The Oswestry Youth Music Festival takes place every year around St David's Day. As the Festival has been growing each year, we are now introducing an extra day so that we can fit all the classes in. The dates for 2018 are Wednesday 28th February to Sunday 4th March, and performances will take place in our usual three venues of Christchurch, Holy Trinity and the Methodist Church. The finals will be held at 2 pm on Sunday 4th March in Christchurch.

We have introduced several new classes for 2018. These include classes for Musical Theatre Ensemble, Church Organ, Drum Kit with backing track, and Baroque Piano Solo. We are looking forward to some exciting performances from these classes. In addition, we hope to soon be able to deliver some exciting news to our younger performers aged 12 and under, so keep an eye on our Facebook page at Oswestry Youth Music Festival.

For our Finals Competition we are delighted to welcome back Daniel Chandler, who has delivered excellent adjudicating in the past. Another familiar face on the adjudicating panel will be Stephen Roberts, who is the current chair of the British and International Federation of Festivals. There will be two other adjudicators who are new to our Festival - Sally Lane and Angela Rowley - and we look forward to meeting them.

We have received several new trophies this year for the following classes: The Hi Hat Trophy for Drum Kit with Backing Track, The FixAuto Award, the Reanimator Trophy and the Christine and Mervyn Hughes Awards for Musical Theatre Ensemble Classes, and the Stans Superstore Trophy for Instrumental Duet 18 and under. Many thanks to the individuals and companies who have kindly donated trophies.

The closing date for entries is Friday 19th January at 3.00 pm and the programme will be drawn up over the next few days. Anyone who would like to volunteer at the Festival should contact The Guildhall on 01691 680222 - any help would be most gratefully received.

Thank you once again to Oswestry Town Council for supporting this event which draws over 1000 young people plus their families into the town over the festival period. We are delighted that our Festival continues to grow where others are closing down, and the wealth of musical talent in our young people is truly amazing. The timetable will be published in late January. Entry to all classes is completely free so do come and join us!

Oswestry Youth Music Festival

Please click on the below link to see the new syllabus

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