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
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
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
Our adjudicators for 2018 :
Classical & Popular Vocal, Adult Choirs: John Powell MA(Cantab), ARCM, CertEd
Brass, Electronic Keyboard & Woodwind: Fiona Berry Bmus(Hones), LRSM, LTCL, LLCM
Junior Piano: Jason Hawkins MusB(Hones), DipHE(RNCM), LRSM
Senior Piano: John Gough GMusRNCM, PPRNCM, ARCM, FLCM
Guitar / Electric Guitar: James Girling
Strings: Martin Wallington GRNCM
School Choirs, Instrumental Groups: John Powell MA(Cantab), ARCM, CertEd