With the greatest regret we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the New Milton Music Festival and Gala Concert this weekend. We have reviewed the volunteer staffing levels, many of whom are in an at-risk health category, and concluded today that we can’t run the festival safely and in the manner that you would expect. We are also mindful of our responsibility not to exacerbate any risk of transmission of COVID-19 so would have been encouraging any performers or supporters in an at risk category not to attend. From the communications received this number has increased over the last two days.
We realise this is a huge disappointment to those who have put in hours of practice and preparation, and for all of those looking forward to a celebration of the last 20 years of music making in the festival’s name.
The Committee will review if there is any possibility to find a revised date and will advise in due course. Otherwise we will re-run the festival next year. Please bear with us as we review the best way of refunding entry fees. This will take a while to sort out.
The New Milton Music Festival is held annually in New Milton, a town on the South Coast of England, close to the New Forest. The festival gives musicians and vocalists in the area, both adults and children, the opportunity to take part in competitive classes, leading to a Gala Concert. Classes are professionally invigilated with the aim of encouraging participants, as well as awarding medals and trophies to winners and making recommendations for the Gala Concert.
The festival is non-profit making and is run by volunteers. Competitor fees are kept as low as possible and local schools are encouraged to enter pupils.
If you live in the area and have some musical ability, why not enter the next festival? And if you enjoy listening to local musical talent, do come for the Gala Concert - see you there!