Help & Useful Info


Newcastle Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. However, items such as professional adjudicators and venue hire need to be paid for and entry fees only partly cover the costs. Please consider making a donation. Become a FRIEND for £15+ or Become a PATRON for £30+ Each time we print a new programme, we list the names of Friends and Patrons who have made donations during the previous 12 months. You will also be sent a free programme, giving you free admission to the next festival. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation...... please use the CONTACT US button to get touch with our treasurer.


President                                   Margaret Tebby

Vice-Presidents                         John Callister, Head of Entrust Music & Performing Arts

                                                  Barbara Kelly, Professor of Musicology at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

                                                  Mike Lloyd, Music Mania

                                                  Brian Rawlins

                                                  Ruth Steele, Joint Leader of the Stoke on Trent City Music Service





The festival is an opportunity for amateur competitors of all ages to perform in public and receive advice from experienced professional adjudicators.  For some, the festival may be part of their preparation for examinations and perhaps a career, for others it is an extension of their absorbing interest in music-making and drama.


The festival is organised and staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm to continue the festival tradition.  It is great fun to be part of.  If you would like to find out more about the many volunteer roles available please speak to any of the volunteers on the festival weekends or make contact through the website




Where              Speech and Drama classes will be held at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane, ST5 2GB.  Music classes will be held at the Clayton Hall Academy, Clayton Road, ST5 3DN


When               The syllabus shows the most likely days and times on which classes will be held.  We will make every effort to keep to the scheduled sessions but heavy or conflicting entries may mean we have to make changes.  If this becomes necessary we will let competitors know as soon as possible.


                        To help us keep the schedules running to time competitors must keep to the time limits shown in the syllabus.  The adjudicator may ask competitors performing beyond the set time to stop.


Facilities          Rooms are provided for choirs, bands and ensembles to assemble for warm up and tuning.


Entries             Entries are being received on-line and it is expected that the vast majority of competitors will take advantage of the convenience of this method. Entries to the festival close on 25th January 2020.  Please ensure that payment is made with the entry.  Shortly afterwards all competitors should receive notification of receipt of entry confirming the time and location of classes.  This form will also admit the competitor (and accompanist where needed) to the competition rooms.


If you have not received this notification by  28/02/2019 please contact the Entries Co-ordinator on 01270 874157 or email


Audience          Audience admission to the festival is £3.00 per weekend for adults with free admission for children.  Programmes for the Music and Speech and Drama Sections are available at the Festival for £3.  These show all the classes and competitors, and can also be ordered through the on-line entry system or the entry form for £3.70.