2022 Festival – We have started planning for the 2022 Festival and will include details on this website when they are available.
We are now accepting entries for 2022 for all sections except Harp and Speech & Drama. Entry for these sections will be available soon.
Our 2021 online Festival was a great success with many outstanding performances. We will build on this success in 2022 with our return to mostly live competitions.
Music classes will be in the Free Church Hampstead Garden Suburb from Monday 14 March to Friday 1 April and from Friday 22 April to Saturday 14 May.
The closing date for Music applications will be Monday 28 February.
Harp classes will be in North Bank House, Muswell Hill on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May.
The closing date for Harp applications will be Friday 8 April.
Composition classes will be in the Free Church Hampstead Garden Suburb on Sunday 8 May.
The closing date for Composition applications will be Friday 15 April.
Speech and Drama will be in King Alfred Phoenix Theatre on Sunday 8 May.
The closing date for Speech and Drama applications will be Friday 8 April.
Choir competitions will continue to be online and the adjudication will be held at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 4 May.
The closing date for Choir applications will be Monday 28 February.
The North London Festival has a link with the Royal Orchestral Society – www.royalorchestralsociety.org.uk – which is celebrating its 150th anniversary season in 2022/2023. As part of that celebration, there will be a ‘Rising Talent’ evening in the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, at 6 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. This concert will feature performances with the orchestra by talented young and upcoming soloists and will be followed by a reception with the ROS’s Patron Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.
ROS will offer one or two of these performance opportunities to recent winners of the Festival’s elite competitions. You can still be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity by entering one of this year’s elite competitions.
Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition – we will not be running this competition in 2022
As, during 2021, few music festivals have been able to take place, we have decided not to run the Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition in 2022. Any pianists who would normally be nominated for the 2022 competition will instead be eligible to be nominated for the 2023 competition. If you are the secretary of a festival that usually nominates entrants for the Emanuel Competition and have any questions, please contact Janice Twiselton – email@example.com.
Entries to the North London Festival are accepted only from performers living or studying in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
Where entry to a competition depends on a person’s age, we use the age on the previous 1st September, so that all entrants in the same school year are in the same competition.
Our entry system, powered by Play and Perform, applies to all classes. Please click on the link below for how to apply and for hints on creating an effective video performance for online competitions. The first time you use the entry system, you will need to register. Entrants must also upload copies of the music.
2020 ONLINE COMPETITIONS
Please see the Speech and Drama page for details of the 2020 One Minute Monologue Competition.
Please see the harp page for details of the 2020 online Harp Competitions.
MEMORIES OF THE FESTIVAL
The festival started in November 1920 and Rosemary Cook has started writing a history of the Festival. She would be delighted to hear from anyone who has memories of the Festival and especially musicians who took part in the Festival as children.
The Members of the North London Festival participate in the Festival’s most important decisions and perform a crucial role in holding the Executive to account. The Festival is actively seeking new Members either to attend the AGM once a year and vote, or to contribute ideas, contacts, and active support. A modest annual subscription is payable. To request more information on Membership, or a Membership Application Form, or to discuss possible participation in other ways, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.