The last day for entering this year's Swindon Music Festival is tomorrow.

Musicians, composers and singers who want to sign up for the 110th Swindon Music Festival need to snap up an entry form now from

The Swindon festival has been a stepping stone for many up and coming musicians in the past including soprano Matilda Wale.

Matilda, who took home the cup for Junior Vocal Champion in 2015, will be on the Wyvern Theatre stage this spring singing as part of the Schubert-inspired Swindon Recital Series.

Other stars who began in the Swindon festival include the film star Diana Fluck, better known as Diana Dors, who was competing in the recitation class in 1938, Jamie Cullum, the jazz superstar, who competed in 1988 and 1989 and Sarah Covey, who was the supreme champion in 2006 and 2008, and went on to star in the West End musical We Will Rock You.

The festival gets under way at Christ Church, in Old Town, before moving to the Arts Centre, in Devizes Road, running from Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 30. It is affiliated to the British and International Federation of FestivalsIt was set up in 1909 as a one-night choir festival at the Mechanics Institute. It was the brainchild of R G Cripps, who wanted to launch a festival in his home town after enjoying an eisteddfod.

Classes include entries from choirs, vocal solos, duets, groups, piano, strings, woodwind, guitar, ensembles, brass, keyboard, church organ and harp. The adjudicators this year are organist, pianist, harpsichord player and teacher Gary Sieling, pianist Caroline Clemmow and opera singer Yvonne Patrick.

Geoff Walters, chairman of the festival for the last 17 years, said: “ We are also fortunate to have Paul Turner as our accompanist. Few festivals have such a distinguished, professional musician.’’

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