The Festival takes place annually at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT and Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN

The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.

FESTIVAL DATES AND VENUES FOR 2017

Wind & Brass 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th May (Brass evening Thursday 4th May) at Highlands Methodist Church. Drama 11th, 12th & 13th May at Leigh Road Baptist Church. Strings 12th May at Leigh Road Baptist Church. Piano 13th May at Leigh Road Baptist Church. Singing 19th, 20th & 21st May at Highlands Methodist Church. Gateway to Performance Evening will be held at Highlands Methodist Church (date to be confirmed).

Gateway to Performance evening at Highlands Methodist Church (date to be confirmed) Our Gateway to Performance evening is open to all with the aim of developing confidence, performance skills and experience, in a relaxed and friendly environment. This evening is ideal for encouraging new or less experienced performers, or for established participants who would like to broaden their experience by trying new areas of the arts and festival syllabus. Entrants will be able to use props and backing tracks (no costumes). Participants are encouraged to bring excerpts of performances that they may be currently working on in school, college or music and drama clubs and societies to share as part of this event. The time limit is 7 minutes.

An Adjudicator will be present to give constructive feedback and support. Normal festival fees will apply. A certificate will be given to performers for participation. There are a limited number of performance slots for this evening so please email the Entries Secretary jenny.woodford@btinternet.com or ring Jenny on 07968 770536 to register your interest.

The Edna Head competition is via feeder classes and these are indicated on the individual syllabus. This competition, supported by the Rotary Club of Southend-on-Sea, is designed for players of piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, double bass, woodwind and brass instruments, who will be 16 years or under on 1st June, 2017. Entrants will be expected to demonstrate their skill by playing a programme of their choice, to be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, showing technical and musical ability as well as enthusiasm for music. The Edna Head competition also determines the Southend Rotary Club’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ title which will be awarded to the highest scoring qualifying entrant who lives or attends school or college within the Southend (SS) postalcode area. He or she will have the opportunity to go forward within the progressive Rotary competition for a national Rotary Young Musician title. The Young Musician of the Year competition is open to amateur young musicians who are not full-time musical students studying for a
qualification above ‘A’ level or equivalent . The Date for the Edna Head competition will be published soon.

The Rotary Young Singer competition (class 260) sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leigh-on-Sea, is open to amateur singers up to the age of 17 years (on 31st August, 2017) but only those living in Southend-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Castle Point and Rochford meet the criteria to be put forward to the progressive Rotary competition (District finals, Regional finals then National finals). This competition aims to offer young people an experience of performing on a public stage, an opportunity to showcase their singing voice and impartial feedback and assessment of performance by an experienced adjudicator. The time limit is 10 minutes. Please select songs suitable for a family audience, giving due consideration to the appropriateness of the lyrics.