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“The friendly festival”

The Festival is affiliated to The British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty The Queen is patron
The Festival is a registered charity, number 284082
Presidents: Nigel Hess, Composer & Stephen Daldry CBE, Film & Stage Director
The Festival began in 1948 at Highbridge Town Hall. It has grown from an afternoon of performances to a large event held over 12 days in three different venues with over 2300 performances in Speech & Drama, Dance and Music. Performers are adjudicated by professional adjudicators, who are recognised by The Federation, and marks are awarded using nationally recognised standards.
We welcome performers of all ages and abilities to take part in a wide variety of classes; from tiny tots to octogenarians, everyone is encouraged to share their talents, whether they wish to recite a poem, act in a play, dance in any number of styles, play an instrument or sing, either as a soloist or with others.
Please explore our website to find out more about the different sections of The Festival. The Syllabus will give you an idea about the breadth of classes you can take part in. If you’re thinking of taking part in Highbridge Festival for the first time, then please read or download our Information Sheet. Do please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Festival, either as a performer or as a member of the audience, when we can assure you of a very entertaining time.

Presidents: Nigel Hess & Stephen Daldry CBE

Following a very successful week at The Princess Theatre in Burnham, where we saw many super performances in Speech, Drama and Dance, our 70th Festival has now moved to Highbridge Community Hall for the Music Section.

Instrumental classes and school choir performances are taking place from Monday 13 March until the evening of Thursday 16 March. Friday and Saturday, 17th & 18th March, sees the vocal classes for individuals, duets, trios and small groups. We will round off the Music Section at St John’s Church, Highbridge from 6pm on Saturday 18 March with performances by local adult choirs.

You are most welcome to join us as a member of the audience. Daily admission is £2 and souvenir programmes are available detailing the week’s performances. A Season Ticket, costing £10, entitles you to visit as often as you like over the six days of music.

Results are published daily on this website and also on Photographs taken during the Festival will be posted in our gallery in due course and can also be seen on and at .


For more detailed information regarding the Festival performance times, we suggest you buy a programme. These will be available from the first day of the Festival at The Princess Theatre.


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