Merry Christmas!

This year has been unexpected, we may even say ‘unprecedented’, for the arts at large. We have all had our individual and professional struggles, but we here at RWB Arts Festival have all enjoyed seeing how you, both parents and talented students, have striven to overcome the many challenges thrown at you. So this message is merely to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

We know it may be different and frustrating this year, but we hope that there are small joys and private successes you can celebrate and enjoy. Who doesn’t enjoy a roast potato or two! We are certainly optimistic about the upcoming year, and we encourage you to join us in that optimism.

This year we have achieved many things we haven’t yet fully understood, and, no doubt, there are many successes ahead of us we have yet to comprehend. So, despite the sense of uncertainty surrounding us all, we hope that you are able to either see or send your love out to those who most need it and those who are most important to you.

We know you will use all your creativity in doing so! We hope that next year, you will be able to share more of your arty, musical and dramatic sparkle with us.

In the meantime, 


From all of us at

RWB Arts Festival!

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.


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.


Musical Theatre Classes Explained

Musical Theatre is a new section in our Festival, and has been designed to support the growing development of (what is commonly referred to as) the ‘triple threat’ performer. Musical Theatre’s tripartite approach includes drama, song, and movement.

When designing your entry for the MT classes, you should consider this ‘triple threat’ as your guiding light. You will be expected to demonstrate your talents in all three areas.

Performers should devise a spoken scene that establishes the character’s setting, mood and situation, and of course, it should be appropriate to the musical’s storyline. Your devised scene then typically leads into the song – which should also be in keeping with the devised scene. Movement of course, is integral throughout.

Any questions of course, please contact us on

Good luck!

Entry Deadline Looming!

Don’t forget! The closing date for entries is now just over 2 weeks away.

You have until the 30th September to get your entries in for RWB Arts Festival.

Are you an actor, a guitarist, a singer, a musical theatre performer? Then get signed up to one of our classes! You can register on our new LIVE on-line system here, or you can download an entry form and manually write and submit to us via post. See here for the S&D form, or here for the Music forms (including Musical Theatre).

Good luck! Any questions, do contact us!

All at the RWB Arts Festival team.

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New online entries system launch TODAY!

Behind the scenes, there has been much activity going on to launch a new on-line entry system. We are keen to make our Festival a smoother, more modern enterprise, and to make entries much easier for all our participants.

The software we are using is called RunMyFestival and those of you who regularly attend Festivals may well be familiar with it already.

So, we are delighted to now report that we have gone LIVE today!

Access it here!

You can pay by BACS or cheque and you will find all the details on our site.


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We hope these changes are helpful in streamlining your Festival experience. However, if you prefer, you can print the manual entry forms here and enter by posting us your forms:

RWB Arts Festival Music Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival Musical Theatre Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival S&D Entry Form 2019

Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you find these changes make your experience of RWB Arts Festival even better.

Congratulations also to the team of RWBAF volunteers who have put in hours of work to make this happen. We’d be lost without you!

Mayor Making 2019

We were delighted to have our drama teacher committee member Rhian Vaughan represent the RWB Arts Festival at the recent Mayor Making ceremony in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The ceremony was a wonderful way to welcome in the new mayor Steve Watts! We wish him all the best during his time in office and look forward to having his support for our Festival this year.

Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett
Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett

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Keeping you up-to-date!

You may be interested to know that the MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS MOVED from the summer to November this year. We wanted to move away from the busy exam season to make it easier for our performers to take part. Music and Drama will now take place over the following two weekends: 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th November.

Plus we have introduced a NEW MUSICAL THEATRE section with solo, duet and group classes for those who love to sing songs from FILMS and SHOWS.

There will also be a new ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM this year which should make entering the Festival easier for all.

If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the Syllabus feel free to ask. And, in accordance with GDPR regulations, if you would like to be removed from the mailing list just let us know.

Best wishes and we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November.

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

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