Century-old festival is honoured for excellence

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The Oundle Festival of Music and Drama has been handed a good practice award by an umbrella organisation representing festivals in Britain and around the world.

And it means the Oundle Festival is one of only a handful in the UK to have won the British and International Federation of Festivals prize twice. They were last recognised in 2008.

Oundle held its first festival in April 1909, organised by Lady Millicent Lilford of Lilford Hall.

Originally a singing competition, in 1968, it opened classes in speech and drama. Today there are more than 200 classes on offer. The syllabus for the 2015 festival, to be held in April, is available at Oundle Bookshop or at www.ofmd.org.uk. Entries close on January 28.