Oundle Festival of Music & Drama

Each Spring, performers of all ages come to the Oundle Festival of Music & Drama to perform music, speech and drama. The emphasis is on performing in a friendly atmosphere, and receiving helpful criticism from Adjudicators in order to improve their skills.

The 2024 Festival concluded with an inspiring Celebration Concert, featuring performers from many sections of the Festival. There were 4 qualifiers for the Oundle Young Musician of the Year Award sponsored by the Arts Society Oundle.

Ethan Chan

Nelly Palmer

Anushka Ramakrishna

Lauren Booth

Hello! My name is Nelly Palmer, and I am in year 11 at Mark Rutherford school in Bedford. In the Gala concert in March, I had the privilege of becoming Oundle Young Musician of the Year.  In the festival, I won both the U18 Piano class and U18 Strings class (playing cello).  It was my second year performing at Oundle, last year I won the U15 Piano class.

I entered the Festival because I wanted to communicate music. And I cannot express how grateful I am to have found a space that is so outstanding in its commitment to that communication. Throughout, the atmosphere was safe, and supportive: glowing with the primal joy of celebrating sound. The adjudication struck the perfect balance between encouragement and constructive criticism, nurturing all participants into confident, expressive, and powerful performers.


Oundle Young Singer of the Year 2024

Rose Williams

Choral & Vocal
Speech & Drama

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