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

New Musical Theatre Classes Announced for 2019!

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This year, we will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. This is a chance to show off your voice skills, sing your heart out, and show us your dance moves! We can’t wait to see all of your entries and look forward to hearing some of the old classics and some of the newer ones!

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Good luck!



RWB Arts Festival: New for 2019!

A message from our Festival Chair, Miranda Shirnia:


Welcome to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. 2019 is a very important year for us. This year the Music Festival is moving to November to join with Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar producing one large combined festival.

The Music Festival has moved away from June and July to avoid the busy exam months of the summer and we hope this will mean more people will be free to share their performances with us.

Now that Music and Drama have come together it seemed the right time to introduce a NEW class at the Festival which combines the talents needed for both. As a result, this year will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

It is also a 10th Anniversary year for the Speech and Drama section of the Festival. To celebrate 10 years of Speech and Drama performances we have a number of special workshops and events planned for the Festival weekend.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Chair of the Music Section, Sarah Sumner. Sarah comes with a wealth of musical experience both in playing and also teaching too.

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, taking part in the workshops and trying out the new Musical Theatre classes.

I look forward to meeting you at the Festival,
Miranda Shirnia 

Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

Volunteer Recognition Day

Today is Volunteer Recognition Day. Our Festival is run purely by volunteers, and it would not be able to take place each year without all the efforts of each and every one. Our many Committee members, helpers, and supporters make our Festival a joy each year for the many children who compete and the many parents who chart their childrens’ blossoming talents, whether that is in the Music Festival or the Speech and Drama one.

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Our volunteers take on many roles: from cleaning tables, arranging chairs, processing entry forms, contacting adjudicators, baking cakes, sweeping up, running Facebook pages, devising every class syllabi, writing minutes, liaising with community members and press, establishing safeguarding processes, improving best practice, as well as maintaining our own commitment of time, professionalism, and enthusiasm for our ever growing Festival. Each and every gift of time and action is valued, and it is often the smallest of jobs which make the biggest difference.

So a big and sincere thank you to all of our volunteers at RWB Arts Festival, whatever your role. Thank you.


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