Highbridge Festival Of The Arts has this week published the syllabus for its 67th annual event, which is due to be held next March.

Over 1,800 talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are expected to compete at Burnham’s Princess Theatre in scores of dance, speech, drama, singing and instrumental categories.

“The Dance syllabus has something for everyone from Classical Ballet to Street and Hip Hop, classes for 4year olds to Senior Citizens and everyone in between; come strut your stuff and have fun,” said spokesman Greg Fear.

“The 2014 Drama Syllabus attempts to open the classes to a much wider age range than before. The festival is not just for children. It should be seen as an opportunity for anyone who wants to perform for others, and the classes have been designed to reflect this.”

“The 2014 event will also commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. I hope that this might inspire more mature competitors to make an entry. We look forward to welcoming everyone, young and not so young, experienced or inexperienced.”

“The Music Syllabus this year has a wide range of classes whether you like singing or playing a musical instrument this syllabus has something for everyone. This year we have even included some non competitive classes and a musical theatre class.”

Syllabuses are available from The Princess Theatre, Burnham Library, Highbridge Library and Burnham Medical Centre.

If you wish to find out anymore about the festival contact for Dance Marilyn Banks on 01275 844404, Speech and Drama Sue Walton on 01278 769208 and Music Mary Lawrence on 01278 784184.

“We are looking for a new General Secretary for the Festival. This is an interesting position for anyone who enjoys administration and organisation.”

A job description is available and further details are available from Maureen Phillips 01278 780615. The Festival is held each March over nine days. It is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals. We have approximately 1800 performers taking part each year.

Pictured: Festival Chairman Jenny Golding with musical adjudicator Elizabeth Brazier at this year’s festival

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