AFRICAN drumming classes are to feature for the first time in the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival.
Junior, high school and open classes are being invited to enter the event which runs over nine days in February.
Groups of up to 15 drummers with a director can play either a Djembe, a West African hand drum or a Dunun, a West African bass drum.
The 118th festival runs in Huddersfield Town Hall and Huddersfield University between February 16 and 24.
Closing date for entries is at 12 noon on Saturday November 18.
Festival general secretary Elaine Lee said the festival featured several new classes.
There are new Shakespearean acted scenes in the drama classes.
Royal Opera bass Nigel Cliffe will also lead a mini master class following the vocal classes.
Nigel studied music in Huddersfield and gave a successful master class at the festival in 1995. He is adjudicating again this time.
Among some of the other highlights of the festival will be the vocal finals night on Saturday February 17 and the gala evening concert on Saturday February 24, which will feature winning choirs and the new Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.
Syllabuses are on sale in Williams Music Shop on Market Street at 80p.
They are also available from the Huddersfield Tourist Information Centre on Albion Street along with concert tickets.
Details of the set books for the speech classes can be obtained from the festival website at: www.mrs-sunderlandmusic.org.uk or from Elaine Lee on 01484 450321.