richmond upon thames performing arts festival


The Festival Experience

Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival is open to any amateur performer of any age in the arts of music, dance and speech.  In order to engender the spirit of Festival, all participants are supported equally with mutual respect and without prejudice.

Although Richmond is primarily a competitive Festival the purpose is educational. Festivals are not examinations – they are all about performance in a supportive, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  This is the 80th Festival and the organisers aim to provide:

  1.  A constructive written and verbal appraisal of performances by an experienced and sympathetic professional in the chosen field, who motivates and encourages people of all ages to improve their performance threshold.

  2.  Certificates and a category assessment as an indication of relative achievement

  3.  The opportunity to listen to and see others and gain knowledge from their performance and the assessment of it.  We seek not only to create the next generation of performers but also new, informed audiences.

  4.  The opportunity to gain confidence and develop performance technique, as Festivals provide a goal to aim for and a focus for practice.

  5.  The opportunity to compete for substantial cash bursaries to help with future training in the Richmond upon Thames Young Pianist, Young Singer, Young Instrumentalist, and Young Performer (Speech & Drama) of the Year competitions and the chance to win other cash prizes, medals and trophies.  Details of these are given in the relevant section of this syllabus.

  6.  The Festival complements work done by schools and other organisations and is recognised for some course work for GCSE and A level examinations and gives an opportunity for independent assessment of work in progress.

  7.  A Child Protection Policy is in operation.