The Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Music, Dance, and Speech & Drama is Milton Keynes’ largest and longest running performing arts platform for amateur performers.
The 2017 festival will be our 49th annual festival, incorporating separate Choirs and Orchestral days and also the official Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year competition. The 2017 music and drama syllabus and entry form are now available to download with the closing date of 31 December 2016.
The festival runs annually during February and March and comprises the following elements: See festival dates page for actual dates and venues
- Dance festival
- Music festival – soloists
- Music festival – orchestras and ensembles
- Music festival – choirs and barbershop
- Drama festival
- Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year
You can view and download the 2017 music and drama festival syllabus by clicking the icon below or from August you can go online to make your music and/or drama festival entries, which also incorporates payment via PayPal. The dance festival cannot be entered online and the syllabus will be available via this site soon.
You will receive a copy of the music and drama syllabus by post automatically if you entered in 2016. You can also contact Pat Haig on email@example.com to request one.
Syllabus is now downloadable and online entry is up and running.
We are honoured to be sponsored by Kawai Pianos with the provision of five wonderful concert grand pianos for use by our performers and accompanists.
Feedback from our 2016 music festival: “I have been performing in Festivals around the south-east of England for more than 20 years and the Milton Keynes Festival is the most friendly and relaxed I have taken part in. All the volunteers were welcoming and helpful, parking was easy and the venue was just the right size, with a good acoustic and comfortable seating. What’s more, the adjudicator (James Kirby) was outstanding and dished out medals liberally. The icing on the cake was the piano: a brand new Kawai concert grand. Highly recommended.”
The Ten Pieces programme from the BBC is intended to introduce school children to classical music. The British and International Federation of Festivals is one of the champions of the initiative. Go to the Ten Pieces page on this site to see how Milton Keynes Dance Festival is supporting the initiative and how you can get involved.
Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals of which HM the Queen is patron and which is the umbrella body for competitive festivals of performing arts across the UK and beyond.