108th Festival

We hope that you will be inspired to participate in one of our many classes (over 140 are on offer) or will support those who do by joining the audience for classes, masterclasses and concerts.

The Festival continues its non-competitive tradition to encourage everyone to participate. All are welcome and we hope you will all experience the friendship and support that the Festival aims to provide.If you are new to our Festival then do read our guide.

"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 2019
    Opening date for entries
  • Friday 17th January 2020
    Closing date for entries
  • Friday 6th March 2020
    Festival opens with the popular Youth Jazz Band Challenge
  • Sunday 8th March 2020
    Vocal workshop and concert with Oxford-based Out of the Blue
  • Sunday 15th March 2020
    Concert: President Anthony Williams (piano) and Vice-President Craig Ogden (Guitar) and friends
  • Thursday 19th March 2020
    Festival Folk Night: The second outing in our revised format of a typical folk meet to be held in The Chequers
  • Saturday 21st March 2020
    Traditional Festival Concert brings the Festival to a close, which will include highlights from the previous two weeks
  • Sunday 22nd March 2020
    An extra event co-organised with the acclaimed Adderbury Ensemble