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2017 Festival and Concerto Class

The First Round of the Concerto Class will be held on 27 & 28 January in Stockbridge Parish Church in Saxe Coburg Street. The programme is now available at the link below. Works of all periods for Piano, Violin, 'Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar and Accordion will be heard in a free concert full of variety and interest.

By early evening on Saturday 28 January the adjudicators, Christina Thomson and James Kirby, will have chosen four finalists who will to compete for the prestigious Audrey Innes Trophy, accompanied by full orchestra, at The Queen's Hall on Sunday 12 March. The Concerto Class is of a very high standard so do come along on January 27 and 28 to hear some of it!

The main 2017 Festival will be held from Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 12 March. We have had nearly 1000 entries, 80% of them via our new online entry system, and it promises to be another great Festival.

Those who have asked for the official accompanist are reminded that, with the exception of adult singers, they must send the accompanist’s music to Margaret Donaldson no later than 31 January – details are in the Syllabus Regulations which you can access on the Syllabus page of this website.

We would also be grateful for any feedback you have on our new online entry system – please email email@ecfest.org.uk with such comments or any others on the Festival.

About our Festivals

We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator.

Our programme of competitive and non-competitive classes allows performers of all abilities to take part. There are classes in a wide range of instruments, or combinations of instruments, as well as for singers. Full details are contained in our annual Syllabus, accessible on this website.

If you have participated in our festival before and benefitted from it, please tell your friends and encourage them to participate too. Newcomers are very welcome. More generally, if you have any comments or suggestions about our festival, we would like to hear them: please email us at email@ecfest.org.uk.

We now also have a Facebook page.

Photo of one of our venues, Stockbridge Parish Church


We are affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals, an organisation which represents the interests of the Amateur Festival Movement. To find out more about the Federation, visit their website.

Your feedback is welcome

The Festival website is under review. It aims to provide essential information about our festivals and how and when to take part in them. If you have suggestions for other information which would be helpful to have available online, or have a comment on the current pages, please Contact us.