Wantage Music Festival
Welcome to the Wantage Music Festival web site. We have been holding a Music Festival annually at Wantage for over 40 years, at St.Mary’s School for our first thirty years until its closure, then in the splendid facilities of The Hall at Challow Park, and now at Wantage Methodist Church in the town centre.
The purpose of Wantage Music Festival is to provide a platform for musicians to perform their music in a friendly atmosphere and to receive advice from an adjudicator, with extensive performing and teaching experience, to indicate the way to improve the performance. We welcome performers of all ages and experience.
The festival is divided into classes of different instruments and singing types (folk, classical, lieder, opera, showtime etc). Usually at the end of a class the adjudicator gives a view of the strengths and possibilities for improvement of each performance as well as any comments across all the performances. There are non-competitive classes for those who prefer not to be classified, in the other classes the performances are classed at different levels.
We use the British Federation of Festivals’ performance categories: Outstanding, Distinction, Commended, Merit, Moderate and Fair. We especially welcome new entrants and, of course, audiences. Our admission charges for audience members are deliberately kept very modest and it’s an excellent way to come and hear music live in Wantage! Do come and listen.
Wantage Music festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech , of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.