Somerset College proudly hosts the annual Somerset Festival for Young Performers. This festival is open to students from the wider Gold Coast region. Entrants are encouraged to perform in a variety of areas including vocal, instrumental, and speech and drama.
The aim of the Somerset Festival for Young Performers is to foster a sense of encouragement and enthusiasm, emphasising that the achievement is in the effort of the performer rather than in the final placing. The 2018 Festival will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.
Although run in an eisteddfod-style format, the overall atmosphere is informal and relaxed, giving students the opportunity to perform in front of a supportive audience. Students learn by listening to other performances as well as performing themselves. We look forward to welcoming you to the Somerset Festival for Young Performers.
What a weekend it was for the 2018 Somerset Festival for Young Performers. Beautiful weather on Saturday meant our competitors and their parents enjoyed the College grounds between Sections, while Sunday's inclement weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors and their families.
Over the last weekend we welcomed participants and their families to the 2017 Somerset Festival for Young Performers. This was the 25th Festival and it has certainly has grown with over 1,900 performances over the weekend.
Last Wednesday, the Year 12 cohort was fortunate to have the opportunity of watching and engaging in a presentation by Major Simon Boxsell. Over the hour, we discussed many topics including the meaning of Anzac Day and how to critically analyse controversial points.
The syllabus outlines all of the sections that participants can perform in. This expansive programme includes opportunities in piano, keyboard, guitar, percussion, woodwind, brass, strings, vocal and speech and drama.
Welcome to the 26th annual Somerset Festival for Young Performers. Students are encouraged to perform in a variety of areas – vocal, instrumental and speech and drama. The achievement is in the effort, not the placing. The aim is to foster a sense of encouragement and enthusiasm in both performers and audience.
At the Somerset Festival for Young Performers we have many talented adjudicators who are involved; these adjudicators vary from year to year.
Spectators will have free admission in 2018.
The Somerset Festival for Young Performers is pleased to announce the addition of a series of Workshops for students of all ages and all standards, and provide the opportunity for students to perform for, and receive feedback from visiting tutors as an extension to the annual Festival.
The Somerset Festival for Young Performers is run very successfully due to the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors. With over 170 sections offered this year, our aim is to encourage our young performers in a wide variety of areas at varying levels of expertise.
The programme may be downloaded free of charge from this website. There are no hard copies of the programme available.