Southampton Festival of Music and Drama was established in 1926, and has been providing a wide range of competitive music classes for both children and adults ever since. It has inspired the careers of many musicians and music teachers throughout the years and is a key landmark in the UK Festival Scene. Taking part in March at Thornden School, it attracts entrants from a wide area. Outstanding performances are selected for the Festival Concert which is held in Thornden Hall on a suitable date after the Festival is complete.

We are back at Thornden Hall as a live festival for 2022, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March – with choirs day at the Methodist Church on Friday 25th March!!!
 
The closing date for entries is 15th January 2022. Online entry can be made at https://www.sfmad.co.uk/ from 15th November 2021. Paper entries can be send to the chairman with a cheque.
 
Anyone can make an entry, not just teachers, so why not give it a go?
 
 
Over the past two years, it has been an exceedingly difficult time for everyone involved in music making and drama. Choirs have not been able to rehearse, many music and drama lessons have gone on-line. Of course, the festival itself went on-line very quickly in 2020. In 2021 we made the decision to run an on-line festival again, and this was highly successful with a good take up from performers both young and old. However, music and drama are supposed to be live experiences, and so we are very pleased, in this our 96th year,  to be able to return to a live festival. The opportunities gained by performing in front of a live audience are immeasurable, both in enjoyment and also in the confidence gained by the performer.
 
We have decided to offer a limited number of video entry classes in both adult and junior vocal for those people who are unable to attend the festival weekend, as we know the on-line classes afforded the opportunity for people to enter from a greater distance.
 
Festivals such as ours take a great deal of organising and would not happen without the work of our dedicated section administrators, committee members and volunteers who give freely of their time to make sure this event happens. In 2021, four of our section administrators were awarded certificates in recognition of their years of service by Southampton Voluntary Services. In 2022 we are looking for people to help us on the front desk and as table stewards in the various sections. Please let me know if you are able to help.
 
Once again thank you to everyone who has supported the Festival, especially over the last two years. I know that with everyone’s enthusiasm for this amazing event and your continued support and help, we can look forward knowing that future generations will gain as much enjoyment from the Festival as we have.
 
Best wishes
 
 
 
Shelagh Lee
Chairman

 

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