Come and Listen
Of course, the festival would not be the same without an audience. If you would like to hear live music played by a huge variety of ages, abilities, instruments, and styles – or if you just want to drop in for a while, we would love to see you. We aim to keep admission prices low – you can see everything except the final concert for a one-off fee of just £3.00 which covers both weekends. It is FREE for helpers, children and those in full time education. Please note that this fee is payable by adults who wish to watch their own pupils, children, or friends, unless they are playing an accompaniment.
The outline programme is shown below. To get details of every class, you will need a full programme which will be available from early June from the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage, or on the door. (£2.50).
Provisional Programme at Challow Park Hall:
Saturday 17th June -string classes – 2 to 4pm (including guitars) and 5.30 to 7pm (including concerto class)
Sunday 18th June – piano classes 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2 to 5pm (including recital)
Friday 23rd June vocal classes including recitals 6 to 8.15pm – the John Miller Prize for young singers will be announced
Saturday 24th June – vocal classes – 10am-12.15pm, 2 to 5pm and 6-8.30pm. All styles from folk and Songs from the Shows to Opera and Oratorio. Soloists and small and large ensembles. There is also an entertainment class in the afternoon.
Sunday 25th June – brass classes -10:30am – 12:30pm; instrumental 2-4pm ( including finals for the John Durrant Prize and Ken Cooper Cup.)
The End of Festival Concert
Come to the final concert at 7:30 on the evening of the Monday June 26th, to hear some of the best and the most entertaining performances from the festival. This concert is one of the highlights of the whole festival. Admission to the concert will be £7.00 or £4.50 for concessions.
2017 marks forty years since the first Wantage Music Festival was held, and we shall began our celebrations with a special concert. Those who came to the Hall at Challow Park on February 25th were able to enjoy hearing some of the outstanding performers from the past forty years.