2018 Syllabus

The 2018 Festival promises to be another exciting one, with a few new classes to try, including Class 52: Create a Pop Song for any budding songwriters year 11 and under and Classes 53 and 412 (which will be combined as one class): The Association of English Singers and Speakers Trophy with both a music and speech element for students aged 14-16 years.

2018 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy and the music anniversary class this year honours the composer.

Once again Class 161: A Celebration of Music, Speech and Drama from Schools, will take place at King’s House. This class provides an opportunity for all schools, including Special Schools, to present a piece to showcase the talents of their students through music, drama or expressive movement. Entrants to this class will also prepare songs which will be performed together at the end of the session by all who have taken part accompanied by a live band. It is a non-competitive class and all participants will receive a Festival Certificate for taking part. There is no entry fee for this class.

Finally, here’s a reminder of the prestigious prizes on offer at the Festival. The Melville Prize of £250 for Most Promising Performer will be selected from performers nominated throughout the week by the adjudicators from Year 9 and under classes across all disciplines. Once again, the two prizes which were very generously donated by Gareth Woodfine and Charles Lousada will be competed for at the Gala Concert, presented to the most outstanding musical, and speech and drama performances of the evening. Details of the Gala Concert and awards may be seen on page 56 of the syllabus.

Please refer to the class index at the back of the Syllabus to assist you in navigating and read pages 1-13 carefully. There have been a few updates to the rules of entry and class criteria for 2018 so please do read through before making y our entry(ies).

Frequently Asked Questions can be found on pages 12-13. We hope you find them useful.

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For additional copies of the Syllabus please contact the Festival Secretary at Festival@bedfordshirefestival.org.uk or 07824 829097 or download a copy from the website www.bedfordshirefestival.org.uk

Hard copies of the syllabus are available from the following outlets:

  • The Music Centre, 35-37 Tavistock Street, Bedford
  • The Works, 6 All Hallows, Bedford
  • Waterstones, 11-13 Silver Street, Bedford
  • John Myatt, 55 Nightingale Rd, Hitchin
  • Evans-Pughe Strings, 24 Bucklersbury, Hitchin
  • Bedroom Acoustic Music, The Gazebo, 86 Dunstable Street, Ampthill

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