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Our vice-president Geoff Winter died on 27th April aged 85. Please follow this link to see the tribute posted in the Grantham Journal. Our sympathies and thoughts are with Cecilia and the family at this sad time. At the same time we celebrate the enormous contribution Geoff made to the musical life of the town over many decades - a contribution whose effects will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Philip Lank




It is with enormous sadness that we report the death of the Festival's President, Philip Lank. Click HERE to read the tribute to Philip that was included in the 2018 Festival Programme.






The 2018 Festival is now over. We enjoyed music of the highest standard and by common consent our guest adjudicator, Nadia Hinson, was judged to have done an excellent job in all respects. The Trophy Winners Presentations and Concert impressively showcased some of the winning performances and there will be an opportunity for some of the other winners, hopefully including Anne Abbott Trophy winner Isobel Fovargue, to perform at our Autumn Concert on Friday 12th October at Finkin Street.




Visit our Facebook page (linked above) for reports, photos and comment from this year's Festival.




For some years now string soloists and ensembles from the Oasby Music Group have been performing in the Festival. They have won many trophies including the Best in Festival in 2016 and 2017. It is therefore with great pleasure that we can announce that the Oasby U12 Violin Quartet were named Chamber Champions at this year's prestigious Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival held in Cambridge on Sunday 11th March. Links to further information can be found HERE and HERE.


Agatha Concert

The collection at Agatha Parkin's recital at St Wulfram's
raised £220 for the Festival





(photos courtesy of John Parkin)



























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 our very user-friendly ONLINE ENTRY system.


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 2018 Festival

Results and Trophies

The results of the competitive classes are listed HERE. To see the full list of Trophy Winners click HERE. The 2018 winner of the Anne Abbott Trophy is Isobel Fovargue (piano).

Trophy Winners Concert

The Trophy Winners Presentations and Concert took place on Saturday 17th March at 7pm at Finkin St. with guest trophy presenter Oliver Pashley - see the Testimonials section to find out more about Oliver.

Our guest adjudicator was Nadia Hinson.

Nadia Hinson

Nadia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She was awarded first prize for Aural studies and in her final year her quartet won the string chamber prize. She began her career as a freelance violinist playing in many London based orchestras. As an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, she met her musician husband Nigel and together they founded the Veloce Ensemble (string quartet and clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works for that genre. Appearances at festivals and stately homes inspired a regular concert series at Belvoir Castle and Holme Pierrepont Hall.

She is currently the owner and director of the Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and as well as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, she is an International examiner for the ABRSM and a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Nadia has recently been appointed a senior consultant for the LEAD Academy trust, involved in developing music departments in schools in Nottinghamshire, and leading workshops to encourage and involve as many youngsters as possible in experiencing music and the arts. She has set up composition workshops to inspire children to explore feelings and ideas through music and is a mentor for the Trust to develop self-confidence and communication through learning and performance.

2017 Festival Results

Click below to see the results.

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

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Calendar

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.

Photography at the Festival

Click HERE to read the Festival's current policy on the taking of photographs.

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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.

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
  • 2018 Isobel Fovargue

Who knows - next year it may be YOU!



Testimonial

Testimonials



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.

October Concerts

October Scene

Since 2013 the Festival has 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

   2016 No concert was held

   2017 HERE to see photos and programme

2018. An Autumn Concert is going to be held on Friday 12th October at Finkin St. More information will be posted here nearer the time.

Reports kindly written by Gill Charles

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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 Toby Roberts and the Grantham Journal for many of the photographs shown on this site and for permission to use them.

Site last updated on 6th May 2018

Sponsors and Patrons

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

The Trust Group

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Patrons

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
  • Dudley House School
  • The King's School

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We also gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the the Oasby Music Group and, in the recent past, Simmonds Music, 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.

Catchment

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 (see 2018 class summaries above) - there should be something for everyone.