Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts

The Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts is a competitive festival open to people of all ages. It gives an opportunity for people to perform, as a soloist or as part of a group, in front of a sympathetic audience, and to receive an expert and friendly assessment from a professional adjudicator.

The Festival started in 1922 as the Clare Festival, and gradually expanded and moved to Sudbury. It now offers about 400 classes in the three main branches of performing arts: music, dance, and speech and drama. Children and adults with a wide range of abilities from all over East Anglia take part, and benefit enormously from the experience – learning the discipline of preparing their piece, taking the stage, and watching and listening to their peers.

There is an even wider choice of classes this year and we hope everyone interested can find something to suit his or her talents. We hope, too, that you will encourage your friends and relatives to come to listen and watch – the Festival always offers a feast for lovers of the performing arts.

If you have any questions – about classes, choice of piece, timing etc – please feel free to get in touch with the contact for the relevant section, listed at the front of this syllabus. They will be delighted to help you, particularly if it ensures that you get your entry in on time! We will continue to be strict about refusing late entries.