Celebrating our 97th Year
2019 was a recent high point with participation levels 10% higher than 2018 and 34% higher than 2015. We prepared for an even greater number of performances in 2021 until Covid-19 forced lock down as our entry deadline approached. We took a huge leap of faith and prepared for an alternative festival.
We can celebrate our 97th year for a quite different reason from those we expected - we ran the first successful online competitive festival in Scotland, and possibly the UK.
Music Festival 2020 - online
With the full support of our adjudicators, and crucially our two fantastic volunteer parent I.T. helpers, we forged ahead. Participants were asked to submit pre-recorded performances, using whatever technology they had to hand. Festival week went ahead as usual with virtual classes set up in sessions, using Zoom meetings in place of actual venues. With adjudicators, stewards (hosts), and performers in lockdown around the country, performers were given times for their classes. During the class each video was shared as if it were a live performance, and the adjudicator gave live feedback, speaking to each performer individually.
Looking forward to 2021
We welcome ideas and any suggestions from performers, their teachers, parents and other supporters, adjudicators and anyone with an interest in securing the future of the charity.
Over the next few months, our activity will of course be Covid-19 determined. Highlights of this year's online festival will remain on our YouTube channel.
We have draft plans for some workshops in the autumn, online if need be. The recommencement of community concerts is likely to be in the new year.
Planning for next year's June Music & Drama festival has already begun. The bulk of the syllabus will remain the same, but as always we will try and improve, so look out for tweaks, additions, and other changes. Anyone with fresh ideas, please send them in. We will make provisional plans for another online event, but very much hope that we won't need them.
Our aim is to keep the performing arts alive and thriving in the North East of Scotland, and beyond.