The 2019 Festival will run over the first three weekends of March. The Syllabus is available on this website and is with the printer. Printed copies should be available in Music House by mid September and then will also be sent to local libraries in the Harrogate area.
If you wish us to post you a copy (for £1 P&P which can be paid by debit/credit card) please email Derek Starling.
The original syllabus published on this site and the paper copy, contained two mistakes that have now been corrected on the online syllabus and the entry system. The mistakes were:
The Festival is a Registered Charity, number
510706. It was established in
1936. It is non-profit, managed and organised by
For the last three years the Festival has received no funding from the Council. These Festivals all ended with a significant deficit. It costs the charity over £20,000 to put on the Festival. Continued losses will put the event at risk. Please consider making a donation of any amount, however small, so that we can continue providing the opportunity for aspiring musicians and drama students.
The Final concert and the Young Musician of the Festival Competition was held on 18th March. The 2018 Young Musician of the Year is Yuan Xu. Yuan is an very competent pianist who has been a regular Festival player. This last year has seen him develop his skills quite strongly. Congratulations to Yuan and his fellow finalists who provided us with a great play-off.
The full list of 2018 class winners is available through the "Winners" link above.
We will be at
Harrogate High School (HHS),
Ainsty Road, Harrogate,
on the 1st-3rd, 8th-10th and 15th-17th March 2019 (www.harrogatehigh.co.uk).
For 2018 we were, for the second time, at HHS.
Once more we were very happy with the location and are grateful yet again for the strong support of the school staff.
This year we had
use of the Dance Studio and the Sport Hall. This worked
well for us as it provided the opportunity to use more
The first weekend
was very busy and we were forced to use some of the smaller
rooms when we would have preferred not to. We have
decided that in 2019 we will move the Strings sections from
the first to the third weekend to better balance the weekends
and to give ourselves more options on the use of rooms.