The 2018 Alderley Edge Festival
WILL BE HELD FROM TUESDAY
MAY 8th to SATURDAY MAY 12th 2018
THE 2018 SYLLABUS IS NOW AVAILABLE. PLEASE
CLICK BELOW FOR THE FULL 2018 SYLLABUS.
2018 ON-LINE ENTRY
ON-LINE ENTRY TO THE 2018 ALDERLEY EDGE
FESTIVAL IS NOW AVAILABLE.
CLOSING DATE FOR ON-LINE ENTRY IS 16th
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU AS
PERFORMERS TO THE FESTIVAL IN 2018 WHICH WILL BE HELD BETWEEN
THE 8th and 12th MAY.
THE 2018 REGULATIONS, ACCOMPANISTS &
THE 2018 REGULATIONS ARE NOW
THE 2018 ADJUDICATOR and ACCOMPANIST PROFILES
ARE NOW AVAILABLE
THE 2017 WINNERS LIST IS STILL
THE 2017 DAILY SCHEDULES
The 2017 DAILY SCHEDULES ARE STILL
THE 2017 DAILY SPEECH & DRAMA
THE 2017 DAILY MUSIC
THE 2017 VENUE DETAILS ARE STILL
NORTH WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 -
Every festival in the North-West Region
had been represented at the Championship with the exception of
The panel of
adjudicators was chaired by Steven Roberts and the panel
represented all four categories, Instrumental, Vocal, Speech and
Dance.There was one overall
winner for each of the four categories who received a trophy and a
cheque for £100.
Ceferina Penney won the vocal section.
LucyAnne Fletcher was our
instrumental nominee and Hugo Lloyd and Edward Pickersgill, our
speech nominees, also performed brilliantly.
A young pianist,
aged 9, from Hazel Grove, won the instrumental
Anna Meadmore had
arranged a good deal from Rimmers for the supply of the piano, and
we as a region, are thankful to them for their
co-operation and commitment to the arts in the North
The organising committee was delighted and
extremely grateful for the generous donation from The Alderley Edge
Festival of £150 which went towards the hiring and tuning of the
Others performers who regularly appear at The Alderley
Edge Festival did extremely well - although nominated by other
Festivals for the Championship - they were George Herbert who sang
Schubert's Der Neugierige
extremely sensitively, Oliver Turner who sang
The Lads in Their Hundreds by
George Butterworth and LucyAnn Fletcher who played Franz Strauss
Horn Concerto Op. 8 on her French Horn
It was a wonderful day and all those who performed took
a great deal from this
BRITISH & INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF
FESTIVAL TEACHERS FORUM
It is with great excitement and delight that the
Federation has established a Teachers Membership. It is a vital
part of the whole Festival movement because if teachers didn't
enter pupils into our local festival it would be a very different
experience for everyone. Therefore, developing this section, gives
teachers their own identity within the
In order to facilitate this, an online forum has been set up to
which all Festival, Accompanist and Adjudicator Members have been
given access in the hope that they will use it for positive debate
and discussion on various topics, even offering further topics
which could be useful and constructive.
The ultimate aim is, however, to draw in teachers in all
sectors (private teachers and those who teach in schools). We also
need to be really proactive in creating awareness about all the
opportunities and experiences that could benefit their pupils. It
is important to state that these teachers will not be accredited in
any way by the Federation but that the forum along with other
benefits, exists as an opportunity for them to have a voice and
feel part of the movement.
PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF THE FESTIVAL
of the Festival are educational and non-profit making and comprise
of holding the Festival and any other events of an educational
nature complementary to the Festival.
The Festival provides a platform for amateur performances with
an educational element provided by professional adjudicators.
Our Vision is to encourage and provide a conduit through public
performances for young children to express themselves through
music, speech and drama and to showcase and nurture this talent in
the performing arts.
We still believe in the ideal that the youth of today are
talented in the arts and will always have something to offer. This
talent is in all of us, and if, as a Society, we can nurture even a
small amount of that talent, then we are making a difference. It is
this difference that keeps us working so hard to make the Festival
what it is.
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE 2017
The Festival of 2017 was probably one of the most
memorable, not for anything specific, but because it ran so
incredibly smoothly, with amazing co-operation from all the schools
and their teachers, from our incredible group of daily (sometimes
weekly) volunteers, and for the preparation of all the venues, but
not least, because of the incredible support, kindness,
understanding and real hard work from what is an amazing Alderley
Edge Festival Committee. I know I probably repeat myself
year-on-year, but it is this dedication to the smooth running of
the Festival by the Committee that really makes it the happy,
exciting, fun and wonderful Festival that it is - of course, not
forgetting what our performers bring to the
As every year, we had an outstanding group of Adjudicators who,
with their passion and technical ability in their own genre, proved
yet again the benefit to all our performers in having professional
adjudicators as our judges. It is thanks to the rigorous
selection process at The British and International Federation of
Festivals, that our adjudicators are of such a high standard, and
to the choice that is made by our Co-ordinator, in her careful
selection of those adjudicators who continue to emphasise the
caring and nurturing ethos of our Festival.
As to the special 2017 Festival itself, it was yet again one of
our biggest with over 2500 children taking part over the five days.
With a varied and wide-ranging syllabus, it was, as always, very
well supported by the performers and of course, their
teachers. We pride ourselves on our syllabus content and the
small changes we make every year to ensure our performers will
always be challenged, and know that they will rise to them through
the considerable efforts they always make. We hope they will have
some fun on the way.
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