Welcome to 2021 Online Festival
The 98th Festival of Music, Speech & Drama will take place from
Monday 7th June to Friday 11th June 2021
Given the current Covid-19 situation and based on positive feedback from participants, teachers and other supporters, Festival 2021 will again be online. In the possible absence of examinations and definite restrictions on live events we hope that festival week will provide an opportunity for performance – albeit via video - and a shared enjoyment of the performing arts.
Performers should put their entries in through the online syllabus, remembering to take the Guidelines and Regulations into consideration.
We would ask that applicants try and get their entries in by the end of the Spring Term. This is to enable us to prepare a draft timetable and confirm the availability of adjudicators. If you are not sure, please get in touch to let us know of the possibility of an entry so that we have enough time scheduled for everyone.
Videos of Performances
As for 2020, participants are asked to submit pre-recorded performances, using whatever technology they have to hand. Entries will be timetabled into virtual classes set up in sessions, using Zoom meetings in place of actual venues. At the appointed time for each class the stewards (hosts), will play each video in ballot order so that the adjudicator, performers and audience can see and hear the performance. The adjudicator will then address their comments to the performers and, if relevant, appoint a winner.
Syllabus and other events 2021
The syllabus is pretty much unchanged from 2020 and continues to offer a wide range of classes for amateurs of all ages to perform competitively or non-competitively. All participators receive and expert adjudication of their performance. The festival allows entrants to gain experience in a friendly environment, and to feel a sense of achievement. For audience members festival week provides an opportunity to hear splendid performances, and the advantage of this for some is that it can be enjoyed from the comfort of their own home.
Further events/classes and any updates, errata or other information will be announced in the Festival Blog and Social Media.
We are aiming for another fantastic week, stimulating and in keeping with our motto - "Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival, but to pace one another on the road to excellence".