History

At the North London Festival, we run a comprehensive series of annual competitions to encourage performers of all ages to showcase their talents and skills in Music, Speech and Drama. Each entrant receives a written adjudication from a notable professional together with a certificate of participation. Some competitions also offer the opportunity to win cash prizes, vouchers, medals and trophies. Many competitors return year after year, finding that the North London Festival experience has an extremely positive impact on their educational and personal development. For some it is a stepping stone towards a career in their area of [expertise/study].

Soon to celebrate our centenary, we have a long and proud history. The Festival was launched in 1920 at the Northern Polytechnic Institute in Holloway Road, at a time of significant growth in Music Education. The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was formed the same year, Gustav Holst’s ‘Planets Suite’ had its first complete public performance and Ralph Vaughan Williams composed ‘The Lark Ascending’. Valuing excellence from the beginning, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Dame Clara Butt were among our distinguished Founders, while great musicians such as Dame Myra Hess, Sir David Willcocks and Sir Colin Davis have helped steer us through various challenges and changes.

Now operating at several locations in North London, including the Free Church in Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, we continue to grow and develop. We respond to changes in taste and to public and educational demands, working with teachers, students and dedicated professionals to offer the best performing experience possible.

None of this could be done without our valued Sponsors, our Friends and supporters, and our wonderful team of volunteers. Audiences, too, are a crucial part of what makes the competitions special and we warmly welcome anyone interested in encouraging our performers and maybe spotting the stars of the future.

For information on becoming a Friend or volunteer, to donate, or for any other queries, please email admin@northlondonfestival.org.uk

The festival is affiliated to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). (Previously the affiliation was to the Schools Music Association (SMA) of Great Britain, but the SMA is now part of the ISM.) There are several Cups, Trophies, Medals and Cash Prizes to be won. Festival Entrants should note the “Regulations and Information“.

 

Section
Class
First Competitor's Name
(as it will appear in programme)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Second Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Third Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Fourth Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Add more competitors
Remove Competitor
Group/Choir Size (if applicable)
Title and Composer of piece to be performed
(if applicable)
Time to perform (if applicable)
Teacher's name
Teacher's Contact phone number
Teacher's Email
Class fee