Ealing Festival

New to Ealing Festival? Scroll down to find a few useful tips.


The syllabus is published in December/January each year and can be obtained in hard copy from section leaders (see Contacts) or download as a pdf.

2017 dates are as follows:

Dance: Sunday 9 to Thursday 13 April

Speech, Drama and Verse: Saturday/Sunday 6/7 May

Instrumental: 6, 13 and 20 May (all Saturdays)

Pianoforte: Saturday/Sunday 13/14 May and Saturday/Sunday 20/21 May

Vocal: Saturday/Sunday 22/23 April (juniors); Saturday/Sunday 29/30 April (seniors)

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If you are new to Ealing Festival . . .

Here are a few tips for parents, teachers and performers entering sections other than Dance:

  • Read the festival regulations at the front of the Syllabus and the start of your section, and also the Safeguarding Policy at the back
  • Complete your entry form very clearly, including your email address. Notifications are sent out 2–3 weeks prior to the festival, by email unless you enclosed a stamped addressed envelope with your form
  • Check your venue in advance (see website Contacts section) as each section’s classes are at different locations across the borough
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the class in which you are due to play. If you go to the wrong venue you could miss your class. Also, latecomers disrupt the classes and disturb the adjudicators
  • With the exception of performers and anyone in charge of a large group of performers, audience members need to buy an entry ticket on the day. Programmes listing all performers are available at each venue for a small charge
  • If you are taking part in an Own Choice class, you need to provide a copy of the music for the adjudicator (and, if applicable, for the accompanist)
  • Note that no photography, recording or filming is allowed during festival sessions
  • Stay until the end of your class and listen to the adjudication. The adjudicator will advise on how performances could be improved, sometimes with demonstrations, and present medals and awards as appropriate
  • Pick up your certificate, mark sheet and music after your class – they cannot be posted on afterwards
  • If you win a trophy, the performer or parent must sign a receipt for it and the trophy must be returned in good time for the following year’s festival (see syllabus regulations at the start of each section).