Chairmans Letter

It gives me great pleasure to present the 2018 Basingstoke Music Festival!

The Festival this year will be, once again, hosted within the excellent facilities at Queen Mary’s College and we give our thanks to the college for allowing us to use the premises once more.

The Syllabus this year will contain a variety of new classes and a wealth of opportunity will be on offer to showcase local talent from the area upon the weekends beginning on the 3rd, 10th & 17th March. 

We are consistently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis on fun and all-round participation! We’d love to see entrants of all ages and abilities taking part this coming year, and we endeavour to see smiles, creativity and enjoyment from all involved.

Our festivals are a consistent success, but it wouldn’t be able to reach those levels without our volunteers, sponsors and participants. Everyone within the charity would like to extend our thanks to those involved.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

Sam Gill


The Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival Association is a registered charity (Reg. Charity No.1037049) and is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals. Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke RG21 3HF will be hosting the entire 2017 Festival. Our website: Performers’ names will only be used on the Festival website to celebrate their success. No other details will be shared. If you do not wish your name to be included please inform your Section Secretary. The information you provide on your entry form is not held on a computer system.



Mrs. Angela Hurley

Vice Presidents

Mrs. Ann Blairman Mrs. Margaret Garland

Elizabeth and Garth George Mrs. Wendy Harding

Irene and Brian Holman Mr. Paul Holmes Mrs. Sue Morris Mrs. Jean Murphy Mrs. Irene Rodges Mrs. Mary Vine

Festival Committee

Chairman Mrs. Sam Gill

Hon. Secretary Mrs. Jean Filkin

Hon. Treasurer Mr. Ian Holmes

Health and Safety Mr. Keith Filkin

Publicity Officer Mrs. Angela Holmes

Safeguarding Officer Mrs. Sam Gill

Council Representatives Cllr. Nigel Pierce

Cllr. Andy McCormick

Cllr. Angie Freeman

Section Secretaries

Band, Choir, Ensemble and Orchestra Mrs. Rebecca Whittock

Brass Mrs. Sam Gill

Creative Writing Mr. Tony Corbin

Pianoforte Ms. Jane Cleaver

Recorder Mrs. Sam Gill

Singing Mrs. Marilyn Wright

Speech and Drama Mrs. Angela Holmes

Strings Mrs. Jean Filkin

Woodwind Mrs. Sam Gill


Miss Eloise Gill


Bands, Choirs, Ensembles and Orchestras: Gary Sieling MA, BMus, FRCO, PGCE

Brass: Paul Harris FRAM, Hon.TCL, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, ARAM, MTC

Creative Writing: Children Years 1 – 6: Marian Grey.

Years 7 – 13 and Adults: Theresa Lock

Piano: Ailsa Howarth BA, PGCA

Recorder: Paul Harris FRAM, Hon.TCL, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, ARAM, MTC

Singing: Valerie Hoppé MBE, GGSM, LGSM, ARCM

Speech and Drama: Jonathan Owen Cert. Ed., Cert. TESOL, MSTSD

Strings: Lorraine Deacon GRSM (Hons.), LRAM

Woodwind: Paul Harris FRAM, Hon.TCL, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, ARAM, MTC



OUTSTANDING ~ 90+ ~  An exceptional performance both technically and artistically
(with medal – solo classes only)

DISTINCTION ~ 87-89 ~ An excellent performance both technically and artistically

COMMENDED ~ 84-86 ~ A convincing performance both technically and artistically

MERIT ~ 81-83 ~ A capable performance showing some artist appreciation and/or technical ability

MODERATE ~ 78-80 ~ A performance showing development of technique and/or communication

FAIR ~ 75-77 ~ A performance limited in its communication


These will be allocated to the entrant gaining the highest mark in each section of the Festival. If the case of a tie, the section adjudicator will be asked to recommend an overall winner.

CHARLES CHUTE CUP Band, Ensemble & Orchestra
ROGER MORRIS CUP Speech and Drama
WOODWIND AWARD Woodwind, Brass, Recorders
BOROUGH OF BASINGSTOKE CUP is awarded to the highest number of Outstanding Certificates gained by any adult competitor in Music, Drama or Creative Writing classes. The recipient must reside or work in the Borough of Basingstoke.

The Overall Awards will be presented during the
Gala Performance and Award Ceremony at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke
at 2.00pm on Sunday 29th April 2018.

Other trophies and awards are listed in the Schedule of Classes.
Responsibility for the engraving and safe-keeping of trophies rests with the winners or their parents. All trophies remain the property of the Festival and must be returned to the appropriate Section Secretary by the designated date.


The Gaiger Trust was established in 1998 with funds raised during Brian Gaiger’s Mayoral Year. The aim of the Trust is to encourage and assist the development of young people from the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane in the Performing Arts.
A financial scholarship is to be awarded by the Gaiger Trust in 2018 to an entrant of the Music Performance or Speech and Drama sections of the 2018 Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival who:
is aged 18 years or under at the time of their performance in the Festival
has not previously been awarded a Gaiger Scholarship
achieved 87 marks or more in a solo class
lives within the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
in the opinion of the judging panel, presents the most compelling case for making the
best use of a financial award of at least £200 to further their development in the
Performing Arts
To apply for the Scholarship, please send a letter stating your date of birth and home address, and detailing your relevant progress, experience and achievements so far, your plans for the future and an account of how you would benefit if awarded the Scholarship to:
Mrs. Eleanor Burt, 22 Northfield Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0DR.
The closing date for applications is 21st April 2018. Please include a copy of the mark-sheet from your qualifying 2018 Festival performance. Applications will be assessed by a panel of Trustees and professional performers.
For further information please contact Eleanor Burt: telephone 01256 882309.