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 entered two classes in 2015 and won both! We will be competing again in 2016.