Ealing Festival
Ealing Festival of Music, Dance, Speech and Drama was established in 1947.

Our aim

The primary aim of the Festival is to encourage the study and performance of the arts by providing an opportunity for competitors to perform prepared pieces in public, in a friendly atmosphere.

The Festival has classes for all ages and abilities and entries are welcome from all sources including teachers, schools, societies and individuals.

Each performer receives constructive criticism from an expert adjudicator, and prizes or trophies are awarded to winners of classes.

Performance categories

The five sections represented are:

  • Dance
  • Instrumental
  • Pianoforte
  • Vocal
  • Speech, Verse and Drama.
Administration and funding

The Festival is run by an Executive Committee and other volunteers. It is sustained by the generous donations of sponsors and Friends.

We are always pleased to welcome new supporters and involve them in the Festival, so If you would like to like to help us in any way, click on Contact us.

Urgent appeal for volunteers - please help!

Did you know that throughout the country, festivals have been closing for lack of volunteer support? Like hundreds of others, Ealing Festival is run entirely by volunteers, and we are desperately short of them. Please help us to survive by volunteering a few hours of your time during May.

As a volunteer, you could be a steward for a morning or afternoon during the Festival session days:

  • selling tickets and programmes
  • checking in performers, or
  • helping to prepare refreshments.

Even if you can offer only a few hours of your time, your assistance would be much appreciated.

We are also looking for new section leaders, to receive entries and schedule classes for their section (training will be given, but we need people who are used to using a computer).

With your help, we can survive for another year. Without it, we may have to reduce certain elements of the Festival, which gives such valuable performance opportunities to young people.

To find out more, please contact one of the section leaders (see Contacts page).

Child protection/safeguarding policy

Ealing Festival operates a comprehensive child protection/safeguarding policy in accordance with recommendations of the British and International Federation of Festivals. The policy is printed in every syllabus and programme and distributed to parents and teachers entering children.

The 2017 Festival

Our performers and adjudicators across the five sections made this year's another memorable festival. It was the first under the chairmanship of Yvonne Baisden.

The Dance classes took place at St Benedict’s School and were adjudicated by Karen Collings. During the five very full days of classes dancers exhibited a wide range of styles and cultures, providing a memorable experience for audiences as well as what can turn out to be a début for tomorrow’s professionals. Dance styles included ballet (modern and classical), tap, character, national, Greek and stage (with and without song), in solos and in groups from two upwards.

The Pianoforte section was held over two weekends at St Mary’s, Perivale. Our adjudicator was Graeme Humphry. Audiences heard everything from Bach to Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin and Prokofiev, not to mention an outstanding Sabre Dance duet (Khachaturian).

The Instrumental section took up three days and had two adjudicators, Tim Wells for strings and Melanie Ragge for wind and brass. This section featured many impressive performances by both soloists and ensembles and covered a wide range of repertoire spanning several centuries.

The Concerto Final brought together concerto class winners from both the Instrumental and the Pianoforte sections. It was won by the youngest competitor, 13-year-old Rhys Concessao, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no 1 (first movement). He will perform a concerto with Ealing Symphony Orchestra in its next season.

The Vocal section, held at All Hallows Church, Greenford, over two weekends, was adjudicated by Jane Wilkinson. Classes featured every type of vocal music from opera to 'songs from the shows', African spirituals, Flanders & Swann numbers and, for the first time this year, rock and pop.

The Speech and Drama classes occupied one weekend and were hosted by Dormers Wells Junior School in Southall. The adjudicator was Timothy McCarthy. Performances ranged from improvised acting to mime, group acting and the recitation of original poetry.

Our Celebration Concert, held at St Mary’s, Perivale, on 11 June, featured a selection of performances from all the music and the Speech and Drama sections.

Advertising

To advertise in Ealing Festival programmes, please email y.baisden@hotmail.com with your advert attached, or send a copy of the advert to Ealing Festival, 24 Elton Avenue, Greenford UB6 0PW.

Rates: full page (A4) £60; half page (A5) £30. Payment must be made in advance (please make cheques payable to Ealing Festival).

All advertisers are also listed in the syllabus.

Friends of Ealing Festival

The support provided by the Friends of Ealing Festival helps us to hold our entry fees at the lowest possible level, thus keeping the Festival accessible to all. You can become a Friend for an annual donation of £15 (or more if you prefer) per person, and your membership card will entitle you to a free programme for each Festival section (Dance, Instrumental, Piano, Vocal, and Speech, Drama and Verse).

To become a Friend for the next season, please send your details (name/address including postcode, email and telephone number, signed and dated) with your cheque, made payable to Ealing Festival, to Mrs Yvonne Baisden, Ealing Festival, 24 Elton Avenue, Greenford UB6 0PW..