Festival 2021

This year’s festival will only feature the dance section, subject to no further restrictions. It will be taking place at Furze Platt Secondary School – please contact our dance co-ordinators for more information. The music section will be back next year and we look forward to welcoming you all back then.

Festival 2020 Update

The Festival committee sadly has to announce that the Festival will not be going ahead this year, due to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19. We had hoped that the situation may change in time for the autumn, but it is now clear that this is not going to be the case and we would not be able to run the Festival. We are sorry for the disappointment this may cause our supporters and competitors, who have been busy practising at home at this time, but we look forward to welcoming you back next year.


We are really sad to report the death of Jean Gregory, who has been involved with the festival for over 40 years. Jean was a staunch supporter of the festival and dedicated many hours not only as publicity officer, but also running the box office.


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
We are delighted to be celebrating the 53rd Annual Maidenhead Festival of Music and
Dance and look forward to seeing you at our events.
Last year’s festival was again a successful event, with high quality entries across all
sections. The Dance section continues to entertain in style at the Desborough Suite, and we
were pleased to welcome members of the public to view some outstanding performances. If
you are not entering as a performer, you are always warmly invited to attend any of the
festival sessions as an audience member. All performers love an audience and you will enjoy
high quality performance at extremely reasonable rates at both the Desborough Suite for
dance and at Norden Farm for the music section.
If you have any queries regarding the classes, or you are not sure which class is most
suitable for you or your pupils, please contact the section co-ordinators, who will be happy to
give guidance. If you need more application forms, these can be downloaded directly from
our website.
The festival is a registered charity run entirely for the benefit of participants. We are
delighted to be able to use the excellent facilities at Norden Farm and the Desborough Suite.
The classes represent excellent value for money in comparison with the full costs of music
and dance exams. Our adjudicators are experienced examiners in their chosen fields, and their
comments are ideal preparation for the exams for which many of our competitors are
We are keen to encourage volunteers to help with box office and front of house during
the festival itself, and if you would like to get involved in this way, I would be thrilled to hear
from you. Please contact me at www.maidenheadfestival.co.uk or on 07736 250597.
The committee and I send our best wishes to everyone participating in the 2018 Festival
and we look forward to seeing you all in October and November. Please check our website
for latest news of this year’s events.

Pippa Eden

New piano cup!

Good news for pianists: a new cup was generously donated to the Festival last year for French music.  It is called the Le Riche Cup for Best Performance of French Piano Music. So, if you have a nice piece of Debussy, Fauré or maybe some Saint-Saëns, then enter one of our French Music Classes and you could win our new cup!