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Festival dates for 2018 now available

  • September 02, 2017

The dates for the 2018 Festivals are now available! Music Festival 29th January to 2nd February Drama Festival 5th March to 9th March Dance Festival 30th May to 2nd June Gala Evening 3rd June Please see our Event Calendar for the latest updates.

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Taunton Young Dance Survey

  • August 22, 2017

Candidates will take part in class, learning a specially commissioned piece of contemporary choreography and then perform to an audience along with their own prepared solo piece, both dances will be adjudicated. 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £75 Please register your interest by filling out this survey...

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Gala Evening Tickets

  • April 02, 2017

Tickets are available for our Gala Evening, held at Queen’s College, Taunton on 4th June 2017, 6.00pm. Celebrating outstanding performances from Music, Dance and Drama sections of the Festival Adults: £8 OAPs: £6.50 Children: £2 http://bookings.queenscollege.org.uk

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TYM Entry Form Available

  • December 04, 2016

The entry form for the Taunton Young Musician competition (TYM) is now available. Please see the competition page for more details.

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Showground for Soloists 2016

  • November 20, 2016

On Sunday 4th December at 3pm in the Temple Methodist Church, TYM 2016 winner, Adam Heron, will play the Bach Keyboard Concerto in A, BWV1055 with the Taunton Sinfonietta. This is part of an exciting concert also featuring solos for French horn and violin. For more information on tickets please...

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TJYS Entry Form Available

  • October 22, 2016

The entry form for the Taunton Junior Young Singer competition (TJYS) is now available. Please see the competition page for more details.

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TJYM Entry Form Available

  • October 22, 2016

The entry form for the Taunton Junior Young Musician competition (TJYM) is now available. Please see the competition page for more details.

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Film Festival Cancelled

  • October 22, 2016

The Film Festival, scheduled to take place on 6th November 2016, has unfortunately been cancelled due to illness.

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Dance Festival 2016 results!

  • October 20, 2016

The results of this year’s Dance Festival are now available on the Dance Festival page! The dates for next year’s festival have also been confirmed - 30th May to 4th June, 2017.

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Dance Festival programme now available

  • May 27, 2016

In addition to the previously uploaded Dance Festival 2016 class times, the full programme is now available here. More information on this year’s Dance Festival is available on the Dance Festival page, including the latest update to our Child Protection Policy.

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Drama Festival Report now in!

  • April 20, 2016

Please view our Drama Festival page for a report on the Drama Festival and the Taunton Young Theatre Performer of the Year Competition.

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Dance Festival class times now available

  • April 07, 2016

The class times for the Dance Festival 2016 are now available. Many thanks for your support this year, we anticipated a rise in entries for 2016, but couldn’t have predicted such an overwhelming number of entries that the Festival has attracted. Because of this, you will notice from the programme...

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Music Festival Results!

  • March 29, 2016

Results from the Music Festivals are now available! Competition results can be found below, and please see our festival reports for the winners of each individual class. Taunton Young Musician of the Year Adam Heron (pianist) Taunton Young Singer of the Year Gregory Steward Taunton Junior Young Musician of the...

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Reminder- Four Grand Finals at the end of February

  • January 10, 2016

Don’t forget that there are four Grand Finals at the end of February! Saturday, 27th February 10:00 a.m. Taunton Junior Young Musician 2:30 p.m. Taunton Junior Young Singer Temple Methodist Church, Taunton Audience entry: £8.00 for the day Sunday, 28th February Taunton Young Musician Taunton Young Singer Queen’s College, Taunton...

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Taunton Young Singer Update

  • December 07, 2015

The first round of this competition was held in the Gwyn Williams Room at Taunton School on Sunday 22nd, November, 2015. Four excellent singers were put through to the Final, namely: Charlotte Penny, ex Taunton School, gap year. Katey Rylands, Wells Cathedral School. Gregory Steward, Wells Cathedral School. Sarah Wynne,...

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Taunton Young Musician Update

  • November 23, 2015

The preliminary round of the Taunton Young Musician of the year competition which was held at the Gwyn Williams Room Taunton School on Sunday 15th November 2015 is pleased to announce the five competitors who have been selected by Richard Chester MBE to go through to the finals on 28th...

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The First Taunton Film Festival

  • November 11, 2015

The Taunton Festival of the Arts Film Festival 2015 will be held at The SPACE (Tacchi-Morris location) on Sunday, 22nd November at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start. Students ranging from Preparatory level through to Sixth Form have submitted entries, these will be screened at the festival and awards presented. In addition,...

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Showground for Soloists

  • October 25, 2015

On Sunday, 29th November at 3:00 pm, the Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, will host Taunton Sinfonietta’s “Showground for Soloists”. Talented flautist Victoria Creighton, Winner of TAUNTON YOUNG MUSICIAN 2015, will play the CPE Bach Flute Concerto in D Minor. Tickets from Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House. £15/£12, students £5. www.tauntonsinfonietta.org.uk...

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New competition announced for this year!

  • October 08, 2015

Following the success of Taunton Junior Young Musician last year and ever growing interest in the Taunton Young Singer competitions a new competition has been announced. Taunton Junior Young Singer is open to any singer resident, or attending school, within a 50 mile radius of Taunton and aged between 9...

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Entries now open for many competitions!

  • October 06, 2015

Entries are now open for the below 4 Music Festival competitions, as well as for the Film Festival! – The Taunton Young Musician of the Year competition – The Taunton Junior Young Musician of the Year competition – The Taunton Young Singer Competition – The Taunton Young Music Theatre Singer...

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Cancellation of Events

  • July 14, 2015

Unfortunately the below events have been cancelled. If you have any queries please contact us. C1 Monday 20th July Young Choral Conductor C3 Visit to Muchelney D1 Tuesday 21st July Visit to English Organ School

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Dance Festival Results!

