Local Competitive Music Festivals

Most, if not all, of the Festivals referenced here will be Members of the British and International Federation of Festivals whose Festivals’give the opportunity for amateurs to form an appreciation of artistic standards; to perform before a different type of audience; to participate in workshops and masterclasses; to be assessed, encouraged and inspired by active Professional Adjudicators they would not meet in any other way’.

The LIST of Local Competitive Music Festivals with MAP

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‘Aberdeen’s oldest and original music, drama and dance Festival began life in 1909 and is still very ...
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'Annual event comprising of competitive and non-competitive classes in Piano, Strings, Woodwind and ...
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‘Caters for all ages, abilities and instruments. We regularly receive comments that this is a really ...
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'The Festival provides a platform for amateur performances with an educational element provided by p ...
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'The Festival's objectives are to promote excellence in the performing arts at all levels and to enc ...
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Wide-ranging Festival open to pre-school, primary, secondary school and adult competitors and includ ...
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‘Launched in 1981 with the support of the Rotary Club of Littlehampton and has gone on to showcase o ...
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‘An annual festival held in Ayr, celebrating music, dance and speech and drama through participation ...
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‘This is an annual youth Music and Drama Festival supported by the Co-perative Group and run by a gr ...
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Held Early March. 'We are consistently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis ...
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‘One of the largest amateur competitive performing arts festivals in the south-east of England. Ther ...
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‘Founded in 1921 and provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in ...
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'First held in 1937 ... In 2008, the Festival became a specialist piano only competition. It has bee ...
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'In addition to adult competitors, the Festival includes classes for juniors 18 years and under in a ...
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‘The Festival has been held every year since 1988 and is one of more than 300 Festivals held in the ...
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‘To celebrate excellence and promote community participation in the performing arts by presenting an ...
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‘Probablly the best brass band entertainment contest in the world! ... A top quality day of brass ba ...
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‘Our festival is an annual event featuring a wide range of musical instrument and vocal classes, com ...
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'Held in March each year. It has classes that are open to all age groups.'  
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‘We are a Festival celebrating amateur music and drama performing, with opportunities for children, ...
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'Founded in 1970, superseding the original Wesley Eisteddfod. It is a charity run by volunteers, giv ...
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'Begun in 1934 its main aim was to encourage music making. That's still our aim. With over 120 class ...
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Established 1896: 'Brings together performers from all ages and abilities and from all over Cumbria, ...
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'Amateur festivals have been active for over a century in our local communities and increasing leisu ...
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'The Festival was first held in 1926, the year of the General Strike, which hardly augured well for ...
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'We look forward to receiving your entries, whether it will be your first time at Chesham Arts Festi ...
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‘The Chester Festivals warmly welcome entrants for their Speech & Drama and Music events. Everyo ...
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‘Each year, the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance and Speech provides an opportunity for many hun ...
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'Held during March each year in the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton ... The Festival is n ...
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Founded 1914: ‘A charity run by volunteers who work hard to ensure children from across the city and ...
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'Gives a platform for performers in all categories; Poetry, Prose and Drama in the Words section and ...
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‘The Festival of Music takes place in March and the Festival of Dance is in June. They provide a pla ...
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‘The Festival takes place over 3 weeks during February each year. From small beginnings, it now attr ...
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‘Provides a platform for many talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilitie ...
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‘Cottingham Methodist Church welcomes performers, teachers and audience to the ... Annual Musical Fe ...
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Sections include: Choirs and Singing; Woodwind Brass; Strings; Pianoforte. Held Early March.  
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‘Open to all to perform in Western Music, South Asian Music, Dance, South Asian Dance and Speech and ...
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‘A National competition for all singers from the age of 9. Its chief objective is to foster singing, ...
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‘Amateur competitive festival for Dance, Music, Speech and Drama.’ Held Late April - Early May.  
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'We provide the opportunity to perform your chosen performing art before an audience and a highly sk ...
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‘The aim of the Don Valley Festival is to offer a platform for performance, the opportunity to hear ...
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‘Aims to provide a friendly and relaxing environment where competitors can share their interests wit ...
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'Established in 1921 and from small beginnings it has developed into the flourishing festival it is ...
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'An annual competitive event for performers of all ages. It takes place during April and May of each ...
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'The Festival movement was established in the 1870s at a time of major educational development and b ...
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‘We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perfor ...
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'Whitby’s increasingly popular festival of music and the spoken word, consisting of the Festival hel ...
