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The Festival would like to thank the Oasby Music Group for donating £130.55 refreshment income from their 9th July Summer concert to the Festival.

The Festival is organising an Autumn Concert for the evening of Friday 13th October - more details to follow soon.

Register as a friend

The Festival Committee has learned from experience that it is very hard to gain and/or retain music teachers on the Committee. We do understand that you are incredibly busy.

A Committee needs fresh ideas and moral support from those who would love to be more involved but just can't fit it in. We would therefore like to inaugurate a new idea - a 'Cloud of Friends' who have no responsibilities to attend meetings but who can still stay closely involved by electronic media.

If you as a teacher would like to be a Friend - in effect a consultant - please register HERE. Being a Friend means we communicate with you by email updates or the message board in the 'teachers area' of this site. It also means you can likewise communicate with us and your peers. The other benefit is that you as a pre-registered Friend can enrol your students using the ONLINE ENTRY system that we are setting up later this year.

Propagate awareness using social media

It seems to be a Law of Nature that at the end of every Festival we hear of teachers who hadn't realised it was on - or had never even heard of it! We accept a degree of responsibility - we could probably be more aggressive in publicising the Festival.

However, as we now live in a world of human networks connected by social media, we would like to encourage teachers and students to share news about the Festival on Facebook, Twitter, etc. In this way we hope that nobody who would like to enter will be left out through ignorance.

Prioritise the Festival with your students

Pupils or students are the lifeblood of the Festival but their teachers are the 'agents' who normally send in the entries. Teachers are busy and, it would seem, so are their students to an ever increasing extent.

We recognise that the Festival is just one of many stages on which a student may perform and it is by no means the only one run on a competitive basis. However, for those in the 'Grantham catchment', it does offer a unique chance to perform and compete within a peer group and to receive expert feeedback that can help develop and polish musicianship and performance skills.

Past performers have testified to the importance of the Festival in their own musical journeys. Could you therefore please encourage your students to make the Festival a priority in their calendar.

The 2017 Festival and...

The competitive stage of the 2017 has now finished: click below to see the results.

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We thank all the performers without whom there would have been no Festival. The standards of performance and musicianship were, again, indicative of a wealth of talent backed up by very hard work. They were also a clear testimony to the skill and dedication of those teachers working tirelessly week in, week out. Heartfelt thanks are due to our guest adjudicator Richard Haslam whose very constructive comments were greatly appreciated.

Richard Haslam

The 2018 Festival

The 2018 Grantham Music Festival begins on WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH with the Trophy Winners Presentations and Concert on Saturday 17th March. Our guest adjudicator will be Nadia Hinson.

The 2016 Festival

Click here to see last year's RESULTS and here for the list of TROPHY WINNERS. The programme for the 2016 Trophy Winners Concert can be seen HERE.

October Concerts

October Scene

From 2013 to 2015 the Festival staged concerts at The Kings School in early October. Primarily for fund-raising and launching the new Syllabus, these also afforded an opportunity for 'mature' past-performers to return and for trophy winners who were unavailable for the main concert in March to perform.

Programmes and reports:

   2013 Programme

   2014 Programme   Report

   2015 Programme   Report

Reports kindly written by Gill Charles

We had a break in 2016 but plans for a concert on Friday 13th October 2017 are in progress - watch this space.

Massive Congratulations

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Congratulations to Sheku Kanneh-Mason for WINNING the BBC 2016 Young Musician of the Year competition. Sheku along with other members of his family are past performers in the Festival, both in competitive classes and in October Concerts.

Bacc for the Future - Updated

Big Ben

The Department for Education has announced plans to make the narrowly defined English Baccalaureate (EBacc) all but compulsory in schools. The EBacc proposal means that every pupil taking their GCSEs would have to study a minimum of seven, narrowly defined, GCSEs: English literature and English language, maths, double or triple science, a modern and/or ancient language, history and/or geography. The average number of GCSEs taken by pupils in England is eight. If these plans become a reality, there would be little room left for pupils to study art, dance, design, drama, music or other creative subjects.

A parliamentary debate was forced by signed petition and was held on 4th July. Click HERE to view the debate and HERE to read the transcript.

