Thank you to all who participated in our 2021 festival

Our 2022 Syllabus is now available online! 


A Letter From Our Chair

Welcome to the 2022 Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival!

It cannot be denied that this has been another challenging year for everyone, but one in which we have all learned to adapt. 

2021 was a huge success as we saw our very first online festival which attracted entries of all ages and abilities from across the nation, all performing via video. We are proud to have been able offer this performance platform and outlet for creativity along with an opportunity for advancement and education in the arts fulfilling the vision of BMAF. 

I would like to thank all of our volunteer committee members for making this possible through their unerring support and research into the form the festival could follow, technical support and hours of preparation turning our dreams in to reality.

This year we aim to return to our traditional format and host a face-to-face festival (restrictions allowing!) We have some exciting new classes to consider, so please, grab a cup of tea and have look at what we have on offer.

We look forward to a successful 2022 festival. See you there! 

Mrs. Sam Gill

Hon. Chairperson

2022 Syllabus available NOW!

Adam Yarnton (St. Marks CoE Primary) with his trophy from the 2020 Creative Writing section

About Us

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 2022 Festival. Our website: www.basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk. 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: www.basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk 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: https://www.facebook.com/Basingstokemusicandartsfestival

Our committee invites sponsors to advertise in our 2022 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 500-600 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: jeanfilkin@hotmail.co.uk     Telephone 01256 851044  



Marilyn Wright

Vice Presidents

Mrs. Elizabeth George Mrs. Mary Vine

Mrs. Sue Morris Mrs. Iris Rodges

Mrs. Margaret Garland Mrs. Wendy Harding

Former Presidents


Mrs. Angela Hurley Mr Paul Holmes

Chairperson Sam Gill
Treasurer Sarah Crowdy
Secretary   Jean Filkin
Web Design, Syllabus and Programme   Eloise Gill & Sarah Crowdy
Publicity and Marketing Officers Angie Holmes, Eloise Gill & Afton Aitkenhead
Supply Manager: Awards, Cups, Trophies and Stationery  Miriam Benkova
Sponsorship Miriam Benkova
Health and Safety Steve Barlin
Safeguarding Officer Steve Barlin
Council Representatives Cllrs. Andrew McCormick and Angie Freeman
Festival Archivist Angela Hurley
General Officers Ian Holmes

 Festival Committee

Section Secretaries

Band, Choir, Ensembles & Orchestra Nicky Raimbaux
Brass Nicky Raimbaux
Creative Writing Amy Underdown & Anne Boyere
Piano Hannah Lindsey-Clark
Singing Rebecca Cooch
Speech & Drama Angie Holmes & Afton Aitkenhead
Strings Jean Filkin
Woodwind & Recorder Sam Gill

Awards and Bursaries


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


From 2022 each section with have 2 overall awards with the first cup being awarded for the Highest Mark achieved across the weekend of competition.  The second award will be the ‘Adjudicators choice’ and this would usually be presented to an entrant who has consistently performed well across a number of classes in the section or who shows the greatest potential.

All awards are given at the adjudicators discretion and correspondence will not be entered into.



Highest Mark



Adjudicators Choice


Bands, Choirs, and Ensembles

Charles Chute Cup

Hogan Music Award



Steadman Cup





Creative Writing

John Greenwood Memorial Trophy




Summerbrook Student Shield



James Lisney Award



Garth and Elizabeth George Cup

Ashley Rose Bowl

Speech and Drama


Roger Morris Cup


Basingstoke Theatre Trust Trophy



Phillip Brown Violins Award





Woodwind Award




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 27th March 2022.

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.


We are offering a bursary of £250 to a talented young person, aged between 10 years and 14 years, whose mark in the BMAF in 2022, is above 85. Applicants will need to live within the Borough of Basingstoke.

Applications should be made by letter, outlining your plans on how you intend to spend the money. (e.g. to upgrade your musical instrument, to pay for lessons with a top teacher, support you in a placement at a music, drama or writing summer school etc.)

Please tell us why you are passionate about your skill and why you, above others, should be the person to attract this financial reward. In the following year you will be asked to give evidence of how you have spent the money and how having that award has benefitted your progress.

Applications will be assessed by the Committee of The Arts Society Basingstoke and awarded thereafter.

The closing date for applications is May 1st 2022 and should be addressed to:

Chairman “Pastures”, Dummer Road, AXFORD, Hants, RG25 2EB