  • July 13, 2015

The dance section of Taunton Festival of the Arts enjoyed seeing dancers from all over the South West compete in a friendly dance competition at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton. We would like to congratulate everyone that precipitated and to our trophy winners listed below. Jacqui Taylor Memorial Award – Highest...

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Somerset Song Prize Results!

  • May 19, 2015

SOMERSET SONG PRIZE WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED FIRST PRIZE £1000 plus the Lentells Trophy Eleanor Hodkinson SECOND PRIZE £500 Somerset Opera Award Tom Scott-Cowell THIRD PRIZE £250 Harold Mead Award Harry Thatcher MOST PROMISING YOUNG SINGER £200 – Friends of Somerset Song Prize Award Josephine Cresswell ACCOMPANISTS PRIZE £200 – Ronald...

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Somerset Song Prize – Latest News!

  • May 13, 2015

The regional rounds of the Somerset Song Prize have taken place, giving adjudicators and SSP representatives a real treat – and some challenging decisions. The decisions have now been made, and the following singers have been put through to the semi-finals, which will take place at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton,...

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Taunton Live 2015 pages now open to visitors!

  • May 03, 2015

Our Taunton Live 2015 pages are now open to visitors!</p> Please click here to view! </a> Please note that some booking and application information is not available online yet, check back tomorrow for details. </section>

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TFA Young Bassists Competition Update

  • March 06, 2015

There have been very few entries for our Double Bass Competition which was scheduled to take place on March 21st, 2015. It has therefore been cancelled. We are, of course, very disappointed and apologies to those of you who were looking forward to this new event.

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Launch of Somerset Song Prize 2015!

  • February 04, 2015

The basic paperwork for singers interested in the Somerset Song Prize 2015 is now available for download! This includes the Application form (click to download) and the Information for Singers sheet (click to download). Please visit our Somerset Song Prize page for more information. If you have any queries, please...

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Reminder – Taunton Young Theatre Singer!

  • January 16, 2015

A reminder that the Taunton Young Theatre Singer competition will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday 17th January, at the Gwyn Williams Music Room, Taunton School at 2.00pm. Come and see 15 young performers, adjudicated by Ben Costello.

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Preliminary Round Reports for TYS and TYM

  • November 29, 2014

The preliminary round for the Taunton Young Singer and Taunton Young Musician competitions took place at Taunton School on Sunday, 23rd November 2014. Congratulations to the 8 finalists – Riccardo Enoch, Megan Husband, Emma Nelson, Eyra Norman & Rosalie Sanders (TYS), and Victoria Creighton, Olivier Kinsella & Maggie Kasprzak (TYM)...

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Additional Award for Somerset Song Prize 2015

  • November 29, 2014

The organisers of the Somerset Song Prize are delighted to announce an additional award – Friends of Somerset Song Prize – to be given to the most promising singer aged under 21. Please see the Somerset Song Prize page for more information.

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Film Workshop postponed

  • November 12, 2014

Film Making Workshop scheduled for Saturday, 15th November 2014 has been postponed until further notice. For details of further film opportunities & events keep checking this website.

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Film Making Workshop Announced – 15th November

  • October 22, 2014

A Film Making workshop has been announced, to be held on Saturday 15th November, 2014, at Temple Methodist Church! Please visit the Film Festival page to download and fill in the application form, which must be received by 12th November, 2014.

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Somerset Song Prize Update

  • October 17, 2014

The organisers apologise for not posting final details of the Somerset Song Prize on 1st October but we are working through the final stages of some exciting additional developments and opportunities. More details will be confirmed in the next week or so.

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Festival Handbook 2015 now available!

  • September 29, 2014

The Festival is delighted to have the HANDBOOK 2015 available on line following a most successful launch at a reception held in the Castle Hotel on Friday 26 September. Photographs of the event to follow. Click here to download!

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Dance Festival Results 2014

  • June 22, 2014

Well done to every who participated in the Dance Festival 14th & 15th June 2014. Your support and dedication means a lot to us. For the full list of trophy winners please see our Dance Festival page.

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Dates published for Music Festival events in 2015

  • April 27, 2014

Dates have been published for the Music Festival events in 2015, please see our event calendar for 2014. Locations and times will be confirmed later this year. The Festival is indebted to the Taunton Rotary Club for their support in these opportunities for young musicians.

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Summer Festival Page is live

  • April 06, 2014

The event page for 2015’s Summer Festival is now live. The Summer Festival will be held in various Taunton venues from 18-25 July 2015. More details as events are confirmed.

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Breaking News! New Drama Adjudicator

  • March 19, 2014

The Taunton Festival of the Arts is very pleased to announce that our adjudicator for the Drama Festival next March 2015 will be Mr. Philip Thrupp. Philip is an extremely experienced adjudicator and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Taunton next year. His biography will be available...

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Taunton Young Singer Results!

  • March 10, 2014

We had a very good day yesterday with the Taunton Young Singer Competition, thanks to all who performed or supported the singers! Winner of the competition, and receiver of The Herbert Gouge Trophy, was Charlie Pemberton of Wellington School. Second was Hannah Deason – Barrow, Richard Huish 6th Form College....

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Festival Planning for 2015

  • February 22, 2014

Planning for 2015 is well under way and the schedule is taking shape. Next year will be the inaugural year of the Film Festival, an exciting new venture which we’ll have more details on soon – also watch this space for the arrival of our new logo! See our Events...

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Welcome to our new Website!

  • January 26, 2014

Welcome to the Taunton Festival of the Arts website, the new name of the Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama & Dance festival. Plans are taking shape for the Festival in 2014 and 2015, and watch this space for further updates! If you wish to visit the old Festival website, please...

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