UPDATE: Unfortunately we have now had to cancel these workshops but hope to host some more in 2022.
BMAF are hosting our first ever workshops. Please come along and join us!
These workshops will be run by experienced actor, writer, director and adjudicator Peter Drayson who has worked in the industry for many years. Amongst other things Peter has worked on West End Musicals and with Disney, he is also a regular adjudicator for the BMAF Speech & Drama section.
These workshops offer children (8-16 years) the opportunity to learn from a true professional and gain extra insight in to the exciting world of theatre and performing arts.
Each workshop will be 2 hours long and include warm up activities, games, working on well knows scripts / songs and a chance to ask Peter any questions you might have.
Workshops will be held at Queen Mary’s College, Cliddesden Road, RG21 3HF on Sunday 3rd October
Musical theatre 2-4pm – Tickets £20
Drama 4.30-6.30pm – Tickets £20
Tickets can be purchased via Eventbright www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/171858903607 for Musical Theatre or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/171884911397 for Drama.
If you would like any further information about our workshops please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To see all the winners, runners up and recipients of special awards at this year’s Creative Writing Awards Ceremony broadcast earlier this afternoon (Sunday 21st March) on HHBCR _ Basingstoke Community radio, please click HERE
Listen to the 2021 BMAF Creative Writing Awards ceremony NOW!
Missed the 21st March broadcast of the 2021 Creative Writing Awards Ceremony? Or would you simply like to ‘Listen Again’?
The City Homeless Man – 3rd in Class Creative Writing CW11 – Poetry (Years 7 to 13). Author John Holden was also awarded the Margaret Garland Cup in the BMAF Speech and Drama section SP/D28- John Holden- The City Homeless Man
Performers will be emailed a secure Zoom link to their event. This link must not be shared with anyone else or on social media. If you would like someone outside your household to attend, or to watch another section, please email email@example.com with your / your guest’s Zoom name and email address and we will add you to the list of invited guests and send the link directly.
All videos are to be submitted via an UNLISTED YouTube link (see guidance below). Once the video is uploaded the link must be emailed to the relevant section secretary by midnight Wednesday 17th February 2021 OR added to your entry form on Run My Festival (To do this; click entry form from menu at top of your screen, select the pencil on the left hand side of the entry you want to edit, then enter the video link where requested)
An unlisted video is completely private and cannot be searched or viewed by anyone without the link. It will not be visible in a search and the link will not be shared with anyone other than the section secretary, video compiler and the adjudicator.
To do this you will need a YouTube account. If you do not have a YouTube account you can set one up by creating a Google / Gmail account. This will allow access to YouTube. You can set up one easily by visiting the google home page and selecting the option to create an account in the top right corner.
Once you have a Gmail account you will also now automatically have a YouTube account attached to it. Visit youtube.com and sign in with your gmail account details.
Go to the icon of a camera with a plus symbol
Select ‘Upload Video’
You will be guided through the steps to create your YouTube channel
At the end of this process you will be prompted to upload your video
Select your video file and upload it labelling it with the class number, entrant’s name and Performance details (Please use the following format: W17 – Jane Doe – Pied Piper Gordon Jacob) and click ‘Next’
Do not add anything in Video Elements, click ‘next’
Visibility – Select ‘UNLISTED’ this means that your video is completely private and cannot be searched or viewed by anyone without the link. It will not be visible in a search and the link will not be shared with anyone other than the section secretary, video compiler and the adjudicator.
Click Save – The link to your video will then be displayed.
Email the link to your Section Secretary quoting your class number and entrant’s name alongside a PDF of the music performed for the Adjudicator.
You video submission is complete
When uploading your video entries to YouTube, please do not set them as ‘made for kids’ or we cannot add them to our class playlists. Thank you.
On the Festival day
All classes will be adjudicated via Zoom on their advertised festival weekend.
A timetable will be sent out in advance of the festival day informing you of when your class will be adjudicated. This email will also contain the link to the Zoom meeting.
Performances will be streamed via Zoom to enable all entrants to view their class as they would usually do at a live festival.
The adjudication feedback will then take place immediately after the performances and winners will be announced.
The adjudications will be interactive and adjudicators may wish to speak to performers individually as they would at a live festival, so please be ready to unmute!
All Trophies can be collected by the winners by arrangement with the section secretaries
Tickets and programmes will be available on request to entrants and users who register with the festival who wish to view other classes. Details to follow.
