Alderley Edge Festival

Music, Speech & Drama


Welcome to the Alderley Edge Festival of Music, Speech & Drama

For well over a hundred years the Festival has been providing an annual platform for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as singers, musicians, actors and public speakers.

Every year more than 2,500 people take part in competitive classes held in venues around our pretty village of Alderley Edge.  There is a buzz in the village when the Festival is in full swing: children and adults from the region arrive armed with instruments, sheet music and books of poetry, all having prepared for weeks, if not months, to perfect their pieces.

Our aim is to encourage young people, and older, to grow in confidence through performing in front of an audience and a professional adjudicator. Our adjudicators are all accredited by the British and International Federation of Festivals and have many years of experience from festivals across the country and beyond.

The majority of our performers are of school age (Reception – Year 13), but we have open classes for performers of all ages. We have a wide range of classes: children’s and adult choirs; solo and group instrumentalists; poetry recitals and Shakespearean soliloquys and much more besides.

Even if you can’t perform in one of our classes, you are more than welcome to be part of the audience – parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours and anyone else who enjoys seeing talented performers taking to the stage, will be entertained and delighted at the talent the local area has to offer.

Please do come along and support our Festival so we can carry on giving performance opportunities to future generations.


This Festival has an outstanding reputation. It has moved with the times while still preserving the best of the past. Long may it continue.

I salute the indefatigable work of all involved. May the Festival continue to go from strength to strength.

Having seen the huge benefit and enjoyment that my daughters derived from taking part in the Festival, it is very rewarding as well as being great fun to be able to return as a steward.

Every child who enters the Alderley Edge Festival is incredibly lucky to have such a hard working, dedicated committee ensuring that children of all levels of talent, in both music and speech & drama, have the opportunity to develop their life skills and passions.

I have definitely seen my children’s confidence grow as a consequence of taking part in the Festival. Thank you for providing them with such a great opportunity.

The Alderley Edge Festival provides a brilliant opportunity for every competitor to challenge themselves to the best of their ability. It’s a really fulfilling experience.


2020 Festival Cancelled

A Message from Jonathan Meadmore, the chairman of Alderley Edge Festival...

I am writing to inform you that as a committee we have taken, with considerable regret, the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Alderley Edge Festival.

The Coronavirus is a threat to us all and the Government Chief Medical Officer’s prediction is that cases will peak around the week of our Festival at the end of April.

As there is so much about the current situation which is unknown, we have thought it wise to be proactive regarding the Festival. This isn’t a decision we have taken lightly, but we cannot risk the well-being of anyone who takes part in any capacity.

We are so proud to be a part of this fantastic Festival and to welcome each year over 2500 entries across 5 venues and to be supported by our outstanding team of Stewards.

We also have the privilege, and responsibility, for the safe running of the Festival, though it is our competitors, stewards, adjudicators and ardent supporters who make it special.

This year, 2020, safety has had to be our key word and the safety of everyone who takes part in the Festival will always be our priority.

However - we will back in 2021! We cannot wait to welcome your return to one of the oldest Festivals in the country.

Please accept our apologies; we are as disappointed as you, but hope you understand why we have taken this action.

Please note - We shall be reimbursing all our participants and professionals in the weeks ahead.

With best wishes,

Jonathan Meadmore,
Alderley Edge Festival