Piano

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NB The closing date for entries is 20 December 2021.

Our syllabus

Millennium Competitions

ADJUDICATOR: Charlotte Hill, BMus (Hons), MMus

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

Millennium Competitions will be held for competitors aged: 16 yrs & over, 15 yrs & under, and 10 yrs & under.

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

Competitors may repeat only one item performed in another class during the festival. The adjudicator will take into consideration the quality of the performance and the choice of programme.

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)

Dr. and Mrs. M. Schwartz Millennium Cup

The overall programme must not exceed 10 minutes.
992 Millennium Competition (14 yrs and under)

Friends Millennium Cup

The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.
993 Millennium Competition (17 yrs and under)

Katie Ayers Millennium Cup

The overall programme must not exceed 20 minutes.

Confinemento Competitions

ADJUDICATOR: Charlotte Hill, BMus (Hons), MMus

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

The Confinemento classes (named after the confinement suffered during the countrywide lockdown due to the Covid pandemic) was introduced for the 2021 online festival. The classes were very  popular and we have decided to retain them.

This category acts as a memorial to how Covid changed the world and this festival, and challenged us to work and think differently.

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

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

901 Confinemento Junior (10 yrs and under)
The overall programme must not exceed 6 minutes.
902 Confinemento Intermediate (14 yrs and under)
The overall programme must not exceed 10 minutes.
903 Confinemento Senior (17 yrs and under)
The overall programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

Young Musician of the Year

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Olivia Burren, 07792 517700, contact.selmf@gmail.com

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.

Competitors will be chosen on the basis of their performance during the festival. There are no specific qualifying classes, but competitors will be required to perform a recital of up to ten minutes.

Entering recital classes in the main festival will provide a good showcase for a competitor’s selection. Competitors will be allowed to play/ sing items which they have already performed elsewhere  in the festival.

The winner will be presented with the Young Musician of the Year trophy and will also receive a cheque for £500.

Concerto

ADJUDICATOR: Charlotte Hill, BMus (Hons), MMus

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

801 The Concerto Class (Open)

The Concerto Class Shield

Competitors are required to perform one movement from any standard concerto for Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Recorder, Guitar or Harp.

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

Ideally, competitors should bring their own accompanist (two pianos will be available).

The winner of this class will be awarded a prize of £100 and a small shield which they get to keep.

Solo & Ensemble Singing

ADJUDICATOR: Benjamin Costello, MA, PGDip. BMus, FRSA

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Cathy Edkins, cathy.edkins@btinternet.com

Attention singers! Please check out these other categories as you may wish to participate: Young Musician of the Year, Millennium Competitions and the Musical Theatre Classes in the Speech &  Drama section.

The Margery Schwartz Cup will be awarded to a singer aged over 18 with the most outstanding style and presentation, as decided upon by the adjudicator.

The Lila Grisley Award of £100 will be presented in memory of Lila Grisley (1921-2008). It will be awarded to the competitor gaining the highest mark in Class 103 (18 yrs and over). In the event of a tie, the final decision will be made by the adjudicator.

We will make every effort to schedule adult classes in the evening sessions. We will also aim to schedule older children (11-18) in the early part of the week and the younger ones later in the week.

However no definitive decisions on the scheduling times can be made until we have all the entry numbers. We thank you for your patience.

Singing Recital Classes

101 Singing Recital Class (18 yrs and over)

Felix Marr Memorial Cup

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of three songs of contrasting styles and periods. The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance, the choice of the programme, and for singing from memory. (Time limit 15 minutes)
102 Junior Singing Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)
Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of three songs of contrasting styles and periods. The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance, the choice of the programme, and for singing from memory.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

 

103 Lila Grisley Award Challenge Recital Class (18 yrs and over)

J. Spencer Curwen Memorial Challenge Bowl

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

(Time limit 15 minutes)

Open Singing Classes

104 Wartime Favourites (any age)

Westcott Cup

Own choice of a song popularised by the 1st or 2nd World Wars. (Time limit 4 minutes)
105 Humorous Song (any age)

Moon-Little Cup

Own choice of a humorous song by, for example, Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swann, Noel Coward, etc. (Time limit 4 minutes)
106 Music Hall Song (any age)

Ronald Hills Memorial Award

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
107 English in Song and Speech (Open)

AESS Cup

Competitors are required to perform a song and a poem or piece of prose, both of which were originally written in English. The adjudicator will also take into account the introduction explaining the themed choice. The winner of this class will receive a prize of £25. (Time limit 6 minutes)

Classical Style Songs

108 Grand Opera (18 yrs and over)

Rose Cup

Own choice. May be sung in the original language or in English. (Time limit 6 minutes)
109 Light Opera/Operetta (18 yrs and over)

Ernest Fudge Cup

Own choice of an aria from a light opera or operetta by, for example, Edward German, Franz Lehár, Ivor Novello, Johann Strauss, Gilbert and Sullivan. (Time limit 4 minutes)
110 Sacred and Oratorio (16 yrs and over)

Mabel Tarrant Cup

Own choice. May be sung in the original language or in English. (Time limit 6 minutes)
111 Early English song (pre 1674) (16 yrs and over)

Doris Wallen Cup

112 Lieder Class (16 yrs and over)

Lieder Cup

Competitors are required to perform ONE song in German by Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, R Strauss or Wolf. Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
113 English Art Song (16 yrs and over)

William Graham Memorial Challenge Cup

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)
114 International Art Song (16 yrs and over)

Gwen Flower Cup

Own choice of a song from any country except Britain or Germany. (Time limit 5 minutes)
115 Bach, Handel or Mozart (16 yrs and over)

Janet Gorman Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
116 Classical Style Songs (15 to 17 yrs)

Peter J. Pirie Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
117 Classical Style Songs (11 to 14 yrs)

Secretary’s Singing Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Jazz Classes

Competitors are required to perform a song in jazz style. It can be a spiritual, blues, ragtime, bebop, or vocalisation. Some improvisation is recommended. Ideally you should bring your own accompanist or a backing CD.

118 Jazz style song (18 yrs and over)

Ewington Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
119 Jazz style song (17 and under)
Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Boys & Girls Own Choice Songs

120 Boys and Girls Solo (12 to 13 yrs)

Leslie Gorrod Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
121 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (10 to 11 yrs)

Daphne and Archie Granditer Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
122 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (8 to 9 yrs)

Tonie Berger Cup

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)
123 Boys and Girls Singing Solo (7 yrs and under)

Laura Sproit Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Religious Songs

124 Religious Song (11 to 15 yrs)

Stockwell Family Cup

Own Choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
125 Religious Song (10 yrs and under)

Walter Tee Trophy

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Graded Singing Examination Classes

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.

126 Singing Solo (Grades 7 and 8)

Dorothy Parnum Memorial Cup

127 Singing Solo (Grades 5 and 6)

James Allen Hatch Cup

128 Singing Solo (Grades 3 and 4)

Goss-Gamage Cup

129 Singing Solo (Grades 1 and 2)

Dr. Morris Schwartz Cup

Unaccompanied Traditional Song

Traditional Songs are folk songs originating among the native people of a region and forming part of their culture. It can be sung in any language or key. The first note or the key-chord may be played on the piano to establish pitch. If the song uses words other than English, a short translation should be read to the audience and adjudicator first.

130 Traditional Song (18 yrs and over)

Plessey Challenge Cup

Own choice (Time limit 4 minutes).
131 Traditional Song (15 to 17 yrs)

Enid Dobinson Memorial Cup

Own choice, (Time limit 3 minutes)
132 Traditional Song ( 11 to 14 yrs)

Christine Spiers Cup

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)
133 Traditional Song (10 yrs and under)

Junior Folk Song Cup

Own choice, (Time limit 3 minutes)

Accompanied Traditional Song

Traditional Songs are folk songs originating among the native people of a region and forming part of their culture. It can be sung in any language or key. If the song uses words other than English, a short translation should be read to the audience and adjudicator first.

134 Traditional song (18yrs and over)

Tina Davidson Cup

Own choice (time limit 4 minutes)
135 Traditional song (15 to 17 yrs)

Anna Knight Cup

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)
136 Traditional song (11 to 14 yrs)

Catherine Margaret Elsky Cup

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)
137 Traditional song (10 yrs and under)

Pamela Cairns Cup

Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes)

Songs From The Shows (Pre 1960)

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film) published up to and including 1960.

138 Songs from the Shows (Pre 1960) (18 yrs and over)

Barbara Halestrap Cup

(Time limit 4 minutes)
139 Songs from the Shows (Pre1960) (15 to 17 yrs)

Mildred Pirie Memorial Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
140 Songs from the Shows (Pre 1960) (11 to 14 yrs)

Joy Harris Memorial Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
141 Songs from the Shows (Pre 1960) (10 yrs and under)

Secretary’s Cup Junior Songs from the Shows

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Songs From The Shows (1961 – 1990)

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film) published between 1961 and 1990

142 Songs from the Shows (1961-1990) (18 yrs and over)

Ronald Spiers Cup

(Time limit 4 minutes)
143 Songs from the Shows (1961-1990) (15 to 17 yrs)

Peter Lawrence Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
144 Songs from the Shows (1961-1990) (11 to 14 yrs)

Redbridge Mencap Trophy

(Time limit 3 minutes)
145 Songs from the Shows (1961-1990) (10 yrs and under)

Junior Singing Challenge Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Songs From The Shows (Post 1991)

Competitors are required to perform a solo from any musical show (stage or film) published from 1991 onwards.

