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The Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance is now in its 45th year. Under the auspices of the British and International Federation of Festivals of Music, Dance and Speech, it offers a platform for performers of all ages to receive professional adjudication on their performances in many types of dance and music performance. Our Drama section is not running currently, But we would be keen to re-start this section if a volunteer with expertise in this field were willing to join our Committee.
Our Festival runs in late October and early November each year. Our Dance section takes place at the Desborough Suite, and represents a feast of local talent in ballet, tap, modern and national dancing for individual, small groups and dance troupes. It is a real spectacle, appreciated by participants and audience alike. All sessions are openÂ to the general public and we always welcome increased audience to support our participants. The Dance section has between 400 and 600 participants every year, who benefit from high quality professional adjudication from well-respected national and international judges.
The Music Section runs in early November at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Our vocal section comprises solo, duet, ensemble and choir entries across a broad range of repertoire. Choir entries are particularly encouraged and make for a spectacular evening’s entertainment in the Courtyard Theatre. There are also a range of show and theatre song classes. The piano section also has a broad range of classes, with the top classes in the Courtyard theatre on Norden Farm’s Steinway Grand piano. The instrumental section is growing steadily and has a wide range of classes for soloists and ensembles across a broad range of instruments. There are between 400 and 500 competitors each year in the music section, depending on the size of choirs participating.