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‘Fareham Music Festival (like the other 300+ Festivals affiliated to the British and International F ...
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‘Whether you are a young musician - in a school group or part of a community music ensemble, an adul ...
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‘The Festival is a series of competitions for AMATEUR vocalists, choirs and instrumentalists as well ...
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'The syllabus has been chosen by a group of local musicians and includes classes for a wide variety ...
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‘An annual festival featuring over 7,000 amateur performers ... Bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles ...
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‘We are one of the largest and most comprehensive festivals in the South East, and regularly welcome ...
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'Annual event in which musicians in the town can perform in a friendly environment but in competitio ...
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‘The Sunderland University Big Band is a community big band who rehearse regularly within the univer ...
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‘The object of the Festival is to advance the education of the public in the arts, and in particular ...
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'One of the biggest and most prestigious in the country Hastings Music Festival is a registered char ...
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‘An annual competitive festival providing performance opportunities for children and adults ... It h ...
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‘The Henley Youth Festival is a totally individual event and as far as we know there is nothing quit ...
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Mission Statement  ‘To promote work to the general good of the Community, to advance education and t ...
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‘Where else could you find handbells competing with bagpipes? Choirs performing both classical and c ...
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‘The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultu ...
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‘A competition for instrumentalists and singers, small vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs.’ ...
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Founded 1948: ‘A competitive festival for amateurs of all ages. There are classes for Piano, Vocal, ...
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'Provides opportunities for amateur musicians and singers of all ages to perform in a friendly envir ...
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'Competitive festival with classes for all ages and all abilities ... The primary aim of the Festiva ...
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‘Susannah Sunderland (nee Sykes) was a famous soprano soloist, born in Brighouse, near Huddersfield, ...
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‘The annual Music Festival starts on the last week of January and runs for a fortnight culminating i ...
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'The Inverness Music Festival and the Highlights concerts are organised and run by the Inverness Fes ...
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'Established to advance, promote and encourage generally, and by means of the Competition Festival M ...
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‘Started in 1906 and, apart from the years between 1940 and 1943, has been held annually ever since. ...
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‘Each year performers, with an age range from under 5 to over 80, compete for medals and trophies in ...
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'Ceilidhs, Concerts, Competitions, Singarounds, Street Entertainment, Sessions.' Held Early Septembe ...
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Friends of the Festival Scheme  'Each year the Festival is an excellent means of encouraging and une ...
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'The Leamington Spa Competitive Festival is a competitive Festival. The aims of the Festival are to ...
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Established in the early 1900s and has been run in amny different venues around and about Leicester: ...
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'Offering a variety of masterclasses, workshops and recitals, as well as the competitions which are ...
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'Our aim is to offer an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to gain experience, to perform ...
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Founded 1936: ‘It was established as a competitive festival to promote and encourage artistic and li ...
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Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festiva ...
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Founded in 1974: ‘The support given to the Festival by schools, teachers, competitors, parents and t ...
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Held Mid July: ‘A uniquely inspired annual four day performing arts event, including adjudicated con ...
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‘Formed in 2018 following the merger of Longwell Green Eisteddfod and Kingswood Eisteddfod. The Perf ...
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'The Festival provides a wonderful showcase for encouraging young performers in music, dance and dra ...
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‘All classes are open to amateurs irrespective of area of residence. Although the festival is mainly ...
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‘An adjudicative music festival, open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability. It pr ...
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Music Festival normally held Late April with the Festival Concert Early May.  
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'The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival or The Manx Music Festival, as it is more com ...
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‘Taking place in Kendal, this biennial Festival has been part of Westmorland's musical life since 18 ...
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‘This Music Festival is committed to promoting and developing skills in singing, instrument playing ...
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‘Founded in 1902 and has been running continuously ever since – even two World Wars couldn’t stop it ...
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‘Established in 1968, the largest and longest established annual performance festival in Milton Keyn ...
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'An annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in March at Minsterley Parish Hall. It started in1962. It ...
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'Encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and ...
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’The first Festival was held on 16 November 2006 in Nailsea, mainly at the Methodist Church, but wit ...
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Started in 2015: ‘This annual festival gives musicians and vocalists in the local area the opportuni ...
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