Oswestry Youth Music Festival

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2018 Syllabus


Welcome to the syllabus for the Oswestry Youth Music Festival 2018. As the number of participants and classes continues to rise, we are looking forward to an even bigger Festival with 6 new classes. Consequently, we are adding an extra day, so the first classes will be on Wednesday 28th February, starting in the afternoon.

The new classes are as follows:

Class 36a Drum Kit Solo with backing track (15 & under)

Class 75 Musical Theatre Ensemble (12 & under)

Class 76 Musical Theatre Ensemble (15 & under)

Class 76 Musical Theatre Ensemble (21 & under)

Class Ex 1 Organ Exhibition Class for anyone aged 21 & under

Class Ex 2 Piano Solo Baroque Exhibition Class for anyone aged 21 & under

In addition, we have now separated out classes 66, 67 and 68 (Oratorio, Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan) so they will now be adjudicated separately. More details can be found in the syllabus. We have had kind offers of new trophies for all the new fixed classes, and thanks go to all those who have donated. We just need 2 more trophies for the following classes:

Class 39 Instrumental Duet 18 & under

Class 66 Oratorio 21 & under

If anyone is willing to donate one (either an individual or a business) please do get in touch.

Musical Theatre Ensemble classes are asked to arrive already in costume as we cannot guarantee changing facilities, and space is limited. Also, all choir classes are politely requested to refrain from arriving more than 15 minutes before their class is due to perform. This is to avoid delays and congestion in the church.

Fees remain the same as last year i.e. £6 for individual classes, and £12 for duets and ensembles. Fees for an official accompanist also remain the same at £5.

Once again we are running our Logo Competition.

we are delighted to report that our Ruby Anniversary Concert during the 2017 Festival raised over £1000 for CLIC Sargent. We had a fantastic evening being entertained by previous winners and it was a complete sell out. It was good to welcome them back to hear their amazing talent, and to see how many have gone on to be professional musicians. Thank you to everyone who supported us that night. Thank you also to Oswestry Town Council for facilitating the event, and also for their continued support for the Festival every year.

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Festival Committee. We meet about 4 times a year at the Guildhall, and new members would be very welcome. Please contact me if you would like to join (contact details at the end of this letter). In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to help during the Festival itself. Duties involve stewarding, clerking or announcing so please contact David Clough at Oswestry Town Council.



About the Youth Music Festival

Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, it now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales. Normally held in March of each year the Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.

Competitions take place at the Methodist Church, Christchurch and Holy Trinity Church.  The Chairman expresses the view that "this is a marvellous opportunity for young people to come and make music in Oswestry. The top class adjudicators that have again been booked will be on hand to provide encouragement and objective advice on every participants' performances". The Chairman further commented upon the ever increasing popularity of the Oswestry Festival which draws entries from the local area, throughout Shropshire, North Wales and beyond.

Please follow us on Facebook at Oswestry Youth Music Festival where regular updates will be posted from now until the Festival, and also on twitter at OsYMF.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Turner, Festival Organiser on 01691 680550 or 07977 617793, or through Facebook.

For Further Information

If you require more details please contact David Clough.

Oswestry Town Council,
The Guildhall,
SY11 1PZ

Tel: 01691 680222
E-mail: d.clough(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk