The City of Bradford Festival of Talent is back for 2019

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Calling all Under 18s


Once again we would like to invite all Primary and Secondary Schools in the Bradford Metropolitan District to take part in the City of Bradford Festival of Talent 2018 - 19. This has grown in popularity and excellence in the four years since we created it in 2014 when Elizabeth Sharp was the Lady Mayoress of Bradford.

Now taking place at the Bradford Academy, where the facilities are second to none, absolutely state of the art and sheer showbiz, the talent displayed in the 2018 competitions was phenomenal. 

It is our dream and ambition to create and provide a platform where every girl and boy, no matter how young, can take to the stage and experience the magic of performance, whatever the genre.

The Festival of Talent is free to enter and all acts are welcome, whether vocal, theatrical, choral or instrumental, in solos, duos, groups, bands or choirs.  We want them all.  We ask only that the performances have been originated by the performers themselves and are not of the teachers’ design.  We do welcome teachers’ participation but only in conducting and accompaniment roles, or a single band member instrumentalist.

Each school is allowed to submit a maximum of four acts to the semi-finals, which will be held on two successive Friday evenings in February 2019, one for each age group, with the Finals in March.  Each finalist will receive a certificate and the two winners, (one in each age group), will receive a glass trophy to keep outright, as will both runners-up.

The winners will be invited to bring their parents and teachers to City Hall for tea with the Lord Mayor, and there will be opportunities for further public performances in association with the Music and Arts Service and other agencies.

Registration forms are available from our website:at:

We want to involve the entire Bradford Community in these competitions, and make them known to every girl and boy who cherishes secret yearnings to stand in front of audiences and entertain them, but who might otherwise never get the opportunity.

This year’s winners were a nine-year old magician and a jazz singer.  The magician subsequently went on to perform at the Lord Mayor’s Civic Ball while the jazz singer has at least two concert appearances booked as guest star.   Next year’s winners could be yours!  Please make it happen! Please complete your registration form.   Please help us to attain our ambition – and dream!

Why not visit our website to read about and look at the photographs from previous City of Bradford Festivals of Talent at:

For further details please contact us at:

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Sharp (Chair), Claire Healthcliff (Deputy Chair) & Emmerson Walgrove (Deputy Chair)


Published: 02/07/2018
Audience: Governors, Headteachers, Music Teachers, Performing Arts
Contact: Elizabeth Sharp, Emmerson & Claire

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