Welcome to the Edinburgh Competition Festival Association

2017 Festival

The 2017 Festival got off to a flying start with the First Round of the Concerto Class held on 27 & 28 January. From 44 entries to the class the adjudicators, Christina Thomson and James Kirby, selected four finalists to go forward to the Grand Final of the Festival on 12 March in The Queen’s Hall. The finalists are:

Also selected by the adjudicators for special mention were:

The finalists will be accompanied on 12 March by The Friends of the Festival Orchestra conducted by David Watkin. The Concerto Final is preceded at 7pm by an hour of Highlight performances from across the Festival. This promises to be a fantastic concert. Tickets (£7/£5) are on sale at The Queen’s Hall Box Office and will be available at the door during the rest of the Festival.

The main part of the 2017 Festival will be held from Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 12 March in St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Stockbridge Parish Church, and St Mark’s Church, Castle Terrace. Full programmes are now available from Rae Macintosh Music in Shandwick Place. Classes in piano, strings, wind, guitar, singing, harps and clarsachs, chamber music, orchestras and traditional music can be heard, ranging from elementary level to advanced recitals. Admission to all these classes is free.

All entrants should have received details of the times and venues for their performances. If not they should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Those who have asked for the official accompanist are also reminded that, with the exception of adult singers, they must send the accompanist’s music to Margaret Donaldson no later than 31 January – details are in the Syllabus Regulations which you can access on the Syllabus page of this website.

We would also be grateful for any feedback you have on our new online entry system – please email email@ecfest.org.uk with such comments or any others on the Festival.

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, Stockbridge Parish Church


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.