This event has now finished. We'll update this page when we have details of the festival in 2020.
The Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts takes place annually at Rochdale Town Hall. The 2019 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 has been rebranded for 2019 to reflect the fact that adults are welcome to enter as well as younger performers.
The festival will be held in the iconic Rochdale Town Hall. This beautiful Grade One listed building at the centre of Rochdale's history is a fitting place for people from surrounding areas to have a chance to perform in front of an audience of friends, family and peers.
The festival's performances have been divided into categories, called classes, which will each be performed on separate days. For example, one evening all the entrants in the woodwind instrumental class will perform. These classes are sub-divided based on the age and number of the performers.
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 with also be given a mark by the adjudicator. The best acts from each age range within each class will receive an award and may also be asked to perform again at the celebration concert held shortly after the festival.
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.
The festival concert - Thursday, 28 February 2019
Music For Youth - Friday, 8 March 2019 and Sunday, 10 March 2019
Find out more about the Music for Youth Festival
The celebration concert
Several weeks after the festival has finished, a special celebration concert is held. This is when we award those who've won their class or delivered stand-out performances and achieved the highest scores across the whole festival.
55 trophies and awards will be handed out to the festival's biggest stars. The concert will also feature a wide range of performances from a variety of the talented participants.
Date and times
We'll hold 3 celebration concerts on Thursday, 2 May 2019 at the following times:
Concert 1: 10am
Concert 2: 1.30pm
Concert 3: 6pm