Welcome to the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

Coronavirus Update

The Festival Committee are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. Please see our Statement for more information

On September 4th, 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

Entries to the 2020 Festival are now closed. Thanks to all that have entered, and we'll be in touch soon!

We are also thrilled to present the very first Festival video from 2018!

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 are 7th - 14th March.

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