Festivals aim to encourage young (and not so young) people to develop their talent and provide a forum for them to perform and receive feedback and adjudication from an experienced adjudicator. In the course of such festivals those taking part learn a great deal about performing, competing, succeeding, losing and acquiring skills that help them in all areas of their lives. Furthermore, in learning to perform or to acquire a musical skill they provide a great deal of pleasure to other people.
The Chester Competitive Festival is a registered charity, run by a committee of volunteers. There are music sections – vocal, piano, instrumental, choirs and bands – plus a small section for composition. Each section is divided into subsections consisting of competitive classes, some of them open to all comers, others limited by age, by grade or level of performance, or by type of performance (e.g. piano duet, school choir etc.)
Decibellas performed in 2012, winning their section and being awarded The Stamford Cup as well as the The Oriana Cup for highest marks overall and we'll be performing again this year!
It runs all day with a small fee for entry and is a great way to experience some amazing young musical talent and support a charity promoting the performing arts.