Blackburn Festival of Speech, Music & Dance.

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Thank you to all who helped, in any way, with the 2017 Music Festival

Dates for the 2018 Festival

8, 9, 10 June




Westholme Croston Theatre
Westholme Upper School
Meins Road
The junior choirs and instrumental groups date is
Friday, June 8th 2018
 To be held at Revidge Fold United Reform Church, Shear Brow, Blackburn
Music Secretary: Mrs Debbie Northin, 8 Hippings Way. Clitheroe BB7 2PQ
01200 443981


Cheques and Postal orders should be made payable to 'Blackburn Festival' and should be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope. Where age is stipulated this should be given on the entry form. Acknowledgement of entry will be given by competitor's ticket only, which will be sent to each competitor or group. Performers should report for the class 20 minutes before the stated time. (see Reg. 6)

Closing date for entries -  24th March 2018

Own Choice Music - (see Reg. 4)

Copies for the Accompanist - (see Reg. 4)

Copies for the Accompanist should be sent to the Music Secretaries with the entry form by 

Copies for the Adjudicator should be brought to the competition

Photocopying - When an 'Own Choice' piece is selected from a publication containing several different works, and the piece is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the Adjudicator at the Festival, provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy and that the photocopy made is retained, and destroyed by the Administrator of the Festival at the end of the competition.

Copies should be clear and properly assembled not stapled together


         Solos   18 years & under                 

         Solos    Open                                    

         Senior Vocal 18 years and over        

         Duets 18 years and under                   

         Duets Open                                      

         Groups 18 years & under                  

         Choirs 18 years & under                   


The amount to be paid is for the age 18 years & over group of the class not that of the competitor.


A syllabus and entry form can be downloaded below.


Stop Press - a great opportunity

Ribble Valley International Piano Week and Blackburn Festival for Speech, Music and Dance

are delighted to announce a bold collaboration designed to encourage young musicians to

attend both events. All junior entrants to Piano classes at the competitive BFSM&D will be

offered free tickets to attend the launch concert for RVIPW, a solo piano recital by Martin

Roscoe which will be held on 9th May 2018.

Newly appointed Chairman of RVIPW Marianne Bailey said “This is a great opportunity for

the competitive music festival entrants to come along and hear a musician of great

renown play a concert of accessible and popular music on the same piano they will play

themselves in the competition a month later. What better way to hear what is possible and

aspire to the highest level of musicianship?

We have a fabulously loyal audience who have been coming to RVIPW for decades, and

some of whom regard RVIPW as the highlight of their year but we are all aware of the importance

of carrying the concert-going tradition forward to the next generation of music

lovers. We also hope this added incentive might encourage a few more entrants to compete

at the festival too!”

Debbie Northin, Music Secretary of Blackburn Festival, said “We are excited to be working

with RVIPW and certain that our junior entrants in piano classes will jump at the chance to

hear Martin Roscoe at the launch concert. Blackburn Festival have been promoting participation

in the performing arts for nearly eighty years through our Speech, Music and

Dance Festivals so collaboration with RVIPW is a natural and reciprocal progression that

can only enhance the superb events of both organisations and benefit the young people

who take part.”

RVIPW will also be offering a prize to the winner of the Junior Recital class, a pair of tickets

to the concert of their choice at the main festival.




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The Festival is affiliated to the
for Music, Dance & Speech
Registered Charity No 222789

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