Bring Back Music Groups

During these strange times, Covid has impacted us in many unforeseen ways. We care about the amateur singing groups we are part of, sing with, teach, adjudicate, and support throughout the year. Below is a little video and some tips on how you can get involved to help ‘bring back music groups’, a worthy venture in putting pressure on the government to take amateur musicians as seriously, as professionals.

The UK government has now issued guidance on reopening the performing arts.

The guidance prohibits amateur groups or groups with amateur participants – unlike professionals – to play or sing together, except in the numbers of people currently allowed to meet in public.

It goes further to say that singing and playing wind and brass instruments isn’t even allowed in those numbers.

The guidance (England only) will only be reviewed when the results of just commissioned research into droplet and aerosol transmission of Covid-19 are available. The devolved administrations are expected to issue similar guidance shortly (Wales: this week, Scotland: next two weeks, NI: n/a).

This is disappointing, as many of us were looking forward to meeting again, even with strict risk management measures, and were already hard at work creating a new normal, just as pubs, hairdressers and gyms are doing.

It is also surprising that there is no explanation why amateurs are being treated differently to professionals in this guidance.

See more about how you can help here.

Online Entries open in March, for 2020 Festival

If you are entering our 2020 Festival, you will be able to select your classes from our online system from week commencing the 16th March.

All classes will be live, for all Festival sections, and it is much easier to enter online. You can access the system here.

You should have received a copy of our syllabus by now, but if you haven’t, you can find a copy here. The closing date is not until September 30th, so there is plenty of time to enter.


New home and new dance classes reports Swindon Advertiser

Bel Canto Choir at RWB Arts Festival

We are delighted to have caught the attention of the Swindon Advertiser again:

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is marking its 15th year with a new home and with a brand new set of classes for dancers.

For many years the event has attracted hundreds of entries from all over the area for its music, speech and drama categories.

And this year they will be heading for The Deanery in Wichelstowe.

Read the rest of the article here.

Change of Venue for 2020!


2020 will be another momentous year for RWB Arts Festival. Our new combined Festival will see Music and Classical Guitar sharing the same weekend at last, we are moving to a new amazing venue and we will be launching a new Dance Section too!

All Music will now take place over one weekend. For many years most of Music took place in the summer with Classical Guitar in the autumn. But from 2020 onwards, all of our music classes will be on the same musical weekend.

This year RWB Arts Festival will move venue to The Deanery in Wichelstowe, just 5 miles and a 10 minute drive from Royal Wootton Bassett. We have enjoyed many years at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy but, in order to secure our venue for the future, we have decided to make this move. If you would like to find out more about this wonderful venue follow this link: The Deanery CE Academy.

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Following the successful launch of the Musical Theatre classes in 2019, we are now launching a new Dance Section in 2020. There are new classes in Ballet, Song and Dance, Tap, Modern, Character and much more; plus, you can enter a solo, duo, trio/quartet or group.

So, whether you are new to the Festival or have been coming back year after year we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November and hope you enjoy sharing your performances with us and trying out the new Dance classes.

The Festival Syllabus is available to download here.

I look forward to meeting you at the Festival,

Mrs. Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival


RWB Arts Festival Highlights Concert and Syllabus Launch

You are cordially invited to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival Highlights Concert and Syllabus Launch on Friday 7th February 2020, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The RWB Arts Festival will be celebrating the talent of the performers at the Festival last autumn with performances including Piano, Acting, Choral, Verse Speaking and much more. This is a special awards evening where we will be joined by the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett.

The RWB Arts Festival Committee would be delighted to have the pleasure of your company on the evening. We truly value all the teachers and organisations that enter our Festival so admission is free of charge.

Please do join us for a very entertaining evening, a chance to catch up with other local arts enthusiasts and to pick up your copy of the syllabus for the coming year.


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