Hounslow Festival of Music, Speech and  Dance

        Registered Charity no: 1035333
      Affiliated to The British and International Federation of Festivals

Welcome to (what was in 1996) the first UK Music Festival on the Web!

The Hounslow Festival of Music, Speech and Dance is a competitive festival with classes for all ages and all abilities.

The annual festival, which is in holding its eighty-third festival in 2024, is affiliated to

The British and International Federation of Festivals,

and Hounslow Festival is one of over three hundred affiliated festivals.

There are three separate versions of the Festival Syllabus this year, one containing Pianoforte section, one for the Vocal and Speech sections, and one for the Stage Dancing section. Each section has classes for a great variety of ages and abilities, full details are in the relevant Syllabus.

Being a smaller Festival, there is more opportunity to win a medal or a trophy.

  • Vocal and Choral
    • for solo singers: opera/operetta, oratorio, lieder, musical/film, recital, folk etc.
    • groups or choirs: duets, trios, quartets, youth choirs, barber shop etc.
    • own choice pieces for children up to the age of 18 and adults
    • junior recital (2 pieces) with a cash prize of £ 50
    • senior challenge class with a cash prize of £ 50
    • the Rock & Pop class has proved popular, so will be offered again
  • Speech and Mime
    • verse speaking with set subjects
    • own-choice verse speaking, bible reading, prepared reading
    • solo acting, solo mime, group mime, Shakespeare solo, duologues
  • Stage Dancing
    • solos in ballet, character, national, modern, tap, song and dance
    • duets, trios, quartets in classical and cabaret
    • choreography, groups and troupes

  • Pianoforte
    • solos
    • duets

We will not be running the Instrumental, Pianoforte or Speech & Mime sections in 2024 because we have no Leaders for these Sections. If you would like to become either the Instrumental / Speech & Mime / Pianoforte Section Leaders for 2025, please go to our "Contact Us" page for an email address.

The Speech & Mime / Vocal & Choral and Stage Dancing Festival sessions take place at different venues during weekends in October and November each year. The Pianoforte Section and Speech & Mime Section usually takes place in June. Entries are welcomed from teachers, schools or individuals.

The primary aim of the Festival is to encourage the study and performance of the arts. This is done by giving the opportunity for public performance of a prepared piece by an entrant and providing constructive criticism in a competitive but friendly atmosphere.

Page updated 06/05/24