The best way to think of the festival as it takes place is 'relaxed efficiency'. Everything is geared to making you feel at ease and ready to enjoy your performance and give all those watching and listening a day to remember. All the class times and information about when to arrive is in the syllabus so please refer to that document - it really does give you everything you need on the day.

There's somewhere to practise if you wish to - the venues are large enough to cope with everyone but not so big you'll get lost and there are lots of volunteers and helpers to make sure any questions you may have are answered.

There is plenty of signage at the venue and there is somewhere to relax and have a cup of tea, a cake or other refreshments.

And, of course, you can take some time to listen to some of the other performers because when it comes to performing, the 'more the merrier' is the rule for audiences !
When you perform in the class, or classes you have chosen, your adjudicator for the session and one of the volunteers will make sure that you don't start too early and that everything is sorted in terms of timings, music copies and so on.

We choose our adjudicators very carefully, based on years of experience and personal knowledge - we like to make sure that the whole style and approach of the festival is friendly and welcoming.

All of our adjudicators have a very special gift, in addition to their musical skills, of putting performers at ease from the start. And their feedback is extremely valuable.

So there really isn't anything at all to feel too nervous about and plenty to enjoy.

If you've not been before - now's your chance so get downloading those forms and send them in.

We're looking forward to hearing you play .....
What to expect on the day
Ramsbottom Music Festival
Our adjudicators for 2017 :

Brass: Lynne Rogers, MA, BA(Hons), CTABRSM

Classical & Popular Vocal, Adult Choirs: Lynne Rogers, MA, BA(Hons), CTABRSM

Electronic Keyboard & Woodwind: Philip Dewhurst, BA, PGCE

Junior Piano: Philip Dewhurst, BA, PGCE Senior Piano: Kathryn Page, LRAM, ARCM, DipRCM

Guitar: Rory Russell, BMus(Hons)

Strings, Mixed Duos & Ensemble: tbc

School Choirs, Instrumental Groups: Kathryn Page, LRAM, ARCM, DipRCM