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Festival 2021 Entries

Entry to the 2021 Festival is now closed.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service


On September 4th 2019, The Festival was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2019, the highest accolade given to volunteer groups in the UK.

See articles from Bedford Today or Bedford Independent for more information

The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama was founded in 1921 and provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. The Festival offers a wide range of classes for all ages covering most musical genres including Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Asian music, as well as many varied Speech and Drama classes including Verse Speaking, Acting, Mime and Improvisation. It features categories for school groups, Special School groups, orchestras, wind bands, junior and senior choirs and group creative performance.

Run by a Committee of volunteers and a part-time Secretary, the Festival is a charity. The organisers are extremely grateful to the Festival's supporters, its Individual and Corporate Friends, for their financial support, without which the Festival would not take place.

The Festival takes place at the Bedford Corn Exchange during the first week of March each year.

The 2020 Festival dates were 7th - 14th March.

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