If you have any queries regarding your entry you can email us info@cfopa.org

Alternatively please contact the section secretary:

Speech & Drama
Rebecca Vines(Tel: 07891 795586)

Carol McDowall (Tel: 01242 514582)

David Terry (Tel: 01242 700000)

Sally-Anne Davies (Tel: 01242 241773)

Martyn Fry (Tel:01242 239903)

Child Performance Licence Information

Child Performance Licensing The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 states in section 37 that a child shall not take part in public performances except under the authority of a licence granted by the local authority in whose area the child resides.  This applies to performances by children of 15 years or under at the …read More

Syllabus 2020

Syllabus 2020 for the 94th Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. 5th May to 16th May The Festival is an opportunity for performers to try out their skills in the wonderful setting of Cheltenham Town Hall (and Bethesda Church). There are classes for all ages and abilities. Please browse through the syllabus for this year’s classes …read More

How to Enter

Individual performers or groups can be entered for the Festival online.  Follow the steps below to set up Your Account.  Teachers entering a large number of performers should download and complete a Multiple Entries Form and email it to the appropriate Section Secretary: dance@cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk speechdrama@cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk music@cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk To Enter Online: Set up Your Account:- Click on …read More


As well as all the usual contact information, timetables, competition rules and notices, all the classes for the Festival are listed under the usual headings of Music, Dance, Speech & Drama. Work is now under way to prepare the 2021 Syllabus. If you would like a copy of the 2020 Syllabus to be emailed to …read More

Get Writing

Welcome to the Festival’s Own Composition Classes. Enter for these classes using the on-line entry system (see How to Enter) and pay the appropriate fee. Then, when your composition is ready, use the entry form below to send us your entry. Each poem or story should be typewritten, unsigned and attached to its own entry …read More

On the Day

If this is your first Festival you may be wondering what you need to do on the day when you are performing. The date, time and venue for your class will be published on this website in early April. Do arrive in plenty of time to find the room where your performance will take place …read More