Should you wish to get involved in the running of the festival, the following are ways to do this:


The best way to volunteer is to turn up at the festival and talk to a steward manning the information desk. You can be directed to the right person to discuss the opportunities available and any preferences you have, and can leave your contact details.


Running the festival is an expensive business. Expenditure is typically in excess of £7000. We are grateful, therefore, for the support of a number of festival patrons who keep the festival alive through their donations.

Help the festival financially with a donation of £10 or more.

For donations by cheque or other means contact the treasurer here.

Or you can make a secure online payment using


Advertise your business or organisation in the festival programme.

Sponsor a class at the festival by funding a trophy and, optionally, a cash prize.

Music or drama teachers – have your details listed for the area of your business.

For details contact:





As chair of the festival, I am very proud to report that this years’ festival exceeded all expectations both in the number of entries and the venues. We had decided to try a new venue for our Music Festival and so it was with a little trepidation that we arranged for it to take place at Clayton Hall Academy. We need not have been worried as the help we had from those at the Academy was beyond their call of duty. They could not do enough for us. They even ordered a beautiful sunny day.

Newcastle College was again the venue for the Speech and Drama competitions. They have always helped to create a super environment for our youngsters and this year was no exception.

Venues in the Borough, that can supply our room needs, are difficult to find, but this year we were provided with both.  As we also wanted to introduce a new class for Adult choirs it was necessary to have a venue with a large hall. The Saturday afternoon choir class at Clayton ended the Festival on a very high note, with the Adjudicator  remarking  “that it was the best choirs class that he had heard in a very long time.”

The Festival is organised completely by volunteers. We have an executive committee who meet through out the year to plan the festival and also volunteers who work on the days of the festival itself. I thank them all for their continued support. BUT as with all activities of this kind we are always looking for people who would like to share their interest in the arts and we would be delighted to welcome them on board.

I believe that the Festival is an event that we should shout about in the area, HOWEVER we cannot continue to arrange it without some new extra help for 2018.

We need financial help- can you sponsor us? Or become a patron with a small donation?

Do you have computer skills that you can share with us in order to produce our syllabus and programme?

Do you have a secret desire to help with secretarial work? Do you like dealing with money? (Not your own)  Can you help with our accounts?

Do you enjoy being part of a group who feel the GOOSE BUMPS up your spine when you hear a spine chilling performance.

If so I would love to hear from you.

Please contact me if you can help us or need to know more.

Carol Reddish

Tel 01782 613265