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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

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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.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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basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk

'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.' Held Early March.

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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

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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.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.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

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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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www.eastbournemusicandartsfestival.org

Held Mid February.

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eskdalefestival.com

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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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gorlestonfestival.org

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

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www.gosportmusicfestival.co.uk

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www.granthammusicfestival.co.uk

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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.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.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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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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www.lochabermusicfestival.co.uk

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www.limf.net

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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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Also indexedManx Music Festival | Music Guild
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www.midbucks.com

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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

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musicinthevale.org.uk

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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

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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

'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.'

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www.ofmd.org.uk

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www.pontfest.org.uk

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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.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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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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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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southportmusicfestival.co.uk

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sudburyfestival.org.uk

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www.tynedalemusic.org.uk

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www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk

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wantagemusicfestival.org.uk

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weymouthmusicfestival.co.uk

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wirralfestival.co.uk

'In former years The Wirral Peninsula sported several competitive Arts Festivals, not unlike the Welsh Eisteddfordau, and perhaps influenced by that Celtic culture on our doorstep. Regrettably the Wallasey Music Festival ,the Pensby Festival, and all the others have faded away leaving the Bromborough Festival as the only one remaining on the Wirral. This is the reason why in 2003, as Liverpool (our neighbour) prepared to assume the mantle of The City of Culture in 2008, we changed the name of our festival to demonstrate that we more fully represent the whole of our area.' Music Section held Mid March.

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www.festivalofbrass.co.uk

'The Wychavon Festival of Brass was the result of an initiative developed by the Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association which, in the late 80’s, was seeking to raise the profile of the town. An exciting brass band contest was seen as an interesting and novel way of attracting visitors and offering the local population the opportunity to hear and experience some fabulous brass music!' Held Late October.

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