146 Songs from the Shows (Post 1991) (18 yrs and over)

Dr Laurence Allen Challenge Cup

(Time limit 4 minutes)
147 Songs from the Shows (Post 1991) (15 to 17 yrs)

Ruby Hanwell Cup

(Time limit 4 minutes)
148 Songs from the Shows (Post 1991) (11 to 14 yrs)

Ronald Skillet Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
149 Songs from the Shows (Post 1991) (10 yrs and under)

Kathlyn Ryan Memorial Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Ensemble Classes

Competitors are required to perform in small groups of two to nine people. Own choice. Part-singing is essential and there must be only ONE singer to each part.

150 Ensemble (any age)

Plessey Ensemble Cup

(Time limit 6 minutes)
151 Ensemble (18 yrs and under)

Group Award Cup

(Time limit 4 minutes)
152 Ensemble (11 yrs and under)

Ensemble Class Challenge Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)

Senior Citizens’ Class

153 Senior Citizens Class (60 yrs and over)

Butler Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Non-Competitive Singing Classes

These are non-competitive classes and would suit people who would like an opportunity to perform and receive feedback on their performance without the pressure of competition.

154 Non-competitive singing – Classical Song Style (any age)
Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
155 Non-competitive singing – Songs From The Shows (any age)
Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes

Popular Songs (written or arranged after 1950)

171 Popular Songs (18 yrs and over)
Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
172 Popular Songs (15 to 17 yrs)

Peter Sewell Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
173 Popular Songs (11 to 14 yrs)

Redbridge Singing Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
174 Popular Songs (10 yrs and under)

New Decade Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Choirs, Orchestras and Bands

ADJUDICATOR: James Kirby, GRSM, ARAM

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

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Church, High Road, South Woodford, London, E18 2PA

All classes have a time limit of ten minutes. Please remember to give the number in each group on the entry form.

Where an own choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided that  the choir has already purchased its own copy. The photocopy made will be retained and destroyed immediately after the event.

The accompanist should always be given a printed copy – it is illegal to perform from photocopies of published music.

In the case of junior and infant choirs, if the piece is improvised or taught by ear then the requirement to provide a copy can be waived. In all other cases, a copy must be provided in order to  receive an adjudication.

All pieces in this section can be played with or without accompaniment, or they can be accompanied by a backing track.

Choral Singing

201 Amateur Choir (Any age)

Throne Challenge Cup

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces; at least one of which must be Classical or Romantic Repertoire.
202 Amateur Choir – Contemporary Repertoire (Any age)

Clarnico Cup

Choirs are required to perform two pieces of Contemporary Repertoire, eg Musical Theatre, Rock, Pop, etc.
203 Amateur Choir – Free choice (Any age)

Holland Young Associates Cup

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces. This may include classical songs, early music, folk song arrangements, musical theatre, modern compositions, world music, jazz, pop, etc.
204 Senior Youth Choir (11 to 16 yr)

Challenge Cup

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice.
205 Youth Choir (18 yrs & under)

Challenge Cup

Choirs are required to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice from any musical show.
206 Junior Choir (11 yrs and under)

Junior Choirs Challenge Cup/ The Delcor Cup (Runners Up)

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)

Cantori Vocal Ensemble Cup

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 (11 yrs and under)

Orchestra Cup

Two contrasting pieces. Repertoire may be classical, romantic, jazz, big band, etc. (Time limit 10 minutes)
403 Senior School Orchestra or Band (11 – 18 yrs)

The Sir JB Slade JP Cup

Two contrasting pieces. Repertoire may be classical, romantic, jazz, big band, etc.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Recorder Groups

522 Wider Opportunities Class (10 yrs and under)

Group Musicianship Cup

This class is for primary schools participating in the Wider Opportunities Scheme. Groups are required to perform two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

523 Junior School Recorder Groups (11 yrs and under)

Churchfields Junior School Recorder Cup

Groups are required to perform two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 10 minutes)

Piano

ADJUDICATOR: Graeme Humphrey, ARAM

Please address any queries to the convenor:
Jo Brown: 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 EPTA UK Cup will be awarded to the most outstanding pianists under the age of 18, as decided upon by the adjudicator.

The Felix Marr award of £500 will be presented in memory of Felix Marr (1947 – 2012) by his family, relatives and friends. It will be awarded to the competitor gaining the highest mark in the  open piano classes 301 – 309 (inclusive). In the event of a tie, the final decision will be made by the adjudicator.

