Welcome to the Edinburgh Competition Festival Association

2017 Festival

The 2017 Festival will be held from Tuesday 28th February to Sunday 12th March, with the preliminary round of the Concerto Class being held on 27th and 28th January. The Syllabus will be available from the beginning of September 2016.

About our Festivals

We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator.

Our programme of competitive and non-competitive classes allows performers of all abilities to take part. There are classes in a wide range of instruments, or combinations of instruments, as well as for singers. Full details are contained in our annual Syllabus, accessible on this website.

If you have participated in our festival before and benefitted from it, please tell your friends and encourage them to participate too. Newcomers are very welcome. More generally, if you have any comments or suggestions about our festival, we would like to hear them: please email us at email@ecfest.org.uk.

We now also have a Facebook page.

Photo of one of our venues, St Mark's Church Photo of one of our venues, Stockbridge Parish Church Photo of one of our venues, St Cuthburt's Church

2016 Festival

The 2016 Edinburgh Competition Festival was held from 1st to 13th March. The Final night was held in Stockbridge Parish Church and featured a selection of highlight performances from the Festival and the Final of the Concerto Class, the winner of which was Hannah Foster playing the Carl Reinecke Flute Concerto. The four finalists - the others were Aileen Seeney, Violetta Cubarsi and Iain Clarke - were accompanied by The Friends of the Festival Orchestra conducted by David Watkin.

The Association is grateful to the many volunteers who assisted with the organising and running of the 2016 Festival.

The 2016 Syllabus can still be viewed on this website at the link below.


We are affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals, an organisation which represents the interests of the Amateur Festival Movement. To find out more about the Federation, visit their website.

Your feedback is welcome

The Festival website is under review. It aims to provide essential information about our festivals and how and when to take part in them. If you have suggestions for other information which would be helpful to have available online, or have a comment on the current pages, please Contact us.