held annually in the heart of West Yorkshire


Welcome to Holmfirth Musical Festivalís 74th Annual Competition.

CLASS 21 - Solo Singing for Girls, under 18.  The list referred to is LIST C, GRADE 7, 2018 onwards ABRSM exam syllabus.  The published link is correct.

CLASS 29, Operatic solo, and CLASS 30, Oratorio solo. 
Test piece: Own Choice, not to exceed 6 minutes (raised from 5 minutes).  We recommend you to choose a test around 4 to 5 minutes long, but following comments made, we will allow a maximum time of 6 minutes. Please note that own choice test pieces will be timed (starting from the beginning of the piano introduction, or the beginning of your spoken introduction if you choose to say something about the context of your choice).

Details of the test pieces and classes can be downloaded from the links on the right of this page.  If you would like to enter, please download also an entry form.  (Entry is not yet available online - you need to send in a paper entry form). The details are in Adobe pdf format, which most browsers can read.  If your computer is unable to download them, you may need to install Adobe Reader .  The entry form is also available in Microsoft Word format so you can edit that on your computer if you wish.

Following discussion with piano teachers, last year we gave competitors more choice in test pieces - there are very few classes now with specific prescribed testpieces.  Instead, competitors can choose from a range of pieces.   We hope that this will encourage more to enter, but we would welcome feedback about this.   Feedback indicated that this was a successful move, so we have widened this to include all the classes.  Please note that we have changed some of the collections - they are not all the same as last year.  Also, please note that although some of these are collections published by ABRSM, they are not necessarily the ABRSM exam list - check the details carefully.

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force last year, and we have published our Data Protection Policy (included in the syllabus, and available in the Policies document via the links on the right).  In particular, we have deleted all personal data we have accumulated from entry forms before last year.  We shall add details of competitors etc. to the database started last year from entry forms submitted this year that include a consent signature.  Please note that we will not be able to process entries for which no consent is given - consent is a condition of entry!

Please note that there are reduced entry fees for multiple entries by one competitor (see page 5).  
We hope to have an increased number of entries in the childrenís instrumental classes (classes 1, 2 and 3) and if so, we intend to subdivide these classes into woodwind, brass and strings (see page 9).
The  childrenís  choirs  class  (page  15)  has  in recent years become very popular.  We are of course pleased with this, but also somewhat embarrassed because the Civic Hall can barely accommodate all the singers and their audience.  We have investigated the possibility of moving this class to a larger venue, but this is not possible.  Accordingly, for Health and Safety reasons, we have decided to limit the number of singers per choir to 40.  Furthermore, entries will be accepted in order of receipt of applications, up to the available seating capacity for competitors. We hope that choirs will understand the reason for these measures.
If you are a trophy holder from the 2018 Festival, we would appreciate its return as you agreed, in the clean condition you received it, by August 31st 2019.  In recent years it has been an onerous task for our volunteers to prepare the trophies because of the amount of chasing needed.
We would also appreciate your cooperation in filling in the entry form.  The forms are split up into classes on receipt, and again it takes our volunteers extra time to search for information required to compile the programme when items have been omitted from the form.  Please check that you have included all the items requested for the class you are entering, on each form.
Music can be obtained from Hot Banana Music (7 Norridge Bottom, Holmfirth, tel. 01484 767535), or online from musicroom.com or your favourite music shop.

Note that the Rotary trophy competition is open to young people who reside in the Holmfirth area (defined as being within 7 miles radius of Holmfirth centre), and carries a £250 prize. It is also open to competitors who have supported the Festival in the past, but who live outside the geographical limit (see the syllabus for full details).  Apart from this class, and the choirs classes, none of the other classes carries a monetary prize.

The downloads below correspond to the most up-to-date printed version of the syllabus (and do not include the corrections detailed above)

For further information, please email:


 amended 27 July 2019




The downloads below correspond to the most up-to-date printed version of the syllabus (pub. 4 April 2019)

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