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Our syllabus

Choral Singing, Orchestras and Bands

ADJUDICATOR: Robert Marsh, MA, FRSA, FRCO, FISM, ARCM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Stella Redburn, stella_redburn@fast-email.com, 020 8530 3148

All classes have a time limit of ten minutes.

The two pieces may be recorded separately and they may consist of the choir/ band singing or playing individually, or videos which have been recorded in their own home, and then edited together.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the programme may be performed without accompaniment.

However, if you need an accompanist, you can make your own arrangements or you can contact the Official Accompanist Liaison on accompanist.SELMF@gmail.com, who will send you a recorded backing track for you to record yourself against. Fees will apply.

Adjudication will be given based on the competitor’s performance regardless of whether they played with or without accompaniment.

Choral Singing

201 Amateur Choir (Any age)
 

Choirs are required to perform two pieces of Traditional Repertoire, eg Classical, Romantic, etc.

202 Amateur Choir – Contemporary Repertoire (Any age)
 

Choirs are required to perform two pieces of Contemporary Repertoire, eg Musical Theatre, Rock, Pop, etc.

205 Youth Choir (18 yrs & under)
 

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice from any musical show.

206 Junior Choir (10 yrs and under)
 

Choirs are required to perform two songs. The adjudicator will be listening for musicianship and vocal quality.

1. own choice of a traditional/ folk song
2. own choice

210 Infant Choir (7 yrs and under)
 

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice.

At least one of the songs should include actions.

Orchestras and Bands

401 Junior School Orchestra or Band (10 yrs and under)
 

Two contrasting pieces (Time limit 10 minutes)

402 Amateur Instrumental Ensemble (18 yrs and over)
 

Three or more players.

Two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

403 Senior School Orchestra or Band (11 – 18 yrs)
 

Two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Recorder Groups

523 Junior School Recorder Groups (10 yrs and under)
 

Groups are required to perform two contrasting pieces which can be played with or without accompaniment, or they can be accompanied by a backing CD.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Concerto

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Karen Akerman, orchestral.selmf@gmail.com, 07931 707381

On the condition that we have at least six Concerto entries, there will be a prize of £100 for the winner.

801 The Concerto Class (Open)
 

Competitors are required to perform one movement from any standard Concerto for piano, strings, woodwind, recorder, marimba, guitar or harp.

Please state which movement is to be performed and the performing time on your entry form.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, this may be performed without accompaniment. However, if you can get your own accompanist or use a CD to accompany you, that will be permitted.

Adjudication will be given based on the competitor’s performance regardless of whether they played with or without accompaniment.

Confinemento Competitions

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Karen Akerman, orchestral.selmf@gmail.com, 07931 707381

Competitors are required to present a programme consisting of TWO solos, each chosen from a different discipline as listed below.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting two separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

We recommend setting your room up so that the competitor can move from one discipline to another whilst being recorded.

PLEASE NOTE: You may enter both the Millennium and Confinemento Classes but no pieces/ items may be repeated between the two classes.

The Confinemento Competition disciplines are:

1. Singing
2. Piano
3. Strings
4. Guitar
5. Harp
6. Woodwind
7. Brass
8. Percussion
9. Recorder
10. Speech and Drama

903 Confinemento Senior (18 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

902 Confinemento Intermediate (14 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 10 minutes.

901 Confinemento Junior (10 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 6 minutes.

Instrumental Classes

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Karen Akerman, orchestral.selmf@gmail.com, 07931 707381

Competitors may make one entry per class with instruments from the strings, woodwind, brass or percussion family.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the programme may be performed without accompaniment.

However, if you need an accompanist, you can make your own arrangements or you can contact the Official Accompanist Liaison on accompanist.SELMF@gmail.com, who will send you a recorded backing track for you to record yourself against. Fees will apply.

Adjudication will be given based on the competitor’s performance regardless of whether they played with or without accompaniment.

