Our aim is to make the Festival an enjoyable experience. Once you've decided which class(es) you want to enter, and you've got your entry form filled in and on its way to us, all you need to do then is practise! Once we receive all of the forms, we collate the entries, sort them into classes, finalise all of the timings and all of the elements that need to come together on the day and then we send out confirmation slips to everyone which tells you where, and when, you will need to be.
Each class will have an adjudicator, who is a specialist in the instrument / music that you have chosen to perform. They will provide written, and verbal, feedback on your performance with handy hints and tips on where you can improve. Most classes will have prizes and/or trophies available to win as well - we do have some classes, particularly for the newer performers, where there is no formal competition - we find this encourages the younger players to come back again in future years without making their first experience too daunting!
And there are loads of stewards on hand to help smooth out any last minute wrinkles, or calm any nerves. We also encourage all of our performers to bring their family and friends along as well, not just to listen to their performance, but also to those of the other performers, be that in the same class or maybe even a totally different instrument of performance set. And if you happen to play more than one instrument, or you're a singer as well, then don't forget you can enter as many classes as you like. We're really quite good at making sure entrants can be in two places at once (well, almost!)
If you click on the picture above, you can download our full, up-to-date syllabus for 2019. In this booklet you'll find all of the rules, class lists, information about our festival & other content to make the process of entering and performing at the Festival a seamless and enjoyable one. And you've always got the option to contact us if you have a query that you want to explore further with us.
Our Festival just couldn't happen every year if it wasn't for our fantastic team of volunteers. We need people to help in any way they wish, from manning the doors, making tea, managing the classrooms at the venues, working on the committee - you name it we've got a role. If you'd like to get involved, contact us and we'll talk some more. We'd love to have you on board!
Our Festival is designed to make the experience of performing an enjoyable one, from start to finish. We recognise that entrants come to our event for a variety of reasons - fun, extra practise for an upcoming examination, the experience of an independent adjudication, a chance to win a prize and/or a trophy. Whatever your motivation, we're very pleased to welcome you to our event and the more friends you can encourage to enter as well, the better for us!
We welcome schools from across the North West to attend our Schools' Festival Day at Woodhey Secondary School, Holcombe Brook. We recognise that there's often a little more organisation required around these trips out, so do please contact us to discuss any aspect of the Day (be that entries, access, transport, parking, refreshments, timings, Festival policies, Health & Safety or anything else that you may need as an organiser. Our committee members are always happy to help and have many years of successful Festival organising under their belts.