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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.

The next Festival will take place on 3 days Thursday 19th (choirs day) and Saturday 22nd  and - Sunday 22nd March 2020.

Dear Participant,
It is with regret that I have to inform you that in the current situation we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s festival until June. This has been a difficult decision for us to make as a small charity with limited funds. We appreciate how difficult this will be for performers who have worked hard to prepare for March but we felt we had to put everyone’s health first.
We have been very fortunate that both our venues have been able to help us and so the festival will be able to run. The dates are as follows:
Thursday 18th June – Choirs’ day – Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June – the main festival – Thornden Hall.
The timings will be exactly the same as the published ones. That is, if your class was 9.30am on the Saturday in March, then it will be 9.30am on the Saturday in June. We will send a reminder of times out in May for everyone.
Thank you for all your support.
We look forward to seeing you, and wish you our very best wishes for your health
Shelagh Lee




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