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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 75th Competition

will (hopefully) take place Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 October 2021

Holmfirth Civic Hall


This can be downloaded - see the link at the top of the column on the left.

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: to be confirmed

Results of the 74th Annual Festival, 18th - 19th October 2019
Pianoforte Solo(under 9) -   First: Lucy Smith
Pianoforte Solo(under 11) -   First: Kirsty Smith;   Second: Catherine Elizabeth Hodgson
Pianoforte Solo(under 13) -   First: Niamh Johnson;   Second: Kirsty Smith
Pianoforte Solo(under 15) -   First: Annie Li;   Second: Annie May Cottle;   Third: Lydia Ruth Tobi
Pianoforte Solo(Open) -   First: Nicole Stella Jessop
Pianoforte Duet(under 11) -   First: Amelia Tabb and Amelia Poulston
Pianoforte Duet(under 16) -   First: Louis Kidger and Annie Li
Solo Singing for Girls(under 12) -   First: Clementine Melling
Solo Singing for Girls(under 15) -   First: Madeleine North;   Second: Emma Nelson
Solo Singing for Girls(under 18) -   First: Madeleine North;   Second: Emma Nelson
Junior Songs from the Shows(under 14) -   First: Madeleine North;   Second: Clementine Melling
Soprano Solo(Open) -   First: Carol Parkinson;   Second: Hannah Wharton
Contralto Solo(Open) -   First: Patricia Waller;   Second: Rebecca Waterhouse
Tenor Solo(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton
Baritone Solo(Open) -   First: Colin Shires
Operatic solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Hannah Wharton
Oratorio Solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Colin Shires
Light Operatic Solo, all voices(Open) -   First: Malcolm Parkinson
Songs from Twentieth Century Shows(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton,  Rebecca Waterhouse
Folk Song, unaccompanied or self-accompanied(open) -   First: Hannah Wharton
Schumann / Schubert(Open) -   First: Richard Buxton
Small Vocal Ensembles, 2 to 5 voices, (Open) -   First: Carol & Malcolm Parkinson
Children's Choir Class(Children's choirs) -   First: Huddersfield Choral Young Voices
Family Class -   First: Hazel Davis & Clementine Melling;   Second: Sambrook Family
Challenge Choir Class(adult choirs) -   First: Denby Dale Ladies Choir
Rotary Millennium Trophy(recital class, 14 to 25) -   First: Colin Shires
Instrumental Ensemble, 2 or more players(Open) -   First: Hanson Community Arts String Group;   Second: Hanson Community Arts Ukulele Group
Solo Instruments (brass)(under 13) -   First: Phoebe Jones
Solo Instruments (strings)(under 13) -   First: Lucy Hanson;   Second: Eleanor Hanson;   Third: Phoebe Jones
Solo Instruments (brass)(under 15) -   First: Phoebe Jones
Solo Instruments (strings)(under 15) -   First: Edith Berryman;   Second: Nicole Stella Jessop
Solo Instruments (under 19) -   First: Edith Berryman

Special Trophies:
Louise Hinchliffe Trophy (for the most promising young vocalist) – Madeleine North
J. Martyn Wilcock Trophy (high marks in instrumental classes) – Lucy Hanson
Ridings Trophy (high marks in instrumental classes) – Edith Berryman
Pratty Flowers Rosebowl (competed for by the winners of the junior vocal classes) – Clementine Melling
Dorothy Drinkwater Memorial Trophy (for the most promising pianist under 11 years old) – Kirsty Smith
Holme Valley Trophy (for the girl residing in the Holme Valley with highest marks in piano class) – Annie May Cottle
Winifred M. Brook Trophy (for the most meritorious performance in piano classes) – Kirsty Smith
Mabel Whitely Rosebowl (competed for by the winners of the adult voice classes) – Patricia Waller
L. K. Green 60th Jubilee Award (for the most outstanding vocalist of the competition) – Rebecca Waterhouse
Director’s Cup (for the most entertaining performance of the Festival) – Malcolm Parkinson.

Young Pianists at the 2019 Festival.

Winners of the under 16 piano duet class.

Many thanks to the family of the late Dorothy Drinkwater for donating a new trophy in her memory.  Dorothy had been a supporter of the Festival for several decades, teaching both young singers and pianists.

The picture shows Dorothy's niece presenting the trophy to Emily Winter, the most promising under 11 pianist in the 2018 Festival

  Competitors in the under 11 Piano Solo Class 2017

Do visit the Festival in Holmfirth next year -  Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th October 2020, 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. 

The syllabus has now been published.  The programme will be decided after all the entries are in - the closing date is 12th September 2020.  We will then publish a running order on this website.

For further information, please email       

or contact the secretary, Mrs. K. Kingdom   

Page updated May 23rd 2020