.bowdonfestival.co.uk

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www.bristolfestival.co.uk

‘Our festival is an annual event featuring a wide range of musical instrument and vocal classes, competitive and some non-competitive. It is open to all ages from as young as 4 through to adults, from all walks of life and educational background. The Festival provides entrants with the opportunity to perform before an audience. The classes are judged by professional Adjudicators who will provide verbal and written assessments to help the entrants further develop their talents. The festival is held in various Bristol venues during the 3-4 weeks prior to the end of the Spring Term. The Bristol Eisteddfod Association is run by volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It is a non-profit making Registered Charity and is always grateful for financial support and sponsorship to ensure its future.’

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Also indexedBristol Eisteddfod Association
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www.burnleyfestival.co.uk

'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.' Music Section held Mid March.

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www.burtonvocalfestival.com

'Held in March each year. It has classes that are open to all age groups.'

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buxtonmsdfestival.co.uk/wordpress/

‘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.

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www.cambornemusicfestival.org.uk

'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 Mid November.

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www.cambridgecmf.co.uk

'Begun in 1934 its main aim was to encourage music making. That's still our aim. With over 120 classes, we hope it will provide an incentive for musicians of all abilities to:- * share their music with other musicians of similar talents and musical interests; * receive advice & encouragement from very experienced professional musicians.' Held Mid March.

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www.cambridgeyouthmusic.org.uk

'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 ... We are delighted to announce [2017] that the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition has now become part of a wider initiative – extending opportunities for young composers across East Anglia. The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition is being opened up to young people in both Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. A new competition – the Snape Young Composer of the Year – will be open to young people in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.'

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Also indexedCambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition | Snape Young Composer of the Year | East Anglian Young Composer
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www.carlislemusicanddrama.com

Established 1896: 'Brings together performers from all ages and abilities and from all over Cumbria, and beyond. The Festival is set up to encourage and support performers to display their talents and skills in front of a professional Adjudicator and a welcoming audience'. Held Mid March.

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www.carrickfestival.co.uk

'Amateur festivals have been active for over a century in our local communities and increasing leisure time and better educational opportunities are producing many talented amateur musicians, speakers and actors. Preparing for and performing at a festival involves young people in group activity and individual achievement. They gain a deeper appreciation of their repertoire and of the work of others. Each performer receives an adjudication from an expert in the genre entered. The inspiration gained from skilled adjudicators raises standards in amateur work throughout the country and all performers should leave with a sense of achievement.'  Held Late April - Early May.

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www.cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk

'The Festival was first held in 1926, the year of the General Strike, which hardly augured well for its future! The hope was then expressed “that in time it would become one of the greatest musical events in this part of England” – could they have imagined that the two day event would achieve its present pre-eminence and still be growing eighty years later?' Held Early May.

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www.cheshamartsfestival.org.uk

'We look forward to receiving your entries, whether it will be your first time at Chesham Arts Festival or whether you have been before ...'. Held February.

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chesterperformingarts.com

‘The Chester Festivals warmly welcome entrants for their Speech & Drama and Music events. Everyone has the benefit of performing in a supportive environment with positive feedback from our teams of expert adjudicators. It’s a great way to improve your performing skills and confidence. There are many classes for a wide range of styles, standards and ages, for both solo and groups. Meet other performers, learn from each other and take the chance to visit the great city of Chester.’

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www.cfmds.org.uk

‘Each year, the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance and Speech provides an opportunity for many hundreds of young people to perform in public and benefit from advice and encouragement from acknowledged experts in their field. Running the Festival is a complex, demanding task and fortunately we have a committed, enthusiastic and capable team of volunteers, but we always need more help. Perhaps you could become part of our team. It needn’t be a major commitment on your part, just a little of your time ...’ Held February - March.

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www.cleethorpesfestival.co.uk

'Gives a platform for performers in all categories; Poetry, Prose and Drama in the Words section and in the Music section we have classes for Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Voice.' Held Mid June.

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www.cornwallmusicfestival.co.uk

‘Provides a platform for many talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities. It gives the stimulus of preparing for a public occasion and an opportunity to listen and learn from the performances of others. As important is the constructive criticism, help and advice given by experienced adjudicators, which helps the competitors improve their respective skills. The Festival is held in March each year. In Festival week classes run from 9.30am to 9.30pm, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.’

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www.dpaf.org.uk/wp/

'We provide the opportunity to perform your chosen performing art before an audience and a highly skilled and experienced Adjudicator. Most classes may be entered competitively, but non-competitive entries are welcomed too. Many classes have trophies for the winners.'

