Welcome to the Alderley Edge Festival of Music, Speech & Drama
For well over a hundred years the Festival has been providing an annual platform for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as singers, musicians, actors and public speakers.
Every year more than 2,500 people take part in competitive classes held in venues around our pretty village of Alderley Edge. There is a buzz in the village when the Festival is in full swing: children and adults from the region arrive armed with instruments, sheet music and books of poetry, all having prepared for weeks, if not months, to perfect their pieces.
Our aim is to encourage young people, and older, to grow in confidence through performing in front of an audience and a professional adjudicator. Our adjudicators are all accredited by the British and International Federation of Festivals and have many years of experience from festivals across the country and beyond.
The majority of our performers are of school age (Reception – Year 13), but we have open classes for performers of all ages. We have a wide range of classes: children’s and adult choirs; solo and group instrumentalists; poetry recitals and Shakespearean soliloquys and much more besides. Please see our Syllabus for the full range of classes.
Even if you can’t perform in one of our classes, you are more than welcome to be part of the audience – parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours and anyone else who enjoys seeing talented performers taking to the stage, will be entertained and delighted at the talent the local area has to offer.
Please do come along and support our Festival so we can carry on giving performance opportunities to future generations.