Trophy Winners Concert

We enjoyed an excellent Trophy Winners Presentation and Concert in which a wide range of music was enjoyed and where our guest presenter Adam Williams related his own experiences as a young Festival performer.

Click HERE to see the Concert Programme and click on the cup below to see the full list of Trophy Winners.

The winner of the Anne Abbott Trophy was the Oasby Music Group Cantabile Violin Quartet for their performance of the Telemann Concerto for Four Violins.

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Anne Abbott Trophy

Anne Abbott Trophy

The Anne Abbott Trophy, donated to the Festival by close friends and family of the late Miss Anne Abbott following her death in 2013, is awarded to the performer(s) giving. as judged by the adjudicator, the best performance of the Festival

Winners of this trophy:

  • 2014 Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (piano)
  • 2015 Joseph Kirkwood (piano)
  • 2016 The Oasby Violin Quartet
  • 2017 Oasby Music Group Cantabile Violin Quartet

Who knows - next year it may be YOU!


Calling All Teachers

Are you a music teacher, either school-based or independent? If so, could you please spare a few moments to read these three paragraphs:

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We invite those who have registered as Friends of the Festival to leave comments on the message board in the Teachers' Area.



Click  HERE  to open our testimonials page where past performers who now have careers in music talk about their experiences of the Festival.

Are you an active musician with memories of performing in the Festival? If so, do send us your reminiscences.


Finkin Street

The Festival, since its restoration in 1963, has had a long-standing and close relationship with ChristChurch (formerly the Central Methodist Church) on Finkin Street. The majority of sessions are held there, including Primary Schools Music Making and the Trophy Winners Concert.

Grantham Town Map

Click on the map to open a modified copy of the Google Maps page showing Grantham town centre. The one-way system around Finkin Street and nearby Pay and Display car parks are also indicated.



There is a wealth of musical activity and opportunity in the Grantham area. Every year, when trying to organise dates and schedules, the Festival planners have to take careful note of competing events that might siphon off performers. We are probably not the only organisation to have this problem and the idea of a centralised online calendar for musical and related events in the region has been suggested as a way to, at least in part, mitigate this perennial headache.

We would value feedback about this proposal - contact us.

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This Festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.

Grantham Music Festival is a Registered Charity (No. 1044961).

The Festival is grateful to the Grantham Journal for many of the photographs shown on this site and for permission to use them.

Site last updated on 10th July 2017

Sponsors and Patrons

Our Main Sponsor is the Trust Insurance Group (10 Guildhall Street, Grantham)

The Trust Group

Our other Sponsor is Simmonds Music (Westgate, Grantham)
Simmonds Music

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In addition we have a faithful band of Patrons who give generously to the Festival year in, year out. Some of them are listed in the Festival Programme each year. Do Contact Us if you would like to become a patron

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Our supporting schools are

  • Grantham Preparatory International School
  • Long Bennngton CE Academy
  • The National CE Junior School
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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We also gratefully acknowledge the generosity in recent years of the estate of the late Miss Anne Abbott, the Rotary Club of Grantham and the New Youth Theatre.

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The Festival would like to express its sincere gratitude to all its supporters for their generosity and encouragement.

Belters and Clangers

Not so many years ago the 'Songs from the Shows' and Handbells were regularly ranked among the 'wow factor' classes in the Festival schedule. Sadly, entries in these classes - and others - have been dropping off.


The Festival draws performers from quite a sizeable catchment so if you are a singer, instrumentalist, composer, in a choir or in a group or ensemble even somewhat remote from Grantham, please consider entering the Festival. What's more, there's no age limit! Have a look at the classes on offer - there should be something for everyone.

2017 Syllabus

Click  HERE  to see all the Classes offered in the 2017 Festival.

But Seriously ....

There is an old joke (& it predates 'Father Ted' by decades, if not millennia!) that says:

   How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
   Answer: Practice !!

In that vein, we would like to hear how you would end the motto: "Aspiration without application and perspiration inevitably results in ...."

Contact Us. The sender of the best answer gets a free ticket to the Festival AGM.