Bewdley Youth Festival

Welcome to Bewdley Youth Festival

Bewdley Youth Festival was founded in 2012 as part of Bewdley Festival, a registered charity which is currently in its 32nd Year of bring top-class arts events to Bewdley and the Wyre Forest..

The aim of Bewdley Youth Festival is to widen the engagement of young people with the Arts.

As part of this commitment we organise a number of events throughout the year designed to give young people the opportunity to participate and perform at professionally organised events.

Our programme in 2019 includes:

Friday 11th January - Youth Music Showcase

Saturday 9th February - The Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year Competition in St. George's Hall, Bewdley

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June - Hopfest Family Music Festival



Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year Competition 2019

Bewdley Youth Festival held the 5th annual Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition on the evening of Saturday 9th February in St. George’s Hall, Bewdley, where the enthusiastic audience was delighted by the standard of performances from young musicians aged between 12 and 17.

The winners of the categories were:
Best Solo Instrumentalist: Jack MacGonigle (Piano) from Bewdley School
Best Singer: Molly Hipkins from Kidderminster College
Best Performer 14 and Under: Connie Ertas (Singer) from Bewdley School
Joint Winners Best Composition: Tom Southam of Stourport and Izzy O’Dowd of Bewdley
Best Group Performance: Infinite Sauce from Stourport High School

Winner of the overall category of Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year was Molly Hipkins of Kidderminster College who delivered a powerful and emotional performance of “I loved you too much” by Drew Gasparini.

During the judging interval there was a fine performance from the 2018 Musician of the Year, pianist Danny Bold, who was joined on vocals for some of his tunes by Izzy O’Dowd

Prizes were donated by: The Helen Mackaness Trust, Worley’s Strings and Things, Stourport and Serious Studios, Stourport

Bewdley Youth Festival also wished to thank The Elmley Foundation, Bewdley Town Council, The Mug House and Angry Chef Restaurant, The Rotary Club of Bewdley and The Kidderminster Lions Club for their generous support