COVID-19. In light of the current situation, unfortunately we’re unable to go ahead with our celebration concerts. However, performers that have been awarded a trophy will be emailed by the festival organiser and arrangements will be made for the trophy presentations and collections at a later date.
The Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts takes place annually. The 2020 festival will mark our 57th year of holding this wonderful event. The festival regularly showcases more than 6,000 performers and celebrates all aspects of performing arts including music, dance and drama.
Formerly known as the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts, the festival was rebranded in 2019 to reflect the fact that adult performers are also welcome to enter.
Enter the festival
Anyone can enter to take part in the festival, this includes adults, toddlers, students and more.
Already entered the festival? If you've already entered to perform at the festival, you may like to read the
key information and advice for performers.
The festival will be held in the iconic Rochdale Town Hall.
This beautiful Grade I listed building at the centre of Rochdale's history is a fitting place for people to perform in front of an audience of friends, family and peers.
Classes and syllabus
The festival's performances have been divided into categories, called classes, which will each be performed on separate days. These classes are sub-divided based on performance type, age and number of performers.
The syllabus lists all the different class you can perform in at the festival.
We've drafted a provisional timetable of the performance dates. Please be aware these dates may change.
The Diplodocus Day is a special addition to the 2020 festival. This special day celebrates the Natural History Museum's Diplodocus visiting Rochdale during the museum's Dippy on Tour event.
On Diplodocus Day, you can watch a variety of different performances which are all dinosaur related.
All performers will be given a certificate along with spoken and written feedback by an independent adjudicator on the day.
In addition, entries in competitive classes will also be given a mark by the adjudicator.
The festival concert and Music for Youth
Each year the Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts includes the Festival Concert, which is performed by the Rochdale Youth Wind Band and the Lancashire Artillery.
It also features a Music For Youth regional festival, part of a nationwide series of festivals celebrating the UK's young musicians, aged 21 or under.
Festival concert date and time: Friday, 21 February 2020
Music for Youth dates and time: 10am-6pm, Friday, 6 March 2020 and 9am-5pm, Saturday, 7 March 2020
Find out more about the Music for Youth Festival
The celebration concert
Several weeks after the festival has finished, we hold a celebration concert to give out special trophies. We award these to performers who delivered stand-out performances or achieved the highest scores across the whole festival.
55 trophies and awards will be handed out in total. The concert will also feature a wide range of performances from a variety of the talented winners.
Date and time: Thursday, 21 May 2020