Thanet Music and Drama Festival

The festival is entirely self-funding and receives no public financial support

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The Thanet Music and Drama Festival was founded as a charity in 1921, and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Thanet area to perform in front of an audience and gain expert critical advice.

The festival consists of five sections (Instrumental, Speech & Drama, Piano, Dance, Vocal & Choral) and is held in February to March every year, culminating in an Award Ceremony & Gala Concert featuring some of the best performances from all sections.

The programme for this year's festival is being prepared and, once printed, will be sent to all who have pre-paid for one. They will also be on sale for £3 each from the secretary. The programme gives all the information of what is going on where and when, so it is essential reading! Audience members are welcome at all festival events, and to plan your itinerary, you might well need a programme too... And come to the gala concert too...

We are delighted to announce that the VIP for the 2019 gala concert is Tabitha Webb (nee Watling) who grew up in Thanet and feels that her appearances in the TMDF were an integral part of her success. Tabitha has appeared in the West End as Christine in 'Phantom', and in the film of the hit musical 'Les Miserables'. She has co-written a musical 'Love Beyond' which has already been performed in this country at Wembley etc, and is soon to open in the States.

Our Gala Concert 2018 was back in the Sarah Thorne Theatre, a venue that provided us with everything we needed, and is just the right size for our grand finale. This year the trophies were awarded by BBC presenter Evan Davis who compared the masterclass element of the adjudications to the process in Dragons' Den! He continued by explaining that, although he didn't feel he'd been any good performing at school (with TMDF secretary Lynn where they were both in various drama productions and the school orchestra), he did gain from it all... He realised that it is important to try things, to discover one's passion... and en route one finds out much about oneself. And he noted that it was such experiences that gave him the confidence to stand in front of audiences, or a live camera, in later life. He still doesn't find it easy but reckons that nerves play a crucial part in a good performance. We might not have been much good as young performers, but the same can't be said for those who entertained us at the concert. The standard seemed higher than ever, with stunning performances from each section. Photos of the trophy winners can now be seen on the news page where you can also download this year's programme and see a list of this year's trophy winners.

Dates for 2019:

Speech & Drama Wed 27th Feb. - Sat 2nd Mar.

Sun 3rd Mar.
Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN

Pianoforte Saturday 9th March Salvation Army Citadel, 167 High St. Ramsgate, CT11 9TT map
Vocal & Choral Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th March St Philip's Church, Palm Bay map
Dance Saturday/Sunday 9th,10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th March Birchington Village Centre map
Instrumental Saturday 23rd March Salvation Army Citadel, 167 High St. Ramsgate, CT11 9TT map
Gala Concert and Prize Giving Friday 29th March, 7PM Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN map

2018 programme is available as a download now...


Syllabus 2019



TMDF Entry Form DANCE 2019









TMDF Entry Form S&D



TMDF Entry Form V&C



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