The Festival takes place annually at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT

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

Festival Dates – 2016

Drama                                         9th – 11th June

 Piano & Strings                      17th – 19th June

Wind & Brass                           23rd – 26th June

Singing                                       1st – 3rd July                          

Prizewinners’ Concert          Friday 8th July at Highlands Church


 EDNA HEAD AWARD will take place at Highlands Methodist Church on Sunday 26th June, 2016 at 2.30pm

Entry to the Edna Head competition is via feeder classes and these are indicated on the individual syllabus.

The Edna Head Award, supported by the Rotary Club of Southend-on-Sea, has been designed for players of piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, double bass, woodwind and brass instruments, who will be 16 or under on 1st June 2016. Entrants will be asked to demonstrate their skill by playing a programme of their own choice, to be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, showing technical and musical ability as well as an 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) postal-code area.  He or she will have the opportunity to go forward within the progressive Rotary competition for a national Rotary Young Musician title.

*the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland ‘Young Musician competition is open to amateur young musicians who are not full-time musical students studying for a qualification above ‘A’ level or equivalent.

THE ROTARY YOUNG SINGER COMPETITION CLASS 260  – Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Leigh-on-Sea. 

This competition is open to amateur singers up to age 17 years (on 31st August, 2016). Class 260 is open to all students but only those living in Southend-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Castle Point or Rochford meet the criteria to be put forward to the Rotary competition. The Rotary competition aims to offer young people (a) an experience of performing on a public stage (b) an opportunity to showcase their singing voice (c) impartial feedback and assessment of performance by an experienced adjudicator.
The time for competitors’ performance should not exceed 10 minutes. Please select songs suitable for a family audience, giving due consideration to the appropriateness of the lyrics.
Competitors should be accompanied by a single instrument in sympathy with the performance (or accompany themselves).


We are very excited about our School Choirs competitions, which we hope will become a “special target” for school and class choirs.  Participation has been increasing for the past few years, and many schools have enjoyed performing together in public.

The BBC has put a lot of effort into generating its Ten Pieces initiative, and Leigh Musical Festival is delighted to be able to offer TryOut opportunities, so that class groups can show the results of their creative work to the community – and possibly get some professional suggestions to improve their chances of a BBC appearance!

We will continue to offer our usual vast array of classes for groups and individuals, both in Singing and playing  Instruments

We look forward to welcoming you!


WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR SUPPORT  so that we can keep providing the venue, professional adjudicators and other facilities required to give our talented young and older friends a high quality opportunity to show their capabilities.

We have two key ways that you can participate:

As a Friend of Leigh-on-Sea Music Festival you will get free admission to all regular sessions of the Festival (though the talent on show at the Edna Head competition and the Prize Winners’ Concert command an additional charge).

2. The right to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

3. Acknowledgement of your support in the Festival Programme Friends listing.  The Friends membership period runs from 1st January to 31st December, each year.  Membership categories are (a) Individual = £15.00 and (b) Joint = £20.00 two family members living at the same address.

As a Sponsor

If you wish to take a greater part,  you can sponsor a class in the Festival.  Sponsors’ names or attributions are acknowledged in the Class details of the Programme.  You can sponsor a class yourself or as a tribute to a loved one.