WELCOME TO THE BMF
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 2023 Birmingham Music Festival will take place on
14 and 15 October 2023
The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools
Edgbaston Park Road
Due to unprecedented demand, we've had to close Classes 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to new entries.
As a Festival, entries are currently running at 46% higher than at this time in 2022, so whilst we're trying to accommodate this influx of entries, we will almost certainly have to close other classes early as well.
If you are considering entering in 2023, do not wait too much longer tor you may find that you are unable to enter your preferred classes (or at all!)
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
The 81st Birmingham Music Festival is now open for entries.
We have made a few detailed changes to our entry pages, so please take care to read them as a few things are different from in prior years. But overall the fundamental structure remains intact and I hope that you welcome the changes that we have made.
We welcome back two popular adjudicators: James Kirby and Luis Parés. Both can be relied upon to give perceptive and helpful comments in their adjudications.
As ever I must advise you to enter early. Every year we close early and have to reject entries as we have become full. Indeed, some classes, especially the junior ones, may be closed before other classes as we reach our physical capacity in the music theatre.
I look forward to seeing you and hearing you play in October!
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HELP AT THE FESTIVAL
We are sometimes short of help on the days of the Festival.
Could you help us on one or both days by acting as a presenter or adjudicator’s clerk?
Experience of a festival environment is an advantage but not a requirement as brief training can be given. We will provide lunch and refreshments.
If so, please contact us. You will not be permitted to act in any class in which you, a member of your family or one of your students is performing.