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Carlisle and District Music and Drama Festival

Festival 2019
Monday 11th March - Saturday 16th March

St Cuthbert's Church, Tithe Barn, St George's United Reformed Church

All results of the 2018 Festival are now available on this website; select RESULTS in the menu bar on the top of the page. The classes are listed in the order of the week's programme. 

The Festival is open to amateurs and welcomes performers of all ages in music, speech and drama. Performers are invited to compete in a variety of classes, all described in the Syllabus, which for 2018 has been completely revised.

All classes have new numbers, new classes have been added, some class descriptions and/or ages for participants have changed, and the classes are listed in a different order. Therefore, we encourage everyone to read the Syllabus as if you see it for the first time, and to look carefully at the description of each class you consider entering; details may have changed compared to previous years.

You are invited to have a look around this new website and discover all it has to offer. We are very pleased that it is now possible to register, enter and pay online for the 2018 Festival. After setting up an account you can view all the classes in the Syllabus, either in one list, per section, or class by class. Once you have decided which class(es) you want to enter, simply follow the instructions on the screen.

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

By submitting your entry, you agree to adhere to the Festival's General Regulations.

About the Charity

Carlisle and District Music and Drama Festival is a registered Charity (1035713). Established in 1896, it has organised an annual Festival in Carlisle ever since. Traditionally, the Festival takes place around the second week of March, from Monday to Saturday.

The annual Festivals bring together performers from all over Cumbria and beyond. It offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to display their talents and skills in music, speech and drama to professional adjudicators and a welcoming audience. Not least, the Festival offers local and regional people a wonderful week of entertainment, with six full days of music, speech and drama worth attending. The week is brought to a close on the Saturday night with a Gala Concert to showcase a selection of outstanding performances, and to award the major trophies and prizes. 

The Charity aims to give every single participant a positive experience, as well as valuable feedback from which they can learn and use to further develop their skills.