The Birmingham Music Festival is one of Britain's leading piano competitions.


We welcome entrants of all ages and all abilities from enthusiastic beginners and gifted amateurs to veteran competitors.  

We have a fantastic venue: The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools, the BMF offers high quality grand pianos in both of our performance theatres and adjudicators to match.


We think the Birmingham Music Festival offers the very best in amateur music making.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

The 2022 Birmingham Music Festival will take place on
15 and 16 October 2022


The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools

Edgbaston Park Road



B15 2UA

Entries have CLOSED 

We regret that we have had to close entries for the Birmingham Music Festival 2022


We have reached our physical capacity limit. 


Concert for Ukraine - 23 October 2022

Our Aim:

"The object of the Festival is to advance, encourage and foster the art of music making by holding and promoting an annual competitive festival of public performances, recitals and concerts"

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After our successful covid-restricted Festival in 2021, I now welcome you to the 2022 Festival.


At this stage we are planning that there will be no covid restrictions and that we can return to full capacity this year.  Of course nobody knows what will happen, so please do check back from time to time just in case we have to amend our plans. Should we have to make changes due to covid which result in a lack of performance, anyone entering and not performing will receive a full refund.


We have made some changes to our syllabus, including creating new French and Virtuoso classes. And are pleased to welcome back two of our most popular adjudicators, Kathryn Page and Julian Hellaby


As always, we expect to be full before our official deadline of 31 July, so to be sure of your place I recommend that you enter early.

I am very pleased to welcome a new member of our Committee, Heng-Ching Fang, a local music teacher known as Ching. She is looking forward very much to contributing to the continuing success of the BMF.


Finally I hope that you are all enjoy the summer rather better than most of us did in the last two years, and I look forward to seeing you all again, and hopefully some new faces too, in October.


In the meantime please continue to stay safe.

Richard Abel

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Many organisations have reported income shortages in the Covid crisis, and the BMF is no different. We have a number of ways you can help us:



If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to our finances please click here:

We will acknowledge your funding support to our operations in future years in our Festival programme.


Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price for anything bought to the BMF. All you have to do is to log on to Amazon Smile rather than the normal Amazon site. All products, prices and other terms and conditions are identical. 

Simply nominate the BMF as the charity that you wish to support (registered charity number 517621) and everything will follow automatically. It will cost you nothing but will help the BMF.

Just click on this link  (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/517621-0) and follow the simple instructions the first time that you use it. This takes only a few seconds, and you will be helping us with our efforts to provide a first-class music festival.

Thanks to all those of you who decide to help us.