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About the Farnham Competitive Music Festival

About the Festival


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We welcome participants of all ages and abilities, giving them the opportunity to perform in superb conditions and to receive guidance in both non-competitive and competitive classes from our four professional adjudicators.

Our 2017 Festival will be held once again at Frensham Heights School, three miles south of Farnham, in beautiful grounds with glorious views across the valley towards National Trust land. The Ballroom, Recital Room and Aldridge Theatre are used for the Festival classes and the concert. The school’s music practice rooms and ample free parking are available for participants during the Festival weekends.

This year we are delighted to welcome Gill Johnston, Suzie Collier, James Kirby and Nicky-Jane Kemp as our distinguished expert adjudicators for the woodwind and brass, strings, piano and singing sections, respectively.

In the senior recital class of each section competitors who achieve an “outstanding” grade can be awarded the title Farnham Young Musician 2017. A cash prize of £100 will be presented to the Farnham Young Musicians who perform in the Festival Concert

In 2017 the seventh June Fielding Bursary of up to £500 will be awarded to a student intending to make a career in the music profession. Details of other awards and cash prizes can be found here.

We are grateful to our Sponsors and Supporters of the 2017 Festival

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Comments from recent years

These comments from recent Festivals sum up the distinctive character of Farnham Competitive Music Festival which, with up to 400 entries each year, maintains high standards within a friendly atmosphere.


“this is a fantastic venue for a music festival” [a young instrumentalist]
“a friendly festival – we always enjoy this one the best” [a local family]
“super festival and a fabulous confidence booster for our children” [a family from London]


"I felt welcomed and very well looked after" [ an adult entering her first festival]

"the friendly stewards made us all welcome" [ a family from Essex]


BBC Young Musician 2012

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Congratulations to Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician 2012. Laura participated in four classes at our 2011 Festival, performing several of the pieces which she was preparing for the BBC competition. 

We were delighted to receive this message from her family in December 2011:

"I want to thank the Farnham team for organising this true gem of a 
competitive music festival. Everything about it was just exquisite; the 
pre-festival support, the location, the hall where it was held, the quality 
of the adjudicator and her very helpful and thorough comments, the care when we were there, the friendliness, the flexibility and kindness you treated us with. We wish you lots of success, you deserve it!!!"



 "very well done for organising such a brilliant concert. The standards achieved by the performers was truly exceptional"  [Peter Harrison of Grayshott Concerts]


“just the boost she needed; she feels enormously proud of herself” – a parent


“so encouraging to all and I know that every individual benefitted from the performing experience and the positive feedback " - a local violin teacher 


"the whole experience has been a marvellous experience for the group; the adjudicator was so encouraging" - Chiddingfold flute group


"a huge thank you for providing such a positive experience for my students yesterday. There was a very relaxed, fun and supportive atmosphere" - a local woodwind teacher


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