The winner will be asked to perform during the final evening of the festival, Saturday 19 February 2022. This same winner will also become eligible to participate in the Emanuel Trophy Piano  competition, organised by the North London Festival of Music and Drama in 2022.

For ‘own choice’ classes, you must bring a copy of the music for the adjudicator. Any competitor who fails to provide a copy of their ‘own choice’ piece will receive adjudication but will NOT receive marks or a certificate.

Open Piano Classes (any age)

301 Recital Class (Open)

Michael Cheung Cup

A recital of two or three compositions of contrasting styles and periods.
(Grade 8 and above) (Time limit 15 minutes)
302 Baroque Class (Open)

Betty Drown Memorial Cup

(Time limit 7 minutes)
303 Classical Class (Open)

Lady Frederick Lewis Cup

Any music written between 1750 and 1830 but excluding Beethoven. (Time limit 7 minutes)
304 Beethoven Class (Open)

Stratford Express Cup

Any movement from a Beethoven Sonata. (Time limit 7 minutes)
305 Romantic Class (Open)

Piano Cup

Any music of a Romantic style written between 1830 and 1900 but excluding Chopin. (Time limit 7 minutes)
306 Chopin Class (Open)

Phillip Young Cup

(Time limit 7 minutes)
307 Impressionist Class (Open)
(Time limit 7 minutes)
308 British Music Class (Open)

George Keene Memorial Cup

Any music written by a British composer since 1850. (Time limit 7 minutes)
309 20th/ 21st Century Class (Open)

Ackroyd Open Challenge Cup

Any music written since 1900. (Time limit 7 minutes)

Solo Piano Classes of 17 Years and Under

310 Piano Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)

Barbara Halestrap Trophy

A recital of two or three compositions of contrasting styles and periods

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

311 Junior Baroque Class (15 yrs and under)

Audrey Sheard Cup

(Time limit 5 minutes)
312 Junior Beethoven (15 yrs and under)

Laurence Springett Cup

(Time limit 5 minutes)
313 Sonatina Class (15 yrs and under)

Yvonne Adair Cup

Any sonatina movement.  (Time limit 3 minutes)
314 Piano Solo (17 yrs and under)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
315 Piano Solo (16 yrs and under)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
316 Piano Solo (15 yrs and under)
Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

317 Piano Solo (14 yrs and under)

Mayors Pharmacy Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
318 Piano Solo (13 yrs and under)

Intermediate Piano Challenge Cup

Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

319 Piano Solo (12 yrs and under)

Bloxham Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
320 Piano Solo (11 yrs and under)

Col W Johnson Galloway Challenge Cup

Own choice.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

321 Piano Solo (10 yrs and under)

Junior Piano Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
322 Piano Solo (9 yrs and under)

Akerman Award

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

323 Piano Solo (8 yrs and under)

Gwen Flower Junior Piano Challenge Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
324 Piano Solo (7 yrs and under)

Lily Law Memorial Cup

Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

325 Piano Solo (6 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)

James Dace Cup for Piano

330 Piano Solo (Grades 5 and 6)

Don Egner Cup

331 Piano Solo (Grade 4)

Ivor Rees Memorial Cup

332 Piano Solo (Grade 3)

Don Egner Memorial Cup

333 Piano Solo (Grade 2)

James Kirby Cup

334 Piano Solo (Grade 1)

Rose Akerman Cup

Repertoire Classes

Two contrasting pieces to be performed. Competitors may not play the same piece in any other piano class. However repetition of an item is possible if they enter the Millennium Class.

335 Piano Repertoire (12-14 yrs)
Two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 6 minutes)

336 Piano Repertoire (11 yrs and under)
Two contrasting pieces.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

Jazz Piano Classes

Jazz, blues or ragtime.

£25 Jazz Piano Prize kindly donated by Mr Joe Dodd, Piano Tuning Services, will be awarded to the most accomplished performer in the Jazz Piano Classes, as decided upon by the adjudicator.

338 Jazz Piano Solo (Open)

Jazz Open Cup

(Time limit 7 minutes)
339 Jazz Piano Solo (17 yrs and under)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
341 Jazz Piano Solo (13 yrs and under)

Cecil Handley Cup

Own choice.

(Time limit 4 minutes)

343 Jazz Piano Solo (9 yrs and under)
Own choice.

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Novice Piano

350 Beginner (Pre-Grade 1 Level) Piano

Walter Watson Memorial Cup

Competitors must have received less than two years of tuition at the time of the festival and must not have passed Grade 1 or higher. The piece must be of below Grade 1 level. Fee to be paid according to age.

Own choice     (Time limit 2 minutes)

Senior Citizens

351 Senior Citizen’s Piano Class (60 yrs and over)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)

Duets and Teams

352 Piano Duet