Given the real possibility that government guidelines will not allow public performances in November, the committee has very reluctantly decided not to hold a “live” festival this year. Instead, entrants will make recordings of their performances, upload them to cloud storage, share them and send us links which will be forwarded to the adjudicators so that they can comment on and grade the performances.
We regret that this means that the performances will not be publicly available.
The annual competitive Woking Music Festival, held in November, is a celebration of the musical and literary vitality of Woking and the surrounding area. People of all ages and standards are welcome to perform in front of a sympathetic audience and to receive feedback and encouragement from a professional.
Founded by Nancy Leigh in 1926, the Festival is now one of the largest of its kind in Surrey with more than 1,000 people taking part each year. It is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) who provide support for amateur festivals.
As a charity it is run entirely by volunteers and we welcome offers of time, helping to steward the Festival or with other administrative tasks (even if only for a couple of hours), or of financial support, by becoming a Friend of the Festival. It gives musicians and dramatists the opportunity to perform in public and to have their performance assessed by respected teachers and performers who give valuable advice and guidance to all participants.
We welcome, indeed encourage, the wider public to come to listen. This is entertaining and instructive, too, as they can learn from hearing others perform and the adjudicators’ comments.
Adult entry: £4 per day.
Under 18s: free.
Rover tickets (giving access to all sessions): £12.
(2019 prices. All tickets available on the door.)