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The Scheme


Do you want free tickets to festival events this May? If you are between 16 and 30 you can!


By becoming a Newbury Spring Festival Critic you can select the events you want to come to and in return submit a review!


Young Festival Critics is an exciting scheme enabling young people, who have a passion for the arts and writing to explore new experiences while building their writing and CV skills.


We will ask the critics to focus on writing meaningful observations looking at the relationship between the performing arts and reviewing. The Festival offers a world class programme of events to cover. The scheme enables young people to not only experience new work, but also attend some of the Festivals amazing venues around Berkshire.


It's simple. Come to a Festival event and write a review of your experience.




YOUNG FESTIVAL CRITICS 2012 Includes reviews & winners YOUNG FESTIVAL CRITICS 2013 Includes reviews & winners YOUNG FESTIVAL CRITICS 2014 Includes reviews & winners



How to be a Young Festival Critic



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The results




The Competiton



There are prizes for the best, and most well written, reviews:


£100 top prize and 2 x £50 for the runners up.


Previous Judges:


Edward Seckerson - Formerly Chief Classical Music Critic of the Independent, still reporting for several national newspapers.

Kate Green – Editor of Country Life magazine.

Trish Lee – Arts Editor, Newbury weekly News

Giles Woodforde – Arts Critic, Oxford Times

Barry Millington - Arts Critic, The Guardian



Edward Seckerson

Chief Classical Music Critic, The Independent


"Criticism is still so misunderstood. Is it good or bad, the best or the worst, we critics are asked - and no matter how many times we care to explain that things are rarely black or white and it's the shades of grey in between that make something interesting or not the most sensational quotes will always make their way on to the hoardings and the well written, well balanced, review will more as not be put to one side.


For me the opinion has always mattered less than the way in which it is expressed and in an age where the most outspoken among us don't always feel it is necessary to substantiate their views in any thoughtful, meaningful, way it's great that schemes like Newbury's Young Festival Critics are giving a platform to budding young arts enthusiasts with something to say.


Sharing the experience of a play, a film, a concert, or piece of art or literature is what it is all about. The best critics make us feel part of that experience whether or not we were there ourselves. I like to think that doing so is an art in itself."


Made possible by Greenham Common Trust

Your reviews will be an important link between the Festival and our audiences, spreading the word about these amazing events.

Tickets will be allocated according to the Critics Choice

Join the YOUNG CRITICS and discover a world of new music!

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