Leigh on Sea Festival of Music and Drama
2015 The Leigh-on-Sea Competitive Festival will take place between 5th June – 28th June 2015, at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3PT.
We are delighted to tell you that again the Festival will be taking place at weekends.
“The object of this Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing, Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.”
The date of the Prizewinners Concert is 3rd July, 2015 (venue to be confirmed).
The Edna Head Award, supported by the Rotary Club of Southend-on-Sea, has been designed for players of piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, double bass, woodwind and brass instruments, who will be 16 or under on 1st June 2015. Entrants will be asked to demonstrate their skill by playing a programme of their own choice, to be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, showing technical and musical ability as well as an enthusiasm for music.
The Edna Head competition also determined the Southend Rotary Club’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ title which will be awarded to the highest scoring qualifying* entrant who lives or attends school or college within the Southend (SS) postal-code area. He or she will have the opportunity to go forward within the progressive Rotary competition for a national Rotary Young Musician title.
*the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland ‘Young Musician competition is open to amateur young musicians who are not full-time musical students studying for a qualification above ‘A’ level or equivalent.
Festival Dates – 2015
Drama Friday 5th June – Sunday 7th June
Strings and Piano Thursday 11th June – Sunday 14th June
Wind & Brass Thursday 18th June – Sunday 21st June
Singing Thursday 25th June – Sunday 28th June
NEW FOR SCHOOLS IN 2015
2015 is an exciting year for Arts education in schools. The government’s New Programme for Music Education in Schools will challenge teachers, who will also address the changed demands of the New Curriculum for Schools, with its more formal emphasis on provision of opportunities for all pupils to experience making music.
Our 2015 Syllabus addresses schools’ needs in new ways:
School Choirs competitions: targeting School Year and Key Stage references, designed to link to the Southend Music Plan for Schools and local teaching initiatives
Instrumental Ensemble classes: linking to Southend Academy of Music initiatives, and the guidelines set out in the New Programme for Music Education in Schools
BBC Ten Pieces TryOuts: non-competitive classes designed to create opportunities for classes to try out the creative materials they have developed in response to the BBC’s initiatives
Classes for individuals: Age Group criteria now show School Year and Key Stage references: to assist teachers in finding classes that fit their pupils’ ages and education stage
We are very excited about our School Choirs competitions, which we hope will become a “special target” for school and class choirs. Participation has been increasing for the past few years, and many schools have enjoyed performing together in public.
The BBC has put a lot of effort into generating its Ten Pieces initiative, and Leigh Musical Festival is delighted to be able to offer TryOut opportunities, so that class groups can show the results of their creative work to the community – and possibly get some professional suggestions to improve their chances of a BBC appearance!
We will continue to offer our usual vast array of classes for groups and individuals, both in Singing and playing Instruments
We look forward to welcoming you!
Dates : The Leigh-on-Sea Music Festival will take place between 7th June – 29th June 2014
Objectives : “to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing, Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.”
For Leigh Music Festival Syllabus, application forms and results click here.
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The date of the Prizewinners Concert is 4th July at 7pm (venue to be confirmed). The Edna Head Award Competition is open to entrants from all across Essex, and will take place on Sunday July 13th, at 2pm.
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