Magnificent venue for music and drama festival

The Music Room at Stowe House
The Music Room at Stowe House

BUCKINGHAM’S annual Festival Of Music And Drama is taking place today, Friday, tomorrow and Sunday – and this year there are more entrants than ever.

THE breathtaking Music Room at Stowe House is one of the three venues for Buckingham’s annual Festival Of Music And Drama, which takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Once again, local amateur actors and musicians of all ages have the chance to perform in front of a friendly local audience, enjoy watching the other participants and get feedback from professional adjudicators. The winner in each class gets a medal or cup, and this year there are more entrants than ever.

The competitive festival, now in its 39th year, kicks off at the Royal Latin School at 5pm on Friday with woodwind and brass classes.

It continues on Saturday with a wide range of speech and drama, singing, choral, piano, strings and percussion classes. and concludes on Sunday with the remainder of the piano classes.

As well as the Royal Latin School, classes on Saturday take place at the University of Buckingham buildings in Chandos Road and for the first time also in the magnificent State Music Room at Stowe.

The Buckingham Festival Of Music And Drama is run entirely by a committee of volunteers, headed by chairman Graham Holiday, owner of The Duke’s Music, and about 30 volunteer stewards.

For the first time this year, harp classes have been introduced, with harpist Jane Lister as orchestral strings adjudicator.

There is a ‘Speak Up’ class for budding Churchills, acoustic solo and band classes for would-be Bob Dylans and a composition class for budding Mozarts.

Buckingham mayor Mike Smith said: “Having worked at the festival as a steward for a number of years now, I can testify to the many benefits it offers participants of all ages. It is also hugely enjoyable to watch, and I would recommend anyone to pop along and join the audience.”

Tickets to the festival are available on the door at £3 for adults and £1 for children, giving entry to all the classes on all the days. Audience members are welcome to dip in and out and take the opportunity to listen to a really varied programme.

For more information visit www.buckinghamfestival.co.uk or call Graham Holiday on 01280 824357.