About Wantage Music Festival

Wantage Music Festival

 Welcome to the Wantage Music Festival web site. We have been holding a Festival annually at Wantage for many years and we welcome entrants of all ages and levels of ability. Our emphasis is on making music in a pleasant and friendly environment. Following the closure of St Mary’s School, where the Festival was held for its first 30 years, we made some significant changes to the way the festival is run. For three years we held a reduced festival in the splendid facilities of the Challow Park recital hall, and we are delighted that a new, larger, recital hall has now been built on the site, which we are able to use. The 2021 Festival will e at Wantage Methodist Church, which is easier to keep Covid-secure for the particular demands of the Festival, but we hope to return to the splendid, acoustically designed Hall at Challow park in the future. 

The Festival movement aims to cultivate the joy of music-making, and Wantage Music Festival provides a friendly and supportive platform for musicians of all ages to share in the excitement of making music. We aim to keep the element of competition to a minimum, and we hope to encourage performers to learn from one another, as well as from expert adjudication, by grouping classes together.

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.