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www.dulwichmusicfestival.co.uk

'Runs several events throughout the year for piano, fortepiano and harpsichord at various London venues. The festival was established in 2012 ... Starting as a small annual event at Dulwich College, the festival has expanded each year to include 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 ...'

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dungannonfestival.com

'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.'

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www.ealingfestival.org.uk

'An 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.'

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www.egmaf.org.uk

'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 (Singing).

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www.eastbournemusicandartsfestival.org

‘A competitive festival held annually at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, and was originally founded in 1961.’  Mid February.

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www.ecfest.org.uk

‘We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator. Our programme of competitive and non-competitive classes allows performers of all abilities to take part. There are classes in a wide range of classical and traditional instruments, or combinations of instruments, as well as for singers, choirs, orchestras and bands.’ Held Early March.

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eskdalefestival.com

'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.'

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www.farnhammusicfestival.org.uk

'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.

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www.gallowaymusicfestival.org.uk

'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.

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godalmingmusicfestival.org.uk

‘We are one of the largest and most comprehensive festivals in the South East, and regularly welcome more than 2000 entries each year. We pride ourselves on offering classes to cater for most performers’ interests and talents. Classes include Music, Dance, Choirs, Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre.’ Held February - March.

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gorlestonfestival.org

'Music, speech and drama'. Formerly the Gorleston St Andrew's Festival. Held Mid March.

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www.gosportmusicfestival.co.uk

‘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.

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www.granthammusicfestival.co.uk

'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.

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www.hcfmsd.co.uk

‘The object of the Festival is to advance the education of the public in the arts, and in particular the arts of Music, Speech and Drama in all their branches. 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.’

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www.hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk

'One of the biggest and most prestigious in the country Hastings Music Festival is a registered charity, and as such 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 ... The Festival takes place annually during more than three weeks of March.'

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www.hatfieldmusicfestival.co.uk

Held February - Volunteers Needed: 'The Festival has become seriously under-resourced in terms of its Administration, Management and Operational activities with the burden falling on ever fewer shoulders as each year passes. Last year put a severe strain on some of our longest serving and hardworking committee members to the point where they cannot be expected to continue to shoulder the brunt of activity ...'

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www.highbridgefestival.org.uk

‘Where else could you find handbells competing with bagpipes? Choirs performing both classical and comic songs in quick succession? Versatile musicians leaping from one instrument to another, or displays of multi-discipline expertise? At our Festival of Music you may be surprised, excited, moved or entertained by the enormous diversity of instruments and musical styles, and by the talents of every age group.’

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www.horsham-performers-platform.co.uk

'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.

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www.hounslowfestival.org

'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'

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www.mrssunderlandfestival.com

‘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 ... She retired from the concert platform aged only 45, whilst still in her prime. She celebrated her Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1888 and this was the occasion of a special concert at which she was presented with a glowing testimonial in illuminated script (unfortunately now lost) ... With the money raised from the Golden Wedding concert, a committee of distinguished local men decided to start a Vocal Solo Competition to be held in Huddersfield and named as a tribute to this great Yorkshire soprano. It was initially for singers but later expanded to include pianists alternating annually with violinists.‘

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www.inverclyde-music-festival.org.uk

‘The annual Music Festival starts on the last week of January and runs for a fortnight culminating in a Grand Concert on the final Saturday evening featuring a selection of the highlights from the two weeks.'

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www.invernessmusicfestival.org

'The Inverness Music Festival and the Highlights concerts are organised and run by the Inverness Festival Association. Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.' Held Late February.

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iwmddf.co.uk

'Established to advance, promote and encourage generally, and by means of the Competition Festival Movement in particular, the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing, Elocution, Literature and Acting in all their branches. The IWMDDF provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians, dancers and speakers. The competition is run over three weeks every March with around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries.'

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www.ketteringeisteddfod.org.uk

'The four day Eisteddfod takes place in March where you will hear many fine performances in a pleasing atmosphere throughout the various venues. Events such as a four day Eisteddfod do not just come about, careful planning has to be done and much of the year seems to be taken up with it; but our committee is dedicated to the Eisteddfod cause.'

