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.

s to this years Festival are now closed.  If you have entered you will receive your personalised schedule shortly.

The 2019 Birmingham Music Festival will take place on
12 and 13 October 2019


The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools

Edgbaston Park Road



B15 2UA

I hope that you like our new style website. Our brilliant webmaster Phil Pritchard has updated the design and content so that it looks more like a music festival site, particularly on the entry pages, rather than an amended online retail order process and shopping trolley. 

We have made a few changes to some of the classes and introduced a completely new one – the American Class. This is for music composed by any composer born on the Continent of America, not just in the US, so as well as Joplin, Gershwin, Amy Beach and Copland, we may hear music by Ginastera, Piazzola and Villa-Lobos as well as many others. There is a huge choice of music available to anyone wishing to look beyond the best-known piano repertoire.

After the success of the 2018 Festival, which had a record level of entries overall and a record level of children performing with great success in the open classes, we again expect to be full by the time entries close on 31 July. So please do apply early if you want to be sure of your place. This applies particularly to the Recital Class where we will limit the number of performers if we receive too many, as we usually do.

See you in October!

Richard Abel

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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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Personalized schedules for the Festival sent out to entrants

12 and 13 OCT

The Birmingham Music Festival 2019 

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