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 2021 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.


In the early sixties Hilda Price, Principal of the Summerbrook School of Music in Basingstoke, decided to start a music festival for her pupils. This became so successful that in 1963 its scope was widened, and the Basingstoke Music Festival was formed. The objectives were then as now to provide a platform where competitors can appear before an audience and receive a critique enabling them to improve their performance. It was competitive and marks and trophies were awarded. The first Music Festival which was open to all took place in the Community Centre which is now the Carnival Hall from 9-14 November 1964. It included Dancing, Piano, Elocution, vocal and choral. The President was Wilfred Greenhouse, then Principal of Trinity College, Chairman was Alderman F.C. Townsend, Miss Price was Secretary and there was a Committee of 14. One of the Adjudicators was Keith Stent who adjudicated again for our 40th Anniversary in 2004.

John Greenwood was elected a Borough Councillor in 1968 and was appointed to represent the Council in the Festival Committee. He became Chairman in 1970. During the early years the whole Festival took place over one weekend covering piano, singing, brass, woodwind, strings and dance. There was also a section including one act plays. This has disappeared now, but we have replaced it with a Creative Writing Section which includes play writing.

Archivist – Angela Hurley

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 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: jeanfilkin@hotmail.co.uk     Telephone 01256 851044