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Stratford and East London Music Festival

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The Stratford and East London Music Festival continues to grow in popularity, in the number of entries it attracts (nearly 600 in 2023) and via the many different types of classes available.  

The SELMF was founded in 1882, making it the UK’s oldest competitive music and drama festival.  It has always played a large part in the musical history of East London from its early days as a local event in Stratford.  The Festival culminates in the Young Musician Competition on the last Saturday (February for 2024), where 10 young musicians are chosen to compete for the coveted and very prestigious Young Musician competition.  Matthew Taylor, Chair of the SELMF says “The standard of the Young Musicians concert is out of this world.  You could easily be watching professional performances in the West End”.   

In 2024, the Festival will have classes for bands, orchestras and choirs on the 5th and 6th of February at St. Mary’s Church in South Woodford and the 19th-24th February for all other music, speech and drama classes.  These will take place at the Redbridge Music Service, John Savage Centre, Fencepiece Road, Hainault, Ilford, IG6 2NB.  

Entries for the Stratford and East London Music Festival close on the 29 December 2023.

All entries can be made online using the easy-to-use booking system called Play & Perform.  For all details on classes available, how to become a Friend Of The Festival and entering, please go to our website