The Festival

The object is not to defeat a rival, but to pace each other on the road to excellence
H. Walford Davies

The Festival is open to all singers from the age of 9 and its chief objective is to foster that branch of music-making which was ever one of David's loves - singing. He strongly maintained, as others have, that everybody has a musical instrument which can be developed - the voice - and much of his work was devoted to fostering the use of young voices whether as soloists or choralists. The competition still provides opportunities for young singers to perform songs of their own choice with a view to being helped and encouraged by experienced judges of singing, many of whom are teachers of singing in the country's leading musical institutions.

Since those early days, the Festival has grown considerably and enjoys a national reputation as a Festival of worth, quality and stature.

Singers may take part in both the Recital and Non-Recital categories. The Recital category has 3 age groups: Junior (13-15), Intermediate (16-18) and Open (19 and over). The Non-Recital category has 5 age groups. Detailed information about all Classes may be found here.
The climax of the Festival and Presentation of Awards is held in the presence of civic and musical dignitaries.
The Festival is sponsored and administered by The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir and is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals.

Venues for The Festival

Dore and Totley United Reformed Church, Totley Brook Road, Sheffield, S17 3QS
and
Kenwood Suite, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Sheffield, S7 1NQ

Handbook and Entry Form

2018 Festival Handbook
2018 Festival Entry Form