Hundreds of promising and aspiring musicians and singers will again showcase their talents as the 110th edition of the Swindon Music Festival will kick off within the week. The music festival which runs until Saturday will be first held at the Christ Church in Old Town before moving to the Arts Centre in Devizes Road. For as low as €2, music fans can enjoy witnessing local talents performing in different categories such as vocal solos, groups, duets, choir, guitar, keyboard, church organ, and many other categories.
Matilda Wilde who was the Supreme Champion last year is one of the many talents that had benefited from the festival. She also won the junior vocal championship four years ago. She was also seen performing in the Wyvern Theatre stage early of this year as a part of the Swindon Recital Series.
The Music Festival started in the year 1909 and was created by R G Cripps. Mr. Crips wanted to start a festival in his local hometown after witnessing and enjoying the Eistedfodd. The Swindon Music Festival is connected and affiliated by the British and International Federation of Festivals.
This year’s event will be judged by Gary Steiling, a famous pianist, organist, and harpsichord player and teacher. The other adjudicators include opera singer Yvonee Patrict and pianist Caroline Clemmow. Swindon’s very own concert pianist Paul Turner is the accompanist of the music festival.
Geoff Waters, the current chairman of the music festival stressed that it is a privilege to be living in Swindon as the local can benefit to witness quality music and performance that was established through the years. He also thanked the teachers who helped in developing and encouraging the local talents in the area.
For more information about the event, you may visit swindonmusicfestival.co.uk.