Festival one to watch!


Maidenhead-based business Christopher Ward is to link-up with the Thame Town Music Festival and Convention 2018, which is due to take place on 13th and 14th July 2018. As part of the new association, British watch brand Christopher Ward will be sponsoring the festival’s music industry convention and songwriters’ competition. This is aimed at supporting and educating musicians to help them understand how the music business works, make useful contacts and gain advice on advancing their musical careers.

Thame Town Music Festival and Convention 2018 is a free multi-genre, multi-venue festival based in the market town centre of Thame. The event is aimed at promoting live original music performance from new and established artists. This is the second two-day festival, following a successful debut event in 2017, which saw more than 200 musicians attract over 8,000 visitors during the two days. TTMF18 will take place in up to 10 venues, including an outdoor main stage located in the High Street car park so that the event will be able to showcase a greater number of musical performers.

In 2018, the premium British watch brand will be the headline sponsor for the festival’s music industry convention and songwriters’ competition. The competition, which was launched on 5th April, invites budding songwriters to share their original music by submitting an entry via YouTube. Helen McCall, Christopher Ward’s dead of marketing will sit on the judging panel for the event and work alongside other members of the judging panel to create a shortlist of 10 finalists who will each be invited to perform on Friday 13th July, as part of the Thame Town Music Festival showcase.

The competition judging panel, which includes Christopher Ward, will then select the final winner who will win the chance to perform as a headline act on the second day of the festival (14th July). The winner will also receive financial backing and support from Christopher Ward as part of the competition prize.

Mike France, CEO and co-founder at Christopher Ward, said: ‘We are passionate about supporting talented individuals, who without our backing may otherwise be unable to achieve their dreams. This is something we have been doing for a number of years within the sporting world, through our Challenger Programme and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to extend our support to individuals within the music industry. The Thame Town Musical Festival is a fantastic organisation that we have admired since their launch last year, and so we are delighted to be working alongside their team for the songwriters’ competition in July 2018.’

Info: For further details on how to enter the competition, and to buy tickets to the event, visit

April 11, 2018