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2018
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Holmfirth - the area

Events in Holmfirth

British & International Federation of Festivals

Holmfirth Musical Festival is a competition for instrumentalists and singers,
small vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs. 

The 73rd Annual Competition


will be held Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 October 2018

Holmfirth Civic Hall

Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS
(almost opposite the Fire Station.  Parking in Crown Bottom Car Park - down School St, or Crown St. off Huddersfield Rd. opposite the Civic Hall)

Adjudicator: John Pomphrey


The order of classes is shown below.  A full listing of the competitors in each class is available on the door in the printed programme.


The 2018 competition will include the eighteenth competition for the Rotary Club of Holmfirth Millennium Trophy (which is open to musicians aged 14 to 25 who have a local connection, or who have been previous competitors at Holmfirth, and who aim to use the 250 prize to further their musical studies.  A high standard of performance is expected, and each competitor offers a 15-minute programme. The winner in 2017 was Hannah Bird (left), whose recital included two pieces for viola, and two for piano.


  Competitors in the under 11 Piano Solo Class 2017

Do visit the Festival in Holmfirth this year -  Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th October 2018, and support our young (and not-so-young) talent.   We offer the competitors the opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience - you can be part of that, either competitor or audience - and to be heard by a professional adjudicator who gives each competitor a written report on their performance.  Competitors value these reports - they often bear out what their teachers have said, or raise other points that competitors can work on.   It is always good to win a trophy, but the main emphasis is on performance. 

CLASSES 2018:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th, starting at 6.00pm
Class 9 - Piano solo, under 13
Class 10 - Piano solo, under 15
Class 11 - Piano solo, unde, under 17
Class 13 - Piano Duet, under 11
Class 14 - Piano Duet, under 13
Class 15 - Piano Duet, under 16
Class 16 - Piano Duet, open age.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 19th, starting at 6.00pm
Class 36 - Childrens choirs
Class 19 - Girls' vocal solo - under 12
Class 20 - Girls' vocal solo - under 15
Class 22A - Junior Songs from the shows - under 14
Class 21 - Girls' vocal solo - under 18
Class 22B - Junior Songs from the shows - 15 to 18
Class 1 - Solo instruments - under 13
Class 2 - Solo instruments - under 15
Class 3 - Solo instruments - under 19
Class 23 - Junior Rosebowl Competition
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st, starting at 9.30am
Class 7 - Piano solo, under 9
Class 4 - Guitar solo, under 13
Class 5 - Guitar solo, under 15
Class 8 - Piano solo, under 11

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st, starting at 2.15pm
Class 24 - Soprano solo
Class 25 - Contralto solo
Class 27 - Baritone solo
Class 29 - Operatic solo
Class 37 - Family Class
Class 30 - Oratorio solo
Class 34B - Schumann / Schubert

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st, starting at 6.15pm
Class 41 - Instrumental Ensembles, Year 9 and below
Class 44 - Instrumental Ensemble, open age
Class 12 - Piano solo, open age
Class 31 - Light Operatic solo
Class 38 - ROTARY CLUB MILLENNIUM TROPHY COMPETITION
Class 28 - Rosebowl Competition
Class 32 - Songs from Twentieth Century Shows.




For further information, please email       

or contact the secretary, Mrs. K. Kingdom   

Page updated October 10th 2018