Novice Instrumental

450 Beginner (Pre-Grade 1 Level) (Any age)
 

Competitors must not have taken or prepared for Grade 1.

The piece must be of below Grade 1 level.

Fee to be paid according to age.

Own choice.

(Time limit 1 minute)

Instrumental Recital Classes

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of two or three compositions of contrasting styles and periods. The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of the programme.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

405 Instrumental Recital Class (Open)
 

(Time limit 15 minutes)

406 Instrumental Recital Class (17 yrs and under)
 

(Time limit 13 minutes)

407 Instrumental Recital Class (10 yrs and under)
 

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Instrumental Open Class

451 Open Instrumental Class (Any age)
 

Any Instrument from the strings, woodwind, brass or percussion family.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Graded Instrumental Classes

Competitors are required to perform ONE piece from the appropriate current syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall, Victoria College or London College Examinations.

Pieces from non-exam syllabus are allowed but need to be at the same level/ similar grade. There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age. Please state on the entry form the Examination Board and the year of your choice.

 

467 Instrumental Solo (Grade 8)
 

(Time limit 6 minutes)

466 Instrumental Solo (Grade 7)
 

(Time limit 5 minutes)

465 Instrumental Solo (Grade 6)
 

(Time limit 4 minutes)

464 Instrumental Solo (Grade 5)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

463 Instrumental Solo (Grade 4)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

462 Instrumental Solo (Grade 3)
 

(Time limit 2 minutes)

461 Instrumental Solo (Grade 2)
 

(Time limit 2 minutes)

460 Instrumental Solo (Grade 1)
 

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Millennium Competitions

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Karen Akerman, orchestral.selmf@gmail.com, 07931 707381

On the condition that we have at least three Millennium entries per class, there will be a prize of £25 for the winner of each class.

Competitors are required to present a programme consisting of THREE solos, each chosen from a different discipline as listed below.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting three separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified. We recommend setting your room up so that the competitor can move from one discipline to another whilst being recorded.

The Millennium Competition disciplines are:

1. Singing
2. Piano
3. Strings
4 . Guitar
5. Harp
6. Woodwind
7. Brass
8. Percussion
9. Recorder
10. Speech & Drama

991 Millennium Competition (10 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 10 minutes.

992 Millennium Competition (14 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

993 Millennium Competition (18 yrs and under)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 20 minutes.

Piano

ADJUDICATOR: Anthony Williams, MMus (Dist), DipRAM, GRSM (Hons), ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
jo.clarinet@btopenworld.com

Attention pianists, please check out these other categories as you may wish to participate: Concerto Class, Young Musician of the Year and Millennium Competitions.

The Felix Marr award of £500 will be presented in memory of Felix Marr (1947 – 2012) by his family and friends. It will be awarded to the competitor gaining the highest mark in the open piano classes, provided that they have obtained a mark of 90 or more.

Piano Recital Classes

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of two or three compositions of contrasting styles and periods.

The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of the programme.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

301 Open Piano Recital Class (Any age)
 

(Grade 8 and above) (Time limit 15 minutes)

310 Junior Piano Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)
 

(Grade 5 and above) (Time limit 10 minutes)

Solo Piano Classes

From any style and period, including Jazz.

311 Open Piano Class (Any age)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

314 Piano Solo (17 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)

316 Piano Solo (15 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

318 Piano Solo (13 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

320 Piano Solo (11 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

322 Piano Solo (9 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

324 Piano Solo (7 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

325 Piano Solo (5 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Graded Piano Classes

One piece from current syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall or London College Exams.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the music is chosen. There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age.

Please state on the entry form the Examination Board and the year of your music.

