The 2020 Festival

was cancelled before the last weekend

The 2020 Festival was running over the first three weekends of March.  The first two weekends went very well, with lots of wonderful performances in what was described by visitors as a warmly welcoming, encouraging and comfortable atmosphere. 

Sadly, the Coronavirus pulled us up short and following new government advice, along with our concerns for the safety of our competitors, professionals and volunteers, we had to cancel the last weekend, so sadly there will be no Final Concert.

The next update on this website will likely be in the Summer when we prepare the 2021 Syllabus.  Suggestion for that will be welcomed by email or facebook.


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.  It costs the charity over 20,000 to put on the Festival.  Please consider making a donation of any amount, however small, so that we can continue providing the opportunity for aspiring musicians and drama students.  Full details on our finances can be found at

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.

Many more pictures are available on

The venue for 2020 is again Harrogate High School

We will be at
Harrogate High School (HHS),
Ainsty Road, Harrogate,

6th-8th, 13th-15th and 20th-22nd March 2020 (

We were very grateful, yet again, for the strong support of the school staff in 2019.

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 space. 

In 2020 we will again hold the String classes on the third weekend.