Marlow Music Festival 2011

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Lucy Anderson
Lucy Anderson, a local 15 year old who has been attending the Marlow Music Festival for the past 5 years

This November’s Marlow Music Festival promises to be the biggest and most diverse in its sixteen year history. The number of classes has increased, the festival will now be spread onto two separate sites and a brand new category has been added: percussion.

Taking place between 4th 17th November the Festival is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. The deadline for entry is 7th October and prospective participants can see which classes they’d like to take part in by either:
1. Downloading the syllabus from the website:
2. Visiting their local library where a reference copy of the syllabus is held by the staff
3. Email the Chairman, Janina Doroszkowska to request one in the post at

More than 165 classes are open to a broad mix of musical disciplines including: Piano,Vocal & choirs,Woodwind,Strings & Harp,Brass,Instrumental Ensembles, Percussion

Martin Smith
Martin Smith who rediscovered the Euphonium after a 35 year gap on retiring!

The festival is not just open to performers but also to composers of all musical backgrounds whether rock, jazz or classical.

Changes have been made to the vocal and choir section to make them more appealing. Firstly they will be located at the stunning All Saints Church. This will heighten the atmosphere through its lofty roof and acoustics and enable more space for wellwishers. Secondly the organisers have set aside an early afternoon to accommodate school choirs running from 2pm.

This year’s specialist adjudicators features some of the UK s finest musicians and experts. They are world class performers and are renowned for giving positive and motivational feedback at these events. Every entrant will receive tailored feedback designed to make them more knowledgeable and confident about handling their instrument, plus a signed certificate.

As ever the Marlow Music Festival will offer pianists the awesome opportunity to play on a Fazioli Grand Piano, the Ferrari of pianos. The organizers of the festival wanted to give local musicians the once in a lifetime chance to play on such an impressive instrument.

The festival aims to give a platform to musicians in Marlow as well as neighbouring towns across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. To date over 8000 musicians have taken part, with 400-600 entrants every year coming from near and far. All classes are open to the public and the festival culminates in a concert and cup ceremony.

Janina Doroszkowska the Festival Chairwoman believes that taking part in a music festival is not just an exciting challenge but it helps boost confidence in the long run. She add, participants learn so much from hearing the other contestants play as well as the adjudicators feedback on their performances. Their own musicality and performance style becomes more informed and they learn how to respond positively to criticism.

Rachel Burden a local lass and well known Radio 5 Live presenter adds:
“The Marlow Music Festival is a fantastic opportunity for young people to show off their talents and really develop as musicians. I took part in many music festivals around Marlow as a child. It was a great way to mix with other musicians and always an exhilarating learning experience. Good luck to all involved.”

For more information please contact Rhiannon Scott on 01494 677611 / 07930 39 89 75 or email

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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