The 2019 Festival has finished

The 2019 Festival ran over the first three weekends of March. 


The Festival is a Registered Charity, number 510706.  It was established in 1936.  It is non-profit, managed and organised by volunteers. 

For the last four years the Festival has received no funding from the Council.  The  2016, 2017 and 2018 Festivals all ended with a significant deficit.  We have not yet reconciled the 2019 costs.  It costs the charity over 20,000 to put on the Festival.  Details on the previous five years are shown here.  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 2019 Festival finished with a

final concert on 17th March 2019

The Final concert and the Young Musician of the Festival Competition was held on 19th March. The 2019 Young Musician of the Year is Rachael Green.   Rachael thrilled the judges with her performance on the Tenor Saxophone.

The Finalists

From the left: Toby Young (Brass), Jasmin Javaherian (Piano),  Frank Bounds (Singing), Ansel Bayly (Percussion) and Rachael Green (Woodwind).  With Festival Chairman Paul Dutton.

The full list of the 2019 class winners is available through the "Winners" link above.

Many more pictures are available on

The venue for 2020 will again be Harrogate High School

We will be at
Harrogate High School (HHS),
Ainsty Road, Harrogate,
on the 6th-8th, 13th-15th and 20th-22nd March 2020 (

For 2019 we were, for the third time, at HHS.

Once more we were extremely happy with the location and are yet again grateful for the strong support of the school staff.

This year we had many more choirs.  During two classes of choirs we had all of the 500 chairs, loaned to us, occupied.

We are grateful to St Aiden's for the loan of these interlinked chairs.