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Saturday 17th October 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lady Rosalind Morrison.  Lady Morrison has been a Patron of the WCAF since 2013.  She was a wonderful support attending Festival days and the Concert when she presented prizes to so many aspiring performers.

Rosalind was a generous, kind and interested Patron and she will be sadly missed by the Festival. Our sympathy is with her family at this sad time.

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Rosemary Hopkins, Chairman, Worcester Competitive Arts Festival

Wednesday 18th March 2020


The first day of the Festival took place on Saturday, March 14. Performances were of a very high standard and it was a very enjoyable day. However due to the serious situation with the outbreak of COVID 19 and Government directives, we had no option but to cancel Saturday 21 March much to our disappointment, and I am sure for all of you who had worked so hard on your performances.


Staying safe was our priority for all the team, adjudicators, competitors and spectators. As a result of this situation, we have had to pay many expenses, including adjudicators hotel accommodation which had to be cancelled, the printing of programmes and administration costs, to name but a few.


The Festival is a Charity and a non-profit making organisation and we are relying on your goodwill at this incredibly difficult time. However, if you feel that you would like to be refunded for March 21 we quite understand. If you are happy NOT to have a refund, we would like to thank you in advance for your donation and supporting our small charity. If you would like to make a proportion of your entry costs, as a donation, please inform us. All refunds, where possible, will be made by bank transfer. These will be credited to the named person on the entry form. If the entry has been made for more that one person, i.e. by a school or teacher, then that school or teacher will be credited. Please inform us of your details. If you prefer to be paid by cheque, there will be an administrative charge of £1 to cover costs. Closing date for refunds is the 15th October 2020.


Please send the necessary details. Please contact our Treasurer, Betti Gibbs - We will try our best to settle these payments as quickly as possible and ask for your patience.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you good health in these unprecedented ties. We look forward to seeing you next year for our 70th Anniversary on Saturday 13 and 20 March followed by our Festival Concert and Celebrations at Huntingdon Hall on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Rosemary Hopkins, Chairman, Worcester Competitive Arts Festival

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THE ANNUAL Worcester Competitive Arts Festival gave talented actors and musicians a chance to come together from all over the county to perform before a packed audience.

The festival concert, held at RGS Worcester in the Tything, saw performers show off their skills in a range of genres and disciplines.

At the Concert on March 25, The Hon Lady Morrison gave out prizes with the Arts Trophy in Music going to an up and coming opera singer, Emily Mustoe and the Arts Trophy in Drama going to pupils at RGS The Grange.

The city’s Mayor, Councillor Jabba Riaz visited on both Festival days and was able to see a variety of classes and gave out prizes to performers in both Music and Drama.

The Festival has been running for over sixty years and is for musicians and actors and speakers ranging from primary school age children to adults and well over 500 people took part. Cash prizes, trophies and medals are awarded.

The classes are adjudicated mainly by adjudicators from the British and International Federation of Festivals. Rosemary Hopkins, festival chairman, said: "There has been some excellent feedback from the adjudicators, teachers and parents congratulating the Festival on its friendly and welcoming approach.

"The Festival is for everyone and the achievement of standing up before an audience and performing is a life skill for the future, helping them go on to further enhance their work."



pupils from RGS The Grange

with the Arts Council Drama Trophy

for High Achievement.

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