How many classes are there?
There are over 160 classes for performers of all ages and levels of skill; from beginners to virtuosos. There are also classes for choirs of all ages, barbershops, string quartets, and more. All the classes are listed in our Schedule which can be viewed here or in our Programme which is available at any performance venue during the week of the Festival.
So, who judges the children? Is it the Committee?
No. We employ highly-experienced professional adjudicators who travel all over the country (and even internationally) judging festivals. They give each performer a handwritten adjudication sheet and, time permitting, a verbal critical appraisal of their performance. When we say ‘critical’ we mean in a professional sense – you won’t find any nasty Simon Cowell-style judges or red buzzers. We want children to develop a love of the arts – we certainly don’t want them to feel nervous or scared. We all appreciate how hard the children have to work to perfect their performance piece, be it a piano sonata, an operatic aria or a simple piece of verse.
Where is the Festival?
The Festival is at various venues throughout the village, not just in the Festival Hall. We use St Pius Church, the Methodist Church, as well as the Alderley Edge School for Girls and the Scout Hall.