Pontefract Music Festival, founded 1903. Affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance & Speech. Registered Charity 515051. Website copyright ©2017 Pontefract Music Festival. This website does not use cookies.

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The Pontefract Festival is the only one of its kind in the Local Authority District & gives a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages either as part of the audience enjoying the competitive performances & the winner’s concert; or as competitors gaining experience of public performance in their own particular speciality where they have the opportunity to gauge their own work against that of their contemporaries & gain the benefit of expert advice & comments from highly experienced professional adjudicators in both drama and music.

Now in its 114th year the Pontefract Music Festival offers the children and adults of the town and surrounding districts the opportunity to develop a whole range of performance skills.

The Festival’s challenge to those taking part is to encourage the ideals of dedication, determination and confidence, and give competitors the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
In return the Festival offers professional adjudication with dedicated feedback to enhance and encourage competitor’s further development of performance skills.

“To learn to lose without feeling defeated is a sign of maturity”.


OFFICERS 2019 - 2020


Norman Dale

Roger Fletcher
Janet Fletcher
Eileen Aspland

Sibyl Leach

Cathy Nash

Pontefract Musical Festival is committed to Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone and has adopted a Child Protection Policy in association with the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech and in accordance with ‘Safe Network’ guidance. Click here to download a copy of the policy.

Cathy Nash