Following the receipt of much reduced entry numbers at the closing date (no doubt an impact of the last 2 years pandemic) we are sorry to have to announce the postponement of our festival until 2023.  It was felt that to proceed would be neither financially viable or offer the required healthy competition to those groups and individuals who had entered.  All entry fees already received will be returned ASAP.  Please keep watching our website for details of an exciting addition of music and drama workshops with our expert adjudicators.

We are planning to run a day of individual workshop sessions on Saturday 14th May 2022 (Date and venue to be confirmed) with 15 minute sessions being made available for individual candidates.  They will be able to share their performance (preferably using a choice of performance they are preparing had our festival gone ahead) in a relaxed environment, whether they are classical solos, musical theatre, instrumental or pianoforte, as well as speech and drama pieces, Shakespeare or poetry.  The adjudicator will be able to give them valuable feedback and advice to develop their talents and improve their performance skills, with all attendees receiving a certificate of attendance to add to their portfolio. Further details will be announced shortly.

The festival team are working hard to refresh the structure of the festival to make it more current, diverse and open to a wider audience.  We will re-launch the new look BARNSLEY MUSIC AND DRAMA FESTIVAL in the autumn, and hope that you will be excited by the changes with new classes available.  Thank you for your continuous support and look forward to greeting you all at the New BARNSLEY MUSIC AND DRAMA FESTIVAL in Spring 2023.

Kindest Regards

Alison Hartley

Festival Chairman


Applications for the 2022 Festival Now Open

“We have many happy memories of the festival to treasure, and have made friends with people from different parts of the country. Over the years, our talents were encouraged and allowed to flourish.”
The Torn family, from Barnby on the Marsh