Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival
In normal times performance opportunities are provided for all ages in music, dance, speech - Feb/March annually at venues across the borough. All performers receive a written and verbal assessment of their work and there are medals, trophies and cash prizes to be awarded.
Bursaries for the Young Singer, Young Instrumentalist and Young Speech & Drama Performer of the Year together with other sponsored prizes are awarded.
Competitions take place mainly at weekends in February and March at Kew Community Centre,(Music) and YMCA White House Hampton, (Choirs and Speech & drama).
Virtual Music Festival 2021
An online Festival was held in May 2021 for the Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Sections of the Festival which attracted a high-quality entry from across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and France. Adjudicators Paul Harris, Ben Costello, Susan Clark and Fiona McLean Buechel assessed over 300 video performances and all entrants received a detailed mark sheet and a certificate.
Major award winners:
Young String Player of the Year – Alix Vaillot Szwarc (Menuhin School, Cobham)
Young Wind Player of the Year – Lola Frisby Williams (Devon)
Young Singer of the Year – Hannah Wiseman (Twickenham)
Young Pianist of the Year – Eliza Ruffle (Richmond)
It is hoped to hold a live Festival in the Spring of 2022 for dance,k music and drama - Covid restrictions permitting
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Full list for Drama/Dance/Musicals