329 Piano Solo (Grades 7 and 8)
330 Piano Solo (Grades 5 and 6)
331 Piano Solo (Grade 4)
332 Piano Solo (Grade 3)
333 Piano Solo (Grade 2)
334 Piano Solo (Grade 1)

Jazz Piano Classes

Jazz, blues or ragtime

339 Jazz Piano Solo (17 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)

340 Jazz Piano Solo (15 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)

341 Jazz Piano Solo (13 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

342 Jazz Piano Solo (11 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.
(Time limit 3 minutes)`

343 Jazz Piano Solo (9 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

346 Jazz Piano Solo (7 yrs and under)

Novice Piano

350 Beginner (Pre-Grade 1 Level) Piano
 

The chosen piece must be of below Grade 1 level, and competitors must not have passed Grade 1 or higher.

Fee to be paid according to age.

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Recorders

ADJUDICATOR: Andrew Collis, LTCL

Please address any queries to the class convenor:
Cathy Davies, wemco14@hotmail.com, 020 8501 3763

Attention recorder players. Please check out these other categories as you may wish to participate: Concerto class, Young Musician of the Year and Millennium Competitions.

Recorder Recital Classes

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of three compositions of contrasting styles and periods. The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of the programme.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

501 Recorder Recital Class (Open)
 

(Time limit 15 minutes)

502 Recorder Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)
 

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Open and Senior Recorder Classes

503 Advanced Recorder Solo (Open)
 

Competitors are required to perform two movements from a Recorder Sonata written for any instrument of the consort.

The choice of work will be taken into consideration.

Please note the performing time on the entry form.

504 Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform any composition(s) of their own choice on any instrument of the consort.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

505 Baroque Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform any music from the Baroque period.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

506 Renaissance Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform any composition(s) written between 1400 and 1600.

Arrangements will be accepted.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

507 Senior 20th/21st Century Solo (11 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform any composition(s) written since 1900.

Arrangements will be accepted.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

508 Senior Descant Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

Junior Recorder Classes

528 Renaissance Recorder Solo (10 years and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform any composition from the period 1400-1600.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

509 Junior Recorder Solo (10 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform on any instrument of the consort.

Own choice.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

510 Junior Descant Recorder Solo (10 yrs and under)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

513 Junior 20th/21st Century Solo (10 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform any composition written since 1900.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

514 Junior Folk Tune Recorder Solo (10 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform a traditional melody from any country.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

515 Recorder Solo (9 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)

516 Novice Recorder Solo
 

Competitors should have received less than one year of tuition at the time of entry.

There is no age limit.

Fee to be paid according to age.

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Recorder Examination Pieces

Competitors are required to perform ONE piece from the appropriate current syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall, or London College Examinations.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the choice is made.

There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age.

Please state on the entry form the Exam Board and the year of your choice.

517 Recorder Solo (Grades 6, 7 and 8)
518 Recorder Solo (Grades 4 and 5)
519 Recorder Solo (Grades 1, 2 and 3)

Recorder Consorts and Groups

Recordings must comply with the prevailing government guidance at the time.

524 Recorder Consort (Open)
 

It is required that there is just one instrument to a part, and that there should be NO conductor, accompaniment or percussion.

Own choice.

(Time limit 6 minutes)

525 Junior Recorder Consort (10 yrs and under)
 

It is required that there is just one instrument to a part, and that there should be NO conductor, accompaniment or percussion.

Own choice (Time limit 4 minutes)

526 Recorder Group (Open)
 

Three or more players are required to perform two contrasting items of their own choice.

(Time limit 8 minutes)

527 Junior Recorder Group (10 yrs and under)
 

Three or more players are required to perform two contrasting items of their own choice.

(Time limit 6 minutes)

Solo & Ensemble Singing

ADJUDICATOR: Belinda Mikhaïl, BMus (Hons), PgDipRCM, ARCM

Please address any queries to the convenor: singing.selmf@gmail.com

Attention singers! Please check out these other categories as you may wish to participate: Young Musician of the Year, Millennium Competitions and the Music Theatre classes.

Singing Recital Classes

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of three compositions of contrasting styles and periods.

The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of the programme.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the programme may be performed without accompaniment.

