Deadline for N-East Music Festival

Entries for the 89th Aberdeen and North East Music Festival close on Monday (March 12) with late entries until March 17.

For the first time in its 103 year history the festival has had to start a week early because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but organisers hope this will not reduce entries.

They have introduced several new ideas to the music and drama festival, which runs at venues around the city from May 28 to June 1.

The festival is competitive and offers the opportunity to perform in speech and drama, Scottish Country Dancing, vocal and choral, group music making and percussion, Scottish Instrumental, recorder and all orchestral instruments.

Guitar classes were revived two years ago, and Clarsach classes appear again by popular demand.

The festival offers substantial bursaries in vocals and piano and the opportunity for winners to perform in concerts and to train in operatic singing in the Mary Garden Master Class at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in August.

The syllabus can be picked up in local music shops or online on

All brass classes will run from 4pm daily and the syllabus gives clear indication of on which day classes will be run.

For more information, call Mary Rasmussen on 01224 319345 or by email on, or look up the festival website which is