Guest. I'm not sure what you believe the F&H weekend to be. If you are suggesting that this is a closed shop restricted to the small number of people who have posted here, then you are mistaken. If it was, then it would not be advertised on a public forum.
It is, as has already been said, a weekend of singing, and as such welcomes people interested in singing. The fact that there has been some banter here amoung F&H regulars does not detract from the standard of the singing, and good singing does not stop people from enjoying themselves.
Festival? I think you were the first person on this thread to use the word. However, it does go on my list of festivals every year, and has done since it started at it's old venue someteen years ago. I wouldn't keep driving 200+ miles for a weekend that wasn't worthwhile.
Polly, there are rumours and there are RUMOURS!! That was well below the belt!!!