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kingstonuponhullmusicalfestival.co.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.larnemusicfestival.com

Friends of the Festival Scheme  'Each year the Festival is an excellent means of encouraging and unearthing the vast musical talent found in Larne, its environs, and the East Antrim area. The Executive Committee needs financial support to ensure the continuance of this important event, and to that end the Friends of the Festival Scheme has been introduced. This brings together keen supporters of music who are willing to contribute £10-£40 annually to ensure that Larne Music Festival remains an integral part of the Northern Ireland Festival scene.' Festival held Early April.

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www.leamcompfest.co.uk

'The Leamington Spa Competitive Festival is a competitive Festival. The aims of the Festival are to help to promote and encourage the study and practice of the Arts of Music, Dance, and Speech and Drama in all their branches.' Held During June.

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www.leicestermusicfest.com

'Offering a variety of masterclasses, workshops and recitals, as well as the competitions which are judged by professional adjudicators.' Held Mid February.

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www.leighmusicfestival.co.uk

'The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.' Held During May.

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www.lichfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk

'Our aim is to offer an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to gain experience, to perform before an audience of fellow singers and players and to benefit from the advice of adjudicators who are professional musicians - adjudicators who bring a wealth of experience and can be relied upon to offer helpful and constructive comments, including written notes, on each performance.' Held Mid November.

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Also indexedLichfield Competitive Music Festival
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sites.google.com/site/lincolnmdfest/

Founded 1936: ‘It was established as a competitive festival to promote and encourage artistic and literary appreciation by providing a platform for amateurs to perform a wide range of different aspects of music and drama. It is not a religious or denominational festival. World class adjudicators were engaged from the outset ... Over the years, many of our performers have become renowned professionals in their field’. Held Mid March.

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international-eisteddfod.co.uk

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.

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www.lochabermusicfestival.co.uk

Founded in 1974: ‘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.

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www.limf.net

Held Mid July: ‘A uniquely inspired annual four day performing arts event, including adjudicated concerts, masterclasses with world-class experts and formal performances across London ... It is open to amateur ensembles of all musical and performing arts disciplines, including choral, instrumental ensembles and dance groups ... We use a number of different locations in London for our festival, including prestigious churches, outside spaces and community venues, all based on the needs and requirements of our ensembles.’

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lsa-festival-of-performing-arts.org.uk

'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.'

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www.manxmusicfestival.org

'The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival or The Manx Music Festival, as it is more commonly known, or The Guild as it is known locally, had its origins in The Isle of Man Fine Art and Industrial Guild. It was during the fifth Annual Exhibition of this organisation, held in December 1892, that choir competitions were held for the first time. These were organised by Miss M L Wood, who became known as “the Mother of Manx Music”, and took place over just one day. Competition was accepted as the motivation for improvement in many spheres. From this humble beginning the “Music Guild” developed ...'

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www.marlowmusicfestival.co.uk

‘The Festival provides a unique opportunity to perform in front of family and friends, a small audience, and a professional adjudicator. Everyone is welcome to come and watch all the classes.‘ Held Late November.

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www.midargyllmusicfestival.webeden.co.uk

‘This Music Festival is committed to promoting and developing skills in singing, instrument playing and recitation, as well as showcasing a raft of local and visiting talent across the age groups. Particularly popular during the week are the concert-type competitions held in the evenings, when high standards of musicianship and entertainment are enjoyed annually by large audiences.’ Held Late March.

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www.midbucks.com

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www.mscmf.org.uk

‘Takes place over two weekends in November with a Showcase for invited performers and cup presentation the following week ... We have four sections: Strings, Singing, Piano and Woodwind & Brass.’

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minsterleyeisteddfod.btck.co.uk

'An annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in March at Minsterley Parish Hall. It started in1962. It is a day of music, recitations & singing competitions.'

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www.mullmod.org.uk

'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 Early September.

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musicinthevale.org.uk

'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.

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eisteddfod.wales

'Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 tradestands and stalls ... Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family ...'

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www.newrymusicalfeis.com

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.

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www.northlincolnshirebriggfestival.co.uk

Founded 1900: ‘We are extraordinarily fortunate in this rural area to have such a longstanding cultural legacy, which is well respected nationally in the performing arts world. Indeed a good number of our performers have gone on to forge professional careers in the arts. Our young people are our future and the world is their stage. We at Brigg Festival believe that each of our performers has taken away from our Festival not just a few friends and happy memories, but something that will greatly benefit them in future years.’ Held Mid March.

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www.northlondonfestival.org.uk

'Takes place each year, usually in April and May. We offer a huge range of competitive classes covering Piano, Singing, Choirs, Orchestral and Chamber Groups, Composition, Stringed and Wind Instruments of all descriptions, Speech and Drama. We aim to offer something for everyone, but if you don’t find a class that suits you, do get in touch and we will try to create one especially for you. Our Festival Competitions are open to amateurs and students whatever their age or ability. Entrants are given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and may win a cash prize, trophy or certificate. Everyone takes away with them a copy of the adjudicator’s written comments and a certificate of participation.'

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www.northamptonfestival.org.uk

Your Festival : ‘Each year the Festival embraces a wide variety of activities: * A Chance to Perform; * A Chance for Appraisal; * A Chance to Hear Others Perform.’ Held Mid May.

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www.northfieldfestival.org.uk

'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.'

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www.nuneatonfoa.org.uk

'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. The performing arts include the piano, stage dancing, speech and drama, vocal and woodwind, strings and brass sections. Performance days are held during April and May where entrants perform, are adjudicated and awards presented to winners of the competitive classes. Members of the public are welcome to watch ...'

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www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk/council-services/oswestry-youth-music-festival.html

Held March. '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 ... 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.'

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www.ofmd.org.uk

'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.'

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www.peterboroughmusicfestival.org.uk

'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.’

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www.pontfest.org.uk

'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 April.

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www.portadownfestival.org.uk

‘From a Festival of forty-one classes in the Music section initiated by Dr Winifred E Hadden in 1922 it has grown to a total of 510 classes devoted to the present five different sections namely; Music, Speech, Drama, Irish Folk Dancing, and Dance.’ Held Late April.

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www.portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk

‘Founded in 1917 with the aim of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Portsmouth. Records of the Festival prior to 1948 and a large number of the original trophies were destroyed during World War II because the Guildhall was badly bombed. However, some information is available in newspaper articles written during the years leading up to that date ... For many years the festival has been a platform for at least 4,000 performers each year. Together with the parents and supporters of the participants, a very large number of people have been touched by the benefits of performance and adjudication offered by the organisation.’ Held February - March.

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www.reigate-redhillmusicfest.org.uk

'A 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 Mid May.

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www.rnkmdf.org.uk

'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.

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rothwellmusicfestival.shutterfly.com

‘Usually held annually in March in Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire ... The aim ... is to provide a platform for amateurs of all ages and abilities to perform music in a competitive but friendly atmosphere, and to encourage and maintain high standards ... Competitors are judged by professional adjudicators, and some of the winners are invited to perform in the concert a few weeks later. Fund-raising activities are organised by volunteers.’

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www.rwbaf.com

'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.'

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whitfriday.brassbands.saddleworth.org/intro.html

‘Often described as “the greatest free show on earth”, the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday ...  some twenty different contests at venues scattered around the moorland villages and towns on the western edge of the Pennines. All of the contests are open-air, many in delightful surroundings ... The contests are open to all-comers. So the local youth bands get to match their skills against the top bands of the country. For bandsmen, the dash from contest to contest makes for an exhilarating (though exhausting) evening ...This is a major event in the brass band calendar and bands travel the length of the country to participate, some even turning up from overseas.’

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www.saltburnmusicfestival.co.uk

'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.'

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scunthorpemusicalfestival.co.uk

Scunthorpe Musical Festival joined the British and International Federation of Festivals in 1924. Over the years we have grown into three flourishing sections, each lasting a full week. In October 2011, we were awarded a Gold Medal by the Federation for our organisational skills and we are well-known for being a friendly festival. We aim to encourage young people from all areas to gain confidence in public, to share experiences and with the help of professionals to make progress in their chosen disciplines.’ Held Late May.

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www.selstonmusicfestival.co.uk

‘Some forty years ago there were ten other Music Festivals within a radius of 10 miles of Selston. Sadly these have ended and invariably the financial costs accounted for their demise. Selston Festival has endured and its committee must be applauded for its willingness to introduce changes in keeping with the spirit of the times. New classes were introduced over the years and the committee has worked tirelessly in fund raising to cope with increasing costs. No Festival receives more complimentary reports ...’ Held Late November.

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www.sevenoaksthreeartsfestival.co.uk

'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 ...'

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southcumbriamusicalfestival.co.uk

‘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 Late March.

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sgfym.org.uk

'A music festival held in Cardiff, offering performance and competition opportunities to young musicians from Cardiff and South Wales up to the age of 23. The aim of the Festival is to foster musical excellence by providing a friendly and encouraging environment to gain performance experience. Medals and Trophies are awarded and all entrants receive a written, professional assessment.' Held Late April.

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