held annually in the heart of West Yorkshire
Welcome to Holmfirth Musical Festivalís 76th Annual Competition.
The links on the right will take you to the 2023 syllabus.
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, although we are working on this - 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.
Payment of entry fees has traditionally been by cheque. We haven't arranged for online entries with payment via this website, but we are happy to take payments directly to our bank account (which we would prefer, although we will continue to take cheques). Please use the competitor's name as reference. The account details are:
Account: The Holmfirth Musical Festival Association, Bank: Co-operative Bank, Sort Code: 08-92-99, Account No: 67251274
CLASS 46 - Pop Ballad. This is open to young people over 14 and under 18 on October 1st 2023. There has been some comment that there are several songs in this category that have lyrics deemed by some to be inappropriate for an audience that might include younger children. If you wish to enter this class, please ensure that you choose a song which will not cause offence. There are many perfectly appropriate songs.
CLASSES 47, 48, 49 - Disney songs. In order to help reduce the workload for our accompanists, we are restricting the choice of songs to those from the Hal Leonard publication "Disney Songs for Singers" and as listed below. This comes in two versions - one for high voice (ISBN: 9780634081521), the other for low voice (ISBN: 9780634081538) - see images below to identify the copies. Each contains the same selection of Disney songs. The retail price of each volume is around £25 (which gives you 54 songs), but Hal Leonard also makes most of these available as single songs, at £4.75, so you don't need to buy the full volume if you know which song you want.
Note that Hal Leonard has published two editions - the original edition has 45 songs, but the revised edition has 54 songs. Confusingly, they have given both editions the same ISBN. This means that if you order one of these as a used book at a lower price (from e.g. Amazon, or abebooks), it is advertised as the revised edition, looking like the pictures below. However, what they deliver may in fact be the earlier edition, because books are identified by their ISBNs, not by their appearance.
Please choose from the following list - these songs are available in both the High Voice and Low voice editions, and they are also available in the High Voice version to buy individually online (digital download) at £4.75 each.
Choice of Piano Test Pieces
Following discussion with piano teachers, at our last Festival 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 recently, 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 2018. We shall add details of competitors etc. to the database started in 2018 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!
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
The downloads correspond to the most up-to-date
printed version of the syllabus (and do not include any
corrections detailed above)
For further information, please email:
amended 31 July 2023
The downloads below correspond to the most up-to-date
printed version of the syllabus (pub. 9 May 2023)