- In graded and own choice pieces, it is important to complete the appropriate section on the entry form regarding the time of the piece. This information is required in order for the timetable to be compiled. Failure to provide this information may result in the non-acceptance of the entry.
- Title of Own Choice music must be filled in. This must be the actual piece and not the title of the book.
- No competitor is allowed to perform the same item in more than one own choice class, except in the case of Choirs, and in Chamber Music classes, providing a different instrument is played. Competitors may act as accompanists.
- In all own choice classes a copy of the music must be given to the adjudicator’s steward just before performance. Own choice pieces may only be changed up until the programme goes to print. Contact Music Secretary about this. If there is no music copy for the Adjudicator or the piece has been changed later an adjudication will be given but no marks awarded.
- BEGINNERS CLASSES. These classes are for competitors who have been learning their instrument for less than one year and have not reached the standard of the Graded Classes.
- GRADED CLASSES. Competitors should enter the class of the Grade they are working at (eg Grade 3). The piece must be chosen from any of standard graded examination syllabus of the relevant grade. For competitors who wish to enter with more than one instrument, this is allowed, but the same rule will apply.
- The music chosen for the competition must be used in the edition specified.
- Repeats in own choice pieces are optional.
- COPYRIGHT. When an own choice work is selected from a volume and it is not published separately, one copy, which must be totally legible, may be made for the use of the Adjudicator, provided that the copy is destroyed after the competition. The copy in vocal classes must have the melody line. This permission does not apply to making copies for the accompanist who must be supplied with the printed copy. Single copies of items selected may not be copied without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Failure to comply with this will result in disqualification. No photocopies to be used by the competitor or members of ensembles / bands unless they have written consent from the copyright holder.
- WARM UP ROOMS. For Brass, Woodwind, Recorders, Strings and Guitars, a room will be allocated for the warming up of instruments, so only fine tuning will be allowed in the competition room – no more than one minute per individual, two minutes per ensemble & five minutes for school bands with more than twelve players. A warm up room will also be available for vocalists.
- Since part of a performance is the ability to liaise between the performers in Duets /Trios the presence of conductors is not allowed.
- For Ensembles (up to 8 players) aged 14 years and over, tuning should be done by the group/ensemble themselves.
- PIANO SOLO – 20th CENTURY. The following composers are suggested as a stylistic guideline: Bartok, Copland, Chavez, Dallapiccola, Hindemith, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Schoënberg, Stravinsky, Tippett, Webern. Entries offering alternative choices will be considered, provided the style of music is deemed appropriate.
- JAZZ PIANO. A copy of the original music on which the improvisation is based must be provided for the adjudicator on the day of the festival.
- RECITAL CLASSES. A good standard of performance is expected, but performance from memory is not obligatory. Competitors should aim to give a balanced programme of 2 or 3 contrasting pieces, wear suitable dress and display a good platform manner. Recital pieces must not be repeated in other classes.
- ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD CLASSES
a) All competitors must provide their own keyboard
b) Competitors are entitled to set up their instruments before the session begins. (8.00am- 9-00am)
c) In Classes M30 – M34 the use of musical sequencing and programmed disc drives is NOT permitted. However the use of discs/SD cards for the purpose of setting registrations is permitted.
i. You are required to state whether you are using Single Fingered or Fingered Chords.
ii. Information regarding choice of registration and any changes (Style and Voice) for pieces, must be marked on the adjudicator’s copies.
d) In Class M35 Real time sequencing is permitted subject to the following regulations:
i. MIDI Tracks and Step Record are strictly forbidden. It must be REAL TIME record, actively performed by the participating student and no other person
ii. That it is of a performance standard appropriate to the general musicianship shown by the participant during the performance
iii. That such features enhance the performance in a musical and appropriate way.
iv. That sequencing parts are clearly marked in the music score provided for the adjudicator.
Note: Marks will be deducted for overuse.
e) CDs/ipods may be used to allow for quick registration set-up.
f) If forbidden recording devices are used c) i ) an adjudication but no mark will be given.
g) If information required in c) ii or d) iv is not on the adjudicator’s copy, again an adjudication but no mark will be given.
h) A copy (with required details) must be handed to the Adjudicator prior to performance.
Competitors requiring the services of the official accompanist must make the request on the entry form.
A small contribution for this service is required. Accompanist fees £8 where the age limit is 16 years and under and up to and including Grade 5 in Graded Classes; £12.50 for Open Classes, 17 years & above and Grade 6 and above, £15 for Choirs and £17.50 for Recital Classes. This Fee must be included with entry and is non-returnable.
A copy of the own choice music, clearly labeled with name of competitor and class number, must be sent to the Accompanists’ Secretary: Mr Stephen Read, 190 Pinfold Lane, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 4HB NO LATER THAN Friday 19th January 2024.
Where possible each piece to be placed in a wallet, unless a volume has been sent. The copy must not be stapled / cellotaped together. PLEASE DO NOT FOLD MUSIC AND SEND IN A LARGE ENVELOPE. A further copy will be required for the adjudicator on the day.
At the discretion of the Accompanist a rehearsal may be arranged prior to the Festival. If this is required the competitor should negotiate with the Accompanist as an extra fee will be charged for this service.
Note: If music is not provided, or contact made, by Friday 19th January 2024, IT WILL BE ASSUMED THAT ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE AND THAT THE SERVICES OF THE OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED. To avoid disappointment, it is strongly advised that music should be sent by recorded post. Proof of posting will be necessary if music arrives too late for the Accompanist to accept.
- VOCALISTS / INSTRUMENTALISTS requiring accompaniment are not permitted to use backing tracks with pre-recorded vocals. Only CD or live accompaniments will be permitted.
- VOCAL/SPEECH CLASSES (M130 and M138). The song for this class is to be any English Song from 18thor 19thcentury. Ideally both the spoken and sung elements should be memorized. In these classes the competitor is required to either speak the poem or speak about the song chosen as well as sing it etc. as Speech and Singing are adjudicated EQUALLY.
- SONGS FROM THE SHOWS. All performances using shows in current production are subject to copyright law. They may be sung as a concert item, ie. with no costume, without the need for copyright permission.