113th Festival in March 2025

The 2025 Festival is now in the planning stage and more information will follow once available.

The Festival will start on Friday 7th March 2025 and the Festival will end 2 weeks later with the Festival Concert on Saturday 22nd March.

The Schools Workshop will be on the 20th March 2025 at the Town Hall.

Details of other classes will appear in the opposite panel once confirmed.

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.

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

  • Sunday 1st December 2024
    Opening date for entries for 2025 Festival
  • Sunday 2nd February 2025
    Closing date for entries
  • Friday 7th March 2025
    Festival Opens - Jazz Night at The Theatre
  • Saturday 8th March 2025
    Junior and Senior Choir Classes - Town Hall
  • Friday 14th March 2025
    Piano Classes - Town Hall
  • Saturday 15th March 2025
    Piano Classes - Town Hall
  • Thursday 20th March 2025
    Children's Workshop - Town Hall/CN School
  • Saturday 22nd March 2025
    Festival Concert - Town Hall