Welcome to the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

Welcome to the 2021 Festival!

We are extremely excited to welcome you to this very special, very different, 2021 Festival which takes place from 8-12 March 2021. Due to the continued restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be holding this year’s Festival online.

Instead of live performances, each performer will submit a video of their performance for the Adjudicators to view and provide feedback.

Please click here to view our full programme of performances. You can find out more about each Adjudicator by clicking here.

Results will be posted on our social media pages as we receive them during the week and the full set of results will be posted on the website from 15 March.

In the absence of a live Festival there will be lots of activity on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week so please do follow us. As well as the results and some performances, there will be other activities for you to engage in and enjoy. We would love for you to send us any photos of past Festivals you would like to share using #bedsfestival2021

For anyone without Facebook or Twitter, you can still see our social media activity in the Newsfeed bar to the left of the website Home Page.

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.

This year, due to the current situation, the 2021 Festival will take place online between 8-12 March

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