The City of Bradford Festival of Talent 2016 -17

To be completed by: Fri 16 Dec 2016

Time: -Fri 16 Dec 2016 | Venue:

Following on from the amazing results and success of the Lady Mayoress' Festival of Talent and the subsequent Lord Mayor’s Festival of Talent, we are excited to announce that this event will run again in 2016 -17 under the title “The City of Bradford Festival of Talent'.

But to do this, we need your help.  We need your amazing students to get involved.

The Competition, which is free to enter, is aimed at all primary and secondary schools throughout the Bradford District, with semi-finals – (auditions) - and finals held next February and March respectively.  (Friday 3 February and Friday 10 March, 2017).

There is an amazing wealth of talent within our schools and it’s my mission to seek it out and give it a platform.  We want dancers, singers, instrumentalists, comedians, illusionists, magicians, soloists, duos, choirs, groups, bands....  You get the picture.  This year we will have more defined sections in the competition for all the different disciplines.

The spirit of the Festival is that it must be student-led, therefore the only stipulation is that all performances must originate from the performers themselves and not be created by teachers or parents.

The time-line will be much as before with heats taking place within the schools, (at your own in-house Talent Competitions, for example), thus creating the semi-finalists, who will go on to perform in the Auditions on Friday 3 February.

The Finals will be held on Friday 10 March and will be as “showbizzy” as we can make them, with the winners in both age groups taking part in the prestigious Schools’ Prom organised by Bradford Council's Music and Arts Service at the end of March as part of their prize. 

Full details of the City of Bradford Festival of Talent are posted on the new City of Bradford Festival of Talent website, so why not take a look at:

Other prizes, include trophies, certificates and a reception in City Hall to be hosted by the Lord Mayor.

Please consider allowing your School to be represented and encouraging your performers to take part. 

Online Entry forms are available here or from our website at and from Elizabeth Sharp (Chair) at or Emmerson Walgrove (Deputy Chair) at

Please just get in touch and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have, the closing date for entries is Friday 16th December 2016.  


Published: 08/08/2016
Audience: Chair of Governors, Headteacher, Heads of Music, Arts and Performing Arts
Contact: Emmerson Walgrove

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