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.