Godalming Performing Arts Festival

What is GPAF?

Welcome to Godalming Performing Arts Festival which also includes Music, Dance, Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama.

Usually the Festival has around 300 classes to cater for all ages and all levels of ability. Most classes are competitive, with marks awarded by an adjudicator. However, most music sections also have non-competitive classes. Having seen the performances the adjudicator comments on them before awarding marks and then writes a short report on each performance which is presented at the end of each class. The Festival is divided into Sections each of which is run by a Secretary dealing with entries and enquiries.

The 2022 Festival will be held in February/March. At the moment we have Secretaries for Dance, Musical Theatre, Speech and Drama, Organ, and Wind Solos and Ensembles, so those Sections will be running. The Sections without the guiding hand of a Secretary (Singing, Strings, Piano, School Choirs, Adult Choirs and Contemporary) will sadly not be operating in 2022. In addition, we are at the moment without a Festival Director to guide the whole organisation. If you are interested in helping us by filling one of these vacant positions, please contact us through the “contact us” page of this website.

Online Entries

Entries for the Dance, Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre, Organ, Wind Solos and Ensemble Sections are open via the button below or their syllabus page.  PLEASE NOTE – The new Ensembles Section covers duets, family groups, ensembles, bands and orchestra classes previously in the Wind Section.

CLOSING DATES – Entries to the Dance Section close on 12 December.  Other closing dates can be found on the Section syllabus pages.

For more information, use this Guide to online entry system



Become a sponsor

We are very grateful to all our Sponsors and Advertisers who enable us to run this highly regarded festival.

The annual cost to run the Festival increases year on year and our main source of income is fees for entry and admission fees to the public. Our major expenditure is the hire of halls and professional fees for adjudicators and therefore we can only break even with the help of our Sponsors, Advertisers, and Friends.

If you would like to advertise or sponsor a class in 2022 please contact our our Sponsorship Secretary through the contact us page.

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