However, if you need an accompanist, you can make your own arrangements or you can contact the Official Accompanist Liaison on accompanist.SELMF@gmail.com, who will send you a recorded backing track for you to record yourself against. Fees will apply.

Adjudication will be given based on the competitor’s performance regardless of whether they played with or without accompaniment.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

101 Adult Singing Recital Class (18 yrs and over)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

102 Junior Singing Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)
 

The overall programme must not exceed 10 minutes.

103 Lila Grisley Open Singing Recital Class (any age)
 

In memory of Lila Grisley (1921-2008).

On the condition that we have at least six entries, there will be a
prize of £100 for the winner.

Competitors are required to perform four songs or arias from the following categories. No two songs to be from the same category.

1. Purcell/ Dowland
2. Italian songs and arias
3. Lieder
4. Opera
5. English art song
6. Sacred and oratorio music
7. Chanson

The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

Singing Classes

178 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (7 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

128 English Art Song (50 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform ONE song, for example by Dring, Gibbs, Head, Ireland, L’Estrange, Quilter, Vaughan Williams or Warlock.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

137 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (10 to 11 yrs)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

138 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (8 to 9 yrs)
 

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)

140 Religious Song (14 yrs and under)
 

Own Choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

142 Singing Solo (Grades 7 and 8)
 

Competitors are required to perform ONE song from the most recent syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall, or London College Examinations.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the choice is made. There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age.

Please state on the entry form the Examination Board and the year of your choice.

143 Singing Solo (Grades 4 to 6)
 

Competitors are required to perform ONE song from the most recent syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall, or London College Examinations.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the choice is made. There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age.

Please state on the entry form the Examination Board and the year of your choice.

145 Singing Solo (Grades 1 to 3)
 

Competitors are required to perform ONE song from the most recent syllabus of the Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall, or London College Examinations.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the choice is made. There is no age limit on any of these classes. The fee is to be paid according to age.

Please state on the entry form the Examination Board and the year of your choice.

152 Traditional song (11 to 18 yrs)
 

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)

153 Traditional song (10 yrs and under)
 

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)

156 Songs from the Shows (14 to 17 yrs)
 

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film).

(Time limit 3 minutes)

157 Songs from the Shows (11 to 13 yrs)
 

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film).

(Time limit 3 minutes)

158 Songs from the Shows (10 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film).

(Time limit 3 minutes)

160 Songs from the Shows (18 yrs and over)
 

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film).

(Time limit 4 minutes)

174 Popular Songs (14 yrs and under)
 

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Speech and Drama

ADJUDICATOR:  Katrina Mulvihill, RBTC (QTS Hons), LRAM, AGSM, ALAM, IPA

Please address any queries to the class convenor:
Matthew Taylor, matthewrtaylor34@gmail.com, 07484 648005

Attention Speech and Drama competitors. Please check out the Millennium Competitions as you may wish to participate.

All pieces must be performed from memory, unless stated to the contrary.

Costume is optional and no marks are awarded for it. Simple props are permitted.

Competitors must adhere carefully to the time limits.

Verse speaking classes may incorporate occasional gestures in performance where deemed appropriate.

Speech & Drama Challenge Classes

601 Acting Challenge (Any age)
 

Competitors will choose two pieces, based on a theme, which can be performed in any order; the whole recital not to exceed 10 minutes.

A brief introduction should be given with an appropriate link between each piece.

The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance, the content and choice of the programme.

1. Verse
2. EITHER: a piece of prose OR a speech from a play OR a devised speech.

602 Junior Acting Challenge (14 yrs and under)
 

Competitors will choose two pieces, based on a theme, which can be performed in any order; the whole recital not to exceed 8 minutes.

A brief introduction should be given with an appropriate link between each piece.

The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance, the content and choice of the programme.

1. Verse
2. EITHER: a piece of prose OR a speech from a play OR a devised speech.

603 Acting Challenge Class (14 – 18 yrs)
 

Competitors will perform two speeches including a short introduction.

