112th Festival Update

The 2024 Festival is now well advanced with most events planned and in place.

The Festival will start on Friday 8th March 2024 with the Jazz Festival Night, this year to be held at Chipping Norton Theatre, followed by Junior Choirs the next morning. The Festival will end 2 weeks later with the Festival Concert on Saturday 23rd March.

After a successful launch in 2023, The Shauni McGregor Young Performer's Recital will return on Sunday 17th March and there are two Adderbury concerts(final details to be confirmed) on Sunday 10th and Thursday 21st March.

The Schools Workshop will be run by Ben Goodall and will be on the 19th March at the Town Hall or Chipping Norton School (subject to availability and numbers).

There are still more items to be finalised but we are trying to ensure that schools and teachers have as much advance notice of the forthcoming events.

Already in the planning are Bursary grants to encourage youngsters to perform against a background of rising living costs, to apply for one of these in confidence simply email entries@cnmf.org.uk

All key confirmed dates are showing in the panel on this page to the right, but are subject to change.

Please check regularly for updates.

A Copy of the 2023 Syllabus is attached here and the 2024 version will be available in autumn of this year.

Syllabus 2023 vers 4 Jan 13

Some of the performers at the inaugural Young Performer's Recital in 2023

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the committee for all the amazing work you put into organising the CNMF. Both my children have played in the festival this year and last and it's just been great for them to get the chance to perform in a non-threatening environment. The adjudicators this year (Nadia and the chap who did the piano classes on Saturday) were fantastic, just the right balance between being encouraging but giving great pointers of things to work on. Last year's adjudicators were great too but I can't remember their names! Thanks again, you are doing an amazing thing putting the festival on every year. Many thanks."

Janet Hayes

Our enormous gratitude also goes to the team of volunteers, official accompanists, Friends,people, and businesses in the town who support us as well as the parents and teachers who support and encourage our participants. If you would like to support or get involved in the Festival in some capacity, or have any feedback on what we offer, do please contact any committee member.

Key Dates

  • Monday 4th December 2023
    Opening date for entries for 2024 Festival
  • Friday 2nd February 2024
    Closing date for entries
  • Friday 8th March 2024
    Festival Opens - Jazz Night at The Theatre
  • Saturday 9th March 2024
    Junior and Senior Choir Classes - Town Hall
  • Sunday 10th March 2024
    Guitar Classes - Town Hall
  • Sunday 10th March 2024
    Concert - Adderbury Ensemble - Town Hall
  • Monday 11th March 2024
    Woodwind and Brass Classes - Town Hall
  • Tuesday 12th March 2024
    Speech & Drama - (Contingency Day)
  • Wednesday 13th March 2024
    Speech & Drama - Town Hall
  • Friday 15th March 2024
    Piano Classes - Town Hall
  • Friday 15th March 2024
    Folk Night - The Chequers
  • Saturday 16th March 2024
    Piano Classes - Town Hall
  • Saturday 16th March 2024
    Concert - North Cotswold Chamber Choir - Town Hall
  • Sunday 17th March 2024
    Concert & Young Performers Recital - Town Hall
  • Monday 18th March 2024
    Strings Classes - Town Hall
  • Tuesday 19th March 2024
    Children's Workshop - Town Hall/CN School
  • Thursday 21st March 2024
    Concert - Adderbury Ensemble - Town Hall
  • Friday 22nd March 2024
    Senior Vocal Classes - Town Hall
  • Saturday 23rd March 2024
    Junior Vocal Classes - Town Hall
  • Saturday 23rd March 2024
    Festival Concert - Town Hall