Guidelines and tips for recording and submitting your video
All videos are to be submitted via an UNLISTED YouTube link (see guidance below). Once the video is uploaded the link must be emailed to the relevant section secretary by midnight Wednesday 17th February 2021
Choose a quiet space without background noises or disruptions.
Performances can be unaccompanied or backing tracks used if you are not able to meet with an accompanist for your recording.
Set up your camera / phone in on a tripod or prop it on a stand so it is steady (Please note: You do not need professional recording equipment, a good quality mobile phone video will be just fine).
Performance videos should be filmed in landscape format showing as much of your upper body, your hands and your instrument (if applicable) as you can. Pianists and harpists please show your feet too if possible ……. But don’t go too far away. We won’t be able to see you if you are a tiny dot in the corner of a large room!
Aim to film with any windows or light sources in front of you rather than behind you
Sound levels: It is a good idea to do a quick test recording and make sure the sound is clear (try not to get too close to the camera / microphone or the sound may be distorted) Check the balance is correct between the accompaniment and soloist if relevant too.
Make a maximum of 3 recordings and pick your best. Don’t get stuck in a frustrating loop of recording, aiming for perfection. Live performances are rarely perfect so don’t worry, this approach will also more closely emulate a live festival.
Videos must not be edited or enhanced in any way apart from cropping at the beginning and end, or editing to add additional participants. Sound quality cannot be edited.
Perform to the camera as if it was your audience. Introduce yourself and tell us what you will be performing.
Take a bow at the end. We might not be watching live but we will be later and it’s a great way to finish your performance.
Finally, ENJOY your performance. We are really looking forward to watching your videos!
Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival 2021 will now be an online event. As a committee we feel this format offers our entrants certainty of how the event will be held whilst ensuring no performers or volunteers are placed at risk. Video performances and copies of music should be submitted in advance and an interactive adjudication will then take place live across our three festival weekends via zoom. We hope that this format will still retain much of the magic of a live festival.
Creative Writing will have their Awards Ceremony broadcast on Sunday 21st March from 2-4pm on Basingstoke Community Radio. Please contact Creative Writing Section Secretary Tony Corbin on 07801 166223 or at BMAFCW@kempshott.plus.com for further details on how to listen live on the day.
Please check our Entry Page for further information.
Look at the index for ‘Collezione’ and you might well ask yourself ‘What do the NHS, The Seven Deadly Sins, Cheese, A Bomb, Trick or Treat, Dementia and Kirstie Allsopp all have in common? The answer is that all (and so many more) are explored within the widely and wildly varied topics of Tony Corbin’s latest published poetry and prose musings.
The book has a distinctly local flavour too. Subjects covered include Whitchurch Silk Mill, the River Test, The Wayfarers Walk, London Street, The Place to be Proud of awards, Basing Trail, Destination Basingstoke and the Bard of Basingstoke. There’s even a ‘talk’ surfacing the unique difficulties of cultivating a garden on the local chalk!
To contrast with the local focus, the book offers a great opportunity in these Covid constrained times for the reader to ‘armchair travel’. Travelogue extracts in the book cover Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Argentina and Canada.
You will find the content itself, irrespective of subject, ranges from the pithy through parodies to the profound. The advice is to simply ride the ‘Collezione’ journey and let the content entertain, inspire or enthral you.
The book is special in other ways too. £1 from every sale is destined to go to the local area ‘Inspero Community Hubs’. These ‘hubs’ provide valuable support to those who have ‘fallen on hard-times’. An excellent ‘stocking-filler or birthday gift, ‘Collezione’ is available now for order on Amazon UK either as an e-book (at £4) or as a paperback for £6.50. For more information you can call Tony on 07801 166223 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally… a reminder from Tony that the 2021 BMAF Creative Writing Competition entry deadline is now only a matter of weeks away… namely Monday 14th December.
The 2020 BMAF Creative Writing winning play script was broadcast on Basingstoke Community Radio on 29th September. There were plenty of listeners too based on all the complimentary feedback received by BMAF, the Radio Station and Silchester Players Theatre Company, whose members performed the one-act play.
Our thanks to Silchester Players (performers/producers), HH BCR (as providers of the broadcast medium) and to Ann Stonehouse, our winning author, for adapting her winning BMAF 2020 Play Script for radio.