Speech and Drama, and Musical Theatre Chairman’s Welcome

A very warm welcome to you all.  After a difficult and challenging 2020 we hope we will be able to roll again and rise like a phoenix with our 2021 Festival, unscathed! The past several months have been an extremely testing time in so many ways, for families, children and students in particular, so we hope the festival experience will bring fresh stimulation and interest to all who enjoy sharing their talents in the performing arts.

We are delighted to welcome for the first time this year two new Adjudicators to RWBAF – Marcia Carr and Chevalier Jeffrey du Cann Grenfell-Hill. Marcia is a diverse performer and a lady of many talents in the world of music, dance and drama, and has worked all over the world as an Examiner and Adjudicator. She is also Deputy Chief Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Jeffrey is also an accomplished examiner of many years for LAMDA, and has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad. He is also an author of esteem, having published poetry and plays, and his monologues frequently appear in the LAMDA examination syllabus. Both are very excited to be with us. We are delighted too, to welcome back Tish Nicoll and Eleanor McLeod who are thrilled to be returning. Do look at their glowing profiles. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and hugely qualified adjudicators sharing in our Festival this year.

We have a wide range of classes to suit all ages. Do dip in and select from the wide variety of classes on offer! Our Sight Reading Classes have become so popular that we have now added, new for this year – Sight Reading for Year 10 and over – OPEN which we hope will gain some notable interest.

Festivals are the shaping of so many young people, not only to share and exhibit their talents, but also to help them grow and gain self-esteem. We hope our Festival will nurture and encourage all to develop their skills, and will lead them eventually to a confident future.

At a time when many Festivals are struggling, we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a stimulating and lively Festival. It has been expanding in many ways. We have a thriving Music and Classical Guitar section, and this year, Dance will be introduced for the first time. We may have missed some time, but will be making-up for it! These are exciting times, giving opportunities to children and adults to perform and receive valuable feedback. We are totally indebted to our wonderful volunteers who come to assist, without whom we could not operate, and our small Committee is truly grateful.

RWBAF aims to promote all “Arts” being taught and performed in Royal Wootton Bassett and surrounding areas. There is something for everyone to demonstrate their skills. We hope you will all enjoy engaging with the spirit of the Festival, and will leave enriched by your experience.

Mrs. Sandra McDowell

Speech and Drama, and Musical Theatre Chair.