Marlow Festival of Music & Drama 2016

12th to 27th November 2016
In Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, All Saints Church and Spinfield School, Marlow, the festival provides a unique opportunity to perform in front of family and friends, a small audience, and a professional adjudicator. Everyone is welcome to come and watch all the classes.
Entries open in 1st August 2016 and the Festival committee warmly invites performers of all ages and standards to take part in the huge range of competitive and noncompetitive classes.

A number of local professional musicians and actors have generously donated their expertise and time to ensure the success of this year’s festival, including Gillian Karaviotis (Chairman), Paul and Janet Churchouse (piano secretaries)Jane Trainer and Amber Edlin (drama secretaries), Naomi Atkins (vocal) and Barbara Douglas (brass/woodwind secretary).

The adjudicators for the 2016 Marlow Festival of Music and Drama are Timothy Barratt (Piano), Marilyn Hill Smith (Vocal), Jenny Thornton (Drama), Rosanna Whitfield (Brass/Woodwind) and Keith Smith (Strings)

The committee is also extremely grateful to local IT expert Brian Tibbels, who designed the online registration and entry system and website.

I am delighted to present the Syllabus for 2016.  It is a great honour and privilege to be the Chairman of Marlow Festival of Music & Drama in its twenty first year.  Last year’s Festival was a great success with the Drama section doubling its entries. 

The Festival Committee warmly welcomes its new members in the roles of Treasurer, Database Secretary, Piano and Vocal Secretaries.  I am confident they will bring enthusiasm and expertise to an already vibrant Committee.

Our aim is to create a Festival that children and adults of all ages and abilities will come and enjoy being part of, and leave with a great sense of achievement and fulfilment.   Our outstanding adjudicators give each individual high quality perceptive and positive advice.   Our entrants are given a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other and gain confidence in their performance in front of family, friends and supporters of the Festival.    I would urge you to spread the word to all your friends and their teachers about the great benefits of entering the Festival.

We are delighted to have a link with our local Marlow U3A Music Appreciation Group which provides excellent opportunities for young musicians to participate in concerts at a local church in Marlow.  Promising young musicians will be considered for inclusion in the Marlow U3A concerts, as a step towards extending and broadening their recital experience.

Marlow Festival of Music & Drama is hugely grateful to all the sponsors, Friends, supporters and volunteers who help to ensure that those taking part in the Music and Drama classes can continue to develop and enjoy the art of performance.

We very much look forward to welcoming participants, teachers, parents and supporters to the Festival and hope that all, in some way, will receive encouragement and inspiration which in turn will promote success, and a love of music and drama.

Gillian Karaviotis Chairman, Marlow Festival of Music & Drama

May, 2016



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