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!

Wednesday 3 January 2018

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