The whole programme must not exceed 8 minutes.

The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of programme.

1. A speech from a published play.
2. A contrasting devised speech written by the candidate

604 Poetry Writing and Performance (15 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to perform a poem that they have written.

The poem must be written in one of the following styles: narrative, sonnet or lyric.

For the purposes of this competition, a lyric poem is defined as the thoughts and feelings (moods, meditations) of a single voice, not necessarily that of the poet.

The theme is “LOCKDOWN”.

Marks will be awarded for both content and delivery.

Humorous Solo

Competitors are required to perform from memory a piece of Humorous Verse of their own choice.

605 Humorous Solo (Any age)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Prose Speaking

Competitors are required to perform from memory a piece of prose of their own choice. The passage may be taken from any book of fact or fiction but MUST be age appropriate.

610 Senior Prose Speaking (15 yrs and over)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

613 Junior Prose Speaking (14 yrs and under)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Verse Speaking

Competitors will select and perform from memory a LYRIC poem of their own choice. A lyric poem is defined as the thoughts and feelings (moods and meditations) of a single voice, not necessarily that of the poet. Poems chosen should be age-appropriate.

615 Junior Verse Speaking (14 yrs and under)
 

(Time limit 2 minutes)

618 Senior Verse Speaking (15 yrs and over)
 

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Communication Skills

Competitors will give a talk on a topic of their own choosing. Cards may be used in these classes as an aide memoir. However, marks will be deducted for over-use of notes. Simple visual aids may be incorporated.

629 Communication (Any age)
 

(Time limit 3 mins)

Storytelling

632 Storytelling (10 yrs and under)
 

Competitors are required to talk or tell a story about an object which they have brought with them.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Musical Theatre

Competitors are required to perform a song and a scene/ speech as a sequence. These can come from any source and be presented in any order. However, there must be a smooth transition between the two elements as though performing in the context of musical theatre.

An introduction must be included. Marks will be awarded for the choice of material as well as the overall performance. Costume/ props may be used, but they will not be reflected in the marking.

The whole programme must be recorded as one continuous video. Submitting separate videos will not be allowed and will be disqualified.

636 Solo Musical Theatre (Any age)
 

(Time limit 8 minutes)

Acting & Singing Pairs

Pairs will perform a scene and a song as a sequence that demonstrates the ability of both performers equally. A shared introduction must be included.

Recordings must comply with the prevailing government guidance at the time.

640 Acting & Singing Pairs (Any age)
 

(Time limit 8 minutes)

Acting

Competitors are required to perform either a speech from a published play post 1900 or a devised speech. A brief introduction must be included.

644 Senior Solo Acting (15 yrs and over)
 

(Time limit 5 minutes)

646 Junior Solo Acting (14 yrs and under)
 

(Time limit 3 mins)

Classical Theatre

Competitors will perform a speech from a play written before 1900. A brief introduction must be included.

649 Classical Theatre (Any age)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

Duologue

Competitors are required to perform a scene from any source, together with a brief shared introduction.

Recordings must comply with the prevailing government guidance at the time.

651 Duologue (Any age)
 

Own choice.

(Time limit 8 minutes)

Young Musician of the Year

ADJUDICATOR: Rosanna Whitfield, DipRCM, ARCM, PGCE

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Olivia Burren, contact.selmf@gmail.com, 020 8504 0664

There are no extra fees to pay for this section.

Up to ten young musicians (pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists) aged 11-17 yrs will be selected to take part in this competition.

NB Entering recital classes in the main festival will provide a good showcase for a competitor’s selection; competitors will be chosen on the basis of their performance during the festival.

Selected competitors will be invited to submit their recital of three pieces. They may use videos already used in the competition or they may submit additional videos.

The three pieces may be performed and filmed separately, if preferred, but the full recital length should not exceed 10 minutes.

The winner will be presented with the Young Musician of the Year trophy. The winner will also receive a cheque for £100.