Welcome to Woking Music Festival


Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to hold a live festival this year. Instead, entrants made recordings of their performances for the adjudicators.

We regret that the performances will not be publicly available.

The names of the class winners are now available under the 2020 Festival tab. We have also posted some pictures in the gallery from the videos (with the performers’ permission).

It has been reluctantly decided not to proceed with the Woking Young Musician of the Year competition in 2021, usually held at the beginning of February, in view of the uncertainty concerning live performances at the present time.
However, it is hoped to stage a showcase performance later in the year.
For details of this event, keep an eye on the website or fill in the contact form for more information as it becomes 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.)

In early February, it organises the Woking Young Musician of the Year competition with outstanding solo performers between the ages of 14 and 20  from the main Festival being invited to participate.

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Woking Music Festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron
Registered Charity No 287647