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A Platform for Performance

Glasgow Music Festival is an annual festival of music, speech, drama and dance first held in 1911. Each year around 7,000 performers take part in the festival which takes place in March.

There are events for groups of almost any size and description, in addition to an extensive programme for solo performance. Performers have the opportunity to develop their skills through receiving advice and encouragement from a team of experienced professional adjudicators.


Festival 2023

The one hundred and eleventh Glasgow Music Festival will run from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 18th March 2023 and we are delighted to be able to offer a full range of events.
To find out more, please visit the What’s on page.
If you are a performer, visit the Take part pages for useful information.
We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Festival 2023 – Syllabus published

The one hundred and eleventh Glasgow Music Festival will run between Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th March 2023.
We are delighted to be able to offer a full range of events and look forward to building on last year’s very successful Festival by welcoming more choirs, bands, orchestras, and dance teams as all return to full strength over the coming months.

There’s lots of information in the Take part pages where you’ll also find entry forms. Browse the Choose your event pages for full details of all events on offer. If you’d like a downloadable version of the Festival Syllabus, there is a download button near the foot of every page.

Festival 2022

The one hundred and tenth Glasgow Music Festival ended on Saturday 19 March 2022 after nine wonderful days of performances in Music, Speech & Drama and Scottish Country Dancing.

It was great to return to holding a festival of live performances and to welcome supportive audiences to all sessions. The whole event was greatly enjoyed by everyone involved: performers, adjudicators, accompanists, audiences, stewards and administrators.

The team of adjudicators comprising Belinda Mikhaïl, Christina Thomson, Heather Yule, Brian Marjoribanks and Avril Smillie gave performers advice and encouragement. Performers were supported by the official accompanists: Chris Baxter, Hebba Benyaghla, Edward Cohen, Claire Haslin and Stewart Henderson. Accordionist, Màrtainn Skene, provided music for Scottish Country Dancing.

Go to Results – 2022 Festival to view the names of those gaining prizes, trophies and awards and to view results of each class.

Download the Glasgow Music Festival Syllabus

Everything you need to know about the festival in one comprehensive, printable document

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The Festival covers a wide range of music including classical, folk, jazz, rock and traditional Scottish music. There are events for solo singers and instrumentalists in addition to a full programme for choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles.


Scottish Country Dancing events are presented in association with the Glasgow Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Speech & Drama

Speech and Drama events feature mainly, but by no means exclusively, our younger performers. Performers demonstrate their skills in verse, prose, public speaking and drama.