Chairmans Letter

It gives me great pleasure to present the 2019 Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival!

Once again the Festival will be hosted within the excellent facilities of Queen Mary’s College, and we thank the college for their hospitality.

On behalf of myself and the committee I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in last years festival for your patience and support during the disruptions caused by the adverse weather conditions. Whether this was as a participant, supporter, sponsor or volunteer, your understanding and assistance was very much appreciated and we hope to repay you with a wonderful 2019 festival! 

This year we welcome a new secretary for the Piano section and you will see there are some exciting changes and new classes added. Our committee of volunteers are always open to communication so please do make contact if you have any queries or suggestions. 

We are frequently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis on fun and all-round participation! We’d love to see entrants of all ages and abilities taking part this coming year and we endeavour to see smiles, creativity and enjoyment from all involved and we look forward to seeing you all in March 2019!

Sam Gill                                                                                                                         

Hon. Chairman


The Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival Association is a registered charity (Reg. Charity No.1037049) and is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals. Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke RG21 3HF will be hosting the entire 2019 Festival. Our website: Performers’ names will only be used on the Festival website to celebrate their success. No other details will be shared. If you do not wish your name to be included please inform your Section Secretary. The information you provide on your entry form is not held on a computer system.

SPONSOR OUR FESTIVAL                                           

Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival was established in 1963 and is organised annually by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Committee members and venues have changed over the years and sections have been added or deleted according to public demand. Together with loyal support from teachers and performers who enter the Festival, the ongoing success of each annual event relies on financial help offered by companies and individuals within the local community.                                                                          

Festival entries are received from a wide geographical area, including Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire. Many entrants are attracted as a result of visits to our website: which contains Festival information, as well as copies of the Syllabus and entry forms which can easily be viewed and downloaded. Items of topical information and news of current Festival activities can also be found on our Facebook page:

Our committee invites sponsors to advertise in our 2019 Festival Programme, which will include details of programmes for all sections of the festival held over each of the three weekends. We estimate that approximately 500 copies will be printed, offering a potentially valuable advertising window to a wide circulation of individuals and groups, including many friends, teachers and families of entrants taking part in each of our sections.   A full-page coloured advertisement would attract a fee of £120 with smaller advertisements charged pro-rata.


We currently have a vacancy for an extra member to join our committee to assist with the work of the general secretary. If you have an interest in this role or feel you would like to help with any of the sections of our Festival, then we would love to hear from you!

We are always grateful for any offers of help on Festival days, either with setting up rooms and putting up notices, manning reception and certificate desks or being on hand to direct entrants and audience members to rooms at Queen Mary’s College.

For further information please contact our general secretary: 

Jean Filkin:  Email:     Telephone 01256 851044  



Mrs. Angela Hurley

Vice Presidents

Mrs. Ann Blairman Mrs. Margaret Garland

Elizabeth and Garth George Mrs. Wendy Harding

Irene and Brian Holman Mr. Paul Holmes Mrs. Sue Morris Mrs. Jean Murphy Mrs. Irene Rodges Mrs. Mary Vine

Festival Committee

Chairman – Mrs. Sam Gill

Hon. Secretary – Mrs. Jean Filkin

Hon. Treasurer – Mr. Ian Holmes

Health and Safety – Mr. Keith Filkin

Publicity Officer – Mrs. Angela Holmes

Safeguarding Officer – Mrs. Sam Gill

Council Representatives – Cllr. Andy McCormick

Cllr. Angie Freeman

Section Secretaries

Band, Choir, Ensemble and Orchestra – Mrs. Rebecca Whittock

Brass – Mrs. Sam Gill

Creative Writing – Mr. Tony Corbin

Pianoforte – Ms. Hannah Lindsey-Clark

Recorder – Mrs. Sam Gill

Singing – Mrs. Marilyn Wright

Speech and Drama – Mrs. Angela Holmes

Strings – Mrs. Jean Filkin

Woodwind – Mrs. Sam Gill


Miss Eloise Gill



OUTSTANDING ~ 90+ ~  An exceptional performance both technically and artistically
(with medal – solo classes only)

DISTINCTION ~ 87-89 ~ An excellent performance both technically and artistically

COMMENDED ~ 84-86 ~ A convincing performance both technically and artistically

MERIT ~ 81-83 ~ A capable performance showing some artist appreciation and/or technical ability

MODERATE ~ 78-80 ~ A performance showing development of technique and/or communication

FAIR ~ 75-77 ~ A performance limited in its communication


These will be allocated to the entrant gaining the highest mark in each section of the Festival. If the case of a tie, the section adjudicator will be asked to recommend an overall winner.

CHARLES CHUTE CUP Band, Ensemble & Orchestra
ROGER MORRIS CUP Speech and Drama
WOODWIND AWARD Woodwind, Brass, Recorders
BOROUGH OF BASINGSTOKE CUP is awarded to the highest number of Outstanding Certificates gained by any adult competitor in Music, Drama or Creative Writing classes. The recipient must reside or work in the Borough of Basingstoke.

The Overall Awards will be presented during the
Gala Performance and Award Ceremony at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke
at 2.00pm on Sunday 28th April 2019.

Other trophies and awards are listed in the Schedule of Classes.
Responsibility for the engraving and safe-keeping of trophies rests with the winners or their parents. All trophies remain the property of the Festival and must be returned to the appropriate Section Secretary by the designated date.


The Gaiger Trust was established in 1998 with funds raised during Brian Gaiger’s Mayoral Year. The aim of the Trust is to encourage and assist the development of young people from the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane in the Performing Arts.

A financial scholarship is to be awarded by the Gaiger Trust in 2019 to an entrant of the Music Performance or Speech and Drama sections of the 2019 Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival who:

  • is aged 18 years or under at the time of their performance in the Festival
  • has not previously been awarded a Gaiger Scholarship
  • achieved 87 marks or more in a solo class
  • lives within the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
  • in the opinion of the judging panel, presents the most compelling case for making the best  use of a financial award of at least £200 to further their development in the Performing Arts

To apply for the Scholarship, please send a copy of the mark-sheet from your qualifying 2019 Festival performance and provide a brief outline of your relevant progress, experience and achievements so far, plus your plans for the future and an account of how you would benefit if awarded the Scholarship. 

Applications will be assessed by a panel of Trustees and professional performers.

The closing date for applications is 21st April 2019. Remember to include your date of birth and home address, and send your application to:

Mrs. Eleanor Burt, 22 Northfield Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0DR.

For further information please contact Eleanor Burt:  Telephone  01256 882309.