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Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

This year the Bedfordshire Festival went ahead through participants entering their recorded performances on video. Then from Monday 8th to Friday 12th March each evening at 7.30pm to 8.30pm the adjudicators live, through Zoom, fed back their adjudications.

I am pleased to say that Denbigh kept up their tradition, begun in 2017, of continuing to enter a selection of students from Year 7 through to Year 10. Each and every one of this year's entrants did themselves and the school proud. There are six categories of achievement:


Our students all achieved from Merit and above. This was especially impressive from our students as they had to rehearse primarily on their own at home.

All except one entry was in Verse Speaking Solos – this was a first for us to enter students in this category as verse speaking is a whole art form of its own. That is why the achievement of students this year is particularly impressive. Our dramatic solo performance from a Year 9 GCSE Drama student was a little tour de force by Aqeeb Nazir as Atticus Finch in the famous courtroom speech from To Kill a Mockingbird.

We had two Distinctions – Akif Ahnaf with his Michael Rose poem I’m the Youngest in my House and Nabidul Islam with his Perter Mortimer poem Babies are Boring. We had four Commended, Eiman Ali with Roald Dahl’s Down Vith Children an extract from The Witches. We had six Merits with poems ranging from the classic Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 28 – My Letters! All Dead Paper to the modern Creative Writing by Gervase Phinn.

Please watch and enjoy the energy and exhilaration of just a sample of three of our Excellent Bedfordshire Festival Performers: Afif Ahnaf, Nabidul Islam and Eiman Ali.


See below for the students performances:

Akif Ahnaf

Nabidul Islam

Eiman Ali