The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is a competitive arts festival for both children and adults that takes place annually. The Festival covers music, speech, drama, and musical theatre, and takes place in Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, England. We are affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) which is the umbrella body for performing arts festivals throughout the UK and beyond. The Adjudicators in the Music, and in the Speech and Drama sections of the Festival are appointed through BIFF.
In late November each year the Music Festival takes place which concentrates on six different styles: including various competitive classes in woodwind, brass, strings, vocal (choirs, songs from shows, modern pop songs, sacred songs and operetta), piano, ensemble and junior accompanist. There are also various musical genres to be enjoyed ranging from Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock, and Musical Theatre. The Music section of the Festival takes place in the Memorial Hall and St. Bartholomew and All Saints Church, both of which are in Royal Wootton Bassett.
Speech and Drama
Also in (mid) November each year, the other half of the Festival takes place: this involves speech and drama, and classical guitar. The Speech and Drama section takes place in the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy school, and covers solo acting, verse speaking, group acting, miming, prose recitation, and Shakespeare performances.
The festival culminates with a Highlights Concert, which will take place the February following the Festival and will showcase outstanding performers who are invited to return and perform their work with an audience of family, friends and local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett.
The festival first began in 2005 and initially concentrated on music and art only. Although it was intended to be a bi-annual event with the second festival taking place in 2007, numbers grew so significantly that, along with the ever popular classes for Speech and Drama, the festival is now run annually.
We are continuing to grow each year thanks to the wonderful support of all those who join us in sharing their creative talents!