Festival 2024

Our 81st Festival will run from Monday 4th to Saturday 16th March 2024 at Central Methodist Church, High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7PR. Speech and Drama Classes will take place from Monday 4th to Satursday 9th March in the upstairs Millennium Theatre. Music Classes will be held in the Church from Monday 11th to Saturday 16th March. The Festival Concert will take place on Friday 22nd March in Central Methodist Church, starting at 7pm. Do come along and support our performers.

Festival Syllabus

The Festival Syllabus and Entry forms are now published and can be viewed and downloaded on this page Syllabus

The online entry system can be accessed on this link How to enter

New Music Classes this Year

After a very successful late entry in 2023, we now offer Class 613, Beginners' Orchestra. This is for true beginners of any school age, and can include teachers if they are also beginners. 

In our Vocal Classes, the Light Opera/Musical Classes 711 - 714 are now retitled Song from a Musical, Theatre Show or Film, which better reflects the type of entry over recent years.

New in the Vocal Section are Classes 715 - 717, Rock or Pop Song, so let's have plenty of entries from you budding Britain's Got Talent performers.

For Junior Schools who may have had reservations about entering the main competitive Junior School Choirs Class 802, we've now introduced Class 803, a non-competitive class for Junior Choirs so they can test the water

Admission Charges


In order to reduce cash handling, instead of charging audience members for admission to sessions and for programmes, we will be inviting donations in the buckets provided. Suggested minimum donations are £1.50 for admission and £2 for a programme. We ask for your co-operation in this, which will safeguard both audience members and volunteer stewards. Patrons continue to be admitted to all sessions free of charge.


The suggested minimum donation for the Festival Concert on Friday 25th March is £2.50.




Lincoln Music and Drama Festival is held in the first two weeks of March each year. 

It is a competitive Festival for children and adults of all ages, groups or individuals from schools or private entries. All are welcome. 

Professional, world-renowned adjudicators are engaged who provide friendly, helpful and constructive criticism. They provide a written critique of each performance and make awards of certificates and trophies.

The Festival also awards residential Bursaries for both Music and Drama.

We encourage and welcome audiences. Follow the links for more information.

Please e-mail us with any queries.


Affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals

for Music, Dance and Speech