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of Music and Speech

About Us

Inaugurated in 1925, the Wadebridge Festival has a long and successful history of providing a platform for Cornish musicians, young and old, to share their passion for both music and the spoken word; it is a well attended, friendly festival enjoyed by so many.

Over the six day festival, individuals, music ensembles, choirs and schools compete to win trophies across a range of categories and then perform in the final night's celebratory concert. Subject to entries, the festival runs from Monday to Saturday inclusive.

The Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals as are all adjudicators.

Members of the public are warmly invited to attend all competition sessions at the Town Hall in Wadebridge and the Gala concert which features many of the class winners, celebrating the very best of the week's talent.  

Sheet Music and Guitar
 
 

Provisional Programme
27 Feb - 4 March 2023

Please note that the final programme will be finalised once entries close.  The programme therefore is subject to change.

 Monday 27 February

Public Speaking and Speech 

Wednesday 1 March

Brass, Choirs, Vocal and Instrumental

Friday 3 March

Brass, Choir, Vocal and Instrumental 

Tuesday 28 February

Public Speaking and Speech

Thursday 2 March

Brass, Choirs, Vocal and Instrumental

Saturday 4 March

Brass, Choir, Vocal and Instrumental 

GALA CONCERT           Saturday 4 March at 7pm

 
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Tish Nicoll

LGSM,DipCe, FESB,MSTSDAGSM (teaching), ALAM (Acting and Public Speaking),

Certificate in Education, LISTD, CDE (Dance),

Adjudicator for British and International Federation of Festivals

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Tish is a Licentiate of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has a
wide range of experience in teaching all age groups in schools, colleges and the business world. Tish
now lives in Suffolk, and works freelance. She is visiting lecturer in Vocal Communications in colleges in
the UK and in Italy. She has examined for The English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. and was their
Chief Examiner for seven years. She has travelled widely both in the UK and overseas lecturing, running
workshops, examining and adjudicating.


As well as ‘Voice Over’ work for advertising, Tish has television experience as a performer and stage
experience as a performer and director. She is also a trained singer, specialising in recitals of poetry and
song.


From an early age Tish took part in Festivals and well remembers how it feels to be a participant! Now,
herself a Festival organiser and adjudicator, she knows the importance of these events and welcomes
the opportunities offered to performers of all ages, giving them a platform for their work and a chance to
celebrate music, poetry and drama.

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Roy Robinson

MA, Dip Perf RCM, ARCM (VlaP), LTCL (PfP), ARCM (VlaT), LRAM (PfT), ALCM (VlnP)

Roy trained as a viola and piano performer at the Royal College of Music and was a major prize-winner in his 4th year of study. He was a dual first study viola pupil of Frederick Riddle and piano pupil of Angus Morrison, and holds a complete suite of performing and teaching diplomas on those instruments. He also gained a performing diploma on violin, won the Leslie Alexander Viola Competition (the highest award available at the RCM) and was later awarded an MA; he also has a background as an organist, conductor and composer.


Roy has spent most of his career combining teaching (largely as Director of Music in independent schools), performing, examining and adjudicating. He has taught academic music to A Level, his main instruments to diploma level and violin to RAM Exhibitioners. He has coached numerous orchestral and singing courses and festivals for children, trained and directed choral societies and has a number of published compositions for violin and small jazz groups.


He has performed in orchestras and ensembles, and as an accompanist and solo/duo recitalist. He is an extremely busy ABRSM grade, diploma and jazz examiner and has worked extensively overseas: Malaysia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, South Africa, Namibia, USA, Bermuda, China and Germany (examining in German!). He recently consulted for ABRSM by selecting and co-selecting the current graded exam syllabus for viola; he has also presented teacher meetings abroad.


As an adjudicating member and mentor for the British and International Federation of Festivals, Roy is in demand at some of the UK’s largest music festivals. He not only enjoys adjudicating his specialist areas but also the complete range of classes as a generalist.


Away from music, Roy can often be found driving one of his classic cars, gardening, playing croquet or
baking cakes!

 

The Syllabus

Variety in every category

The festival offers over one hundred classes with a wide variety of opportunities to take part for both adults and children. There are verse speaking classes for every age group, along with a range of choral groups and instrumental sections from pre Grade 1 piano to brass ensembles. Take a look at our extensive syllabus. To complete an online entry form, please see below.

Printed copies of the syllabus can be obtained from the Entry Secretary

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Entry Form for 2023

The deadline for entry is Monday 16th January 2023

We welcome entries from individuals, music groups, ensembles, choirs and schools.  Competitors in all classes must be amateur musicians.

INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER WILL BE PROVIDED IN DECEMBER

 

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Sponsors

The Festival is sponsored by local Businesses and Organisation.

 A Safe Festival

For Festival policies and guidance, including creating a space to keep everyone safe.

FAQs

For information about parking, performing or entering the festival.

Contact Us

For more information about the Wadebridge Festival, or to volunteer, please email us

 

Location 

Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech

Wadebridge Town Hall

The Platt

Wadebridge

Cornwall 

PL27 7AQ

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