Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The silver lining of the COVID-19 cancellation of 2020 Festival

We know that the performers, teachers and parents were disappointed that we have had to cancel the last weekend of the Festival.  As organisers, we feel this pain too.   Like the performers, a lot of work has gone into preparing for it. 

We continually strive to make the event a worthwhile learning environment for the performers that from our end really starts when they enter the building and finishes when they leave, hopefully buoyed up and with the confidence that comes from performing in public.  We encourage all of our volunteers to establish this atmosphere.  The adjudicators too.  This year it seems that we mostly got it right.

We don't often get much feedback, but this year is different.  We have received more emails than normal due to the regular communications about the developing COVID-19 issue.

Personally, I have been really touched by the very positive feedback we have been getting about the value of the Festival, the atmosphere on the days and the obvious disappointment of loss.

Many of the volunteers/committee give up our time either because we just love Music and Drama, and/or as payback for what previous Festivals have done for us or our families.  It is so nice to know that there is another generation that feel the same way we do, and one that may field the successors to the current organising team.

If you are reading this and already feel you can start to help now, you will be welcomed on board.  The more the merrier in these times.  We could do with spreading the roles a little wider and providing more resilience.

Here's to next year then.

Very touched
Derek

Monday, 9 September 2019

2020 Syllabus now available

The 2020 Syllabus has now been published.

It is available on the website at hcfmsd.co.uk/Syllabus.html as a PDF file.  Hard copies are at Music House in Harrogate and are being distributed to local Libraries in the Harrogate area.

Monday, 24 June 2019

2020 Syllabus

We are now preparing the syllabus for the March 2020 Festival.

Feel free to post comments on our Facebook page - www.fb.com/hcfmsd

The main website HCFMSD.CO.UK will be updated in late August.

Kind regards
Derek

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Syllabus Correction: Chamber Classes CM2 and CM3

The syllabus had incorrectly stated minimum number of performers.  It should be 3, not 5.  The online copy of the syllabus and the entry system have been amended.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Accompanist Fees Revisited and Reduced

The Festival Committee has agreed to reduce the charges for Accompanists for 2019.

The current three tier charging structure of £4, £7 and £10 (according to age/grade) will be reduced to two tiers of £3 and £5.

It will be a few days before these reductions are applied to the online entry system.

Anyone who has paid the higher prices will receive a refund in due course.

Friday, 7 September 2018

The 2019 Syllabus is now available on the website

We now have a final syllabus.  It has been published on hcfmsd.co.uk on the Syllabus page.  Please feel free to download a copy today.  It is at the printers and some time next week copies will be available at the Music House in Harrogate and will start to be distributed to local libraries.

We hope to see you over the three weekends starting on Friday 1st March 2019.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The 2019 Syllabus is nearly ready.

Keep your eyes open.  We are nearly final on the Syllabus for the 2019 Festival.

The Syllabus will be available first on the web page at hcfmsd.co.uk/Syllabus.html

At the same time it will be sent to anyone who entered last year.

It will be a week or so before a printed version is available at Music House in Harrogate.

Derek

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