Once again we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having to make the decision to cancel the Barnsley Youth Music and Drama Festival which was due to take place on week commencing Monday 19th to Friday 23rd April 2021 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. We are all extremely sorry that we are having to do this,  but as you can imagine, with all the uncertainty about the months ahead it would  be impossible to organise an event to take place in April. However, not least because this is the Festival’s 75th Anniversary year, we are hoping to be able to organise an Anniversary Celebration Concert  in the Autumn – possible date of Friday 22nd October 2021. It is anticipated that the concert will include performers from previous Festivals in both Speech & Drama and Music. Whilst the performers will not be adjudicated, the two new trophies that were due to replace our Rose Bowls will be presented to the person(s) giving the best performance in Speech & Drama and the person(s) giving the best musical performance on the evening.  The venue is hopefully going to be at The Emmanuel Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S75 1DT. Please keep a look out for further information.

If you feel you would be interested in taking part in this 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert please email  us on  initially registering your interest. Further information   will then be forwarded when finalised.

We are also asking any budding artists to design a 75th Anniversary logo for the Barnsley Youth Music and Drama Festival which will be displayed on our Facebook page, website and on any advertising material relating to the concert. There will be a prize for the winning design. This Design-a-logo competition will run from 1st February to 30th April 2021. Please submit your designs by email (address as above) in jpg format, including your name, age and contact details and we will notify the winner as soon after the closing date as possible.

We look forward to hearing from any interested parties in the near future –  but until we meet again please keep safe and well.