The Eighteenth Burton Competitive Music Festival


Sunday 7th March 2021

Burton Vocal Festival are please to announce that they have changed their name to Burton Music Festival and have a brand new logo – we hope you like it!

After months of planning, we are bringing the 2021 Festival “online” given the current restrictions due to COVID 19.

Our new syllabus for 2021 which removes the duet and ensemble classes but replaces them with a selection of Piano classes which we hope will entice a few new entrants and supporters.

We are very pleased to have Benjamin Costello on board as our official adjudicator. More details about Ben can be found here:

We really hope that our regular entrants will embrace this new format and that we can also encourage some new competitors from across the country now there isn’t a need for them to travel to the venue. So do please feel free to share the details with anyone you know that may be interested.

Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors, we are doing our best to carry on giving performers and students opportunities during these strange times.

The Festival is a Member of the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.


A full syllabus and detailed plan of the new look Festival can be found here: Syllabus 2021

Entry Form

The online entry form can be found here:

General Regulations.

Terms & Conditions can be found here: Terms and Conditions 2021

The Festival is intended for amateurs, who are defined for this purpose as persons who do not derive the chief part of their income from the teaching or performing of this branch of the art.

Entries must be made via the online entry form and payment made by BACS transfer by the date specified. Entry fees are not returnable unless the entry is rejected by the Festival.

The number of entries is limited by time restriction. Classes will be filled in order of application for entry.

No competitor may compete more than once in any solo class.

Details of Own Choice pieces must be given on the entry form. If the official accompanist is to be used then a copy of the music must be sent with the entry. In addition competitors must provide an authorised copy of music for the adjudicator on the day of the Festival

Performers may bring their own accompanist. Free tickets will be issued for entrants and their accompanist if requested on the entry form.

Punctuality is essential for all classes. All competitors must be prepared to arrive at the beginning of a session so that classes may run smoothly and to time.

The qualifying date for age limits is March 1st.

Enquiries or complaints during the competition must be addressed to the Chairman whose decision is final.

Alternative or additional adjudicators may be appointed as necessary.

The adjudicators decision is final.

Named performers cannot be substituted nor can own choice pieces.

The decision of the Committee on any question raised or not covered by these regulations shall be final.

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