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.

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The 2020 Birmingham Music Festival will take place on
10 and 11 October 2020


The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools

Edgbaston Park Road



B15 2UA

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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The 2019 Festival was another great success.


The BMF continues to attract talented young and experienced players from all over England and Wales.


We heard some terrific performances of music both familiar and little known, and we welcomed some players performing at the BMF for the first time as well as some regular performers returning. Players ranged from under 8 to over 60 and covered a range of experience from below Grade 2 to Licentiate Diploma level.  Music played ranged from compositions by Praetorius (born 1571) to Darius Brubeck and David Bowie.


Our 20 classes were won by 15 different winners, and 2 youngsters managed to win open classes. Most of these winners will perform at our winners' concert on 4 July 2020.

See you in 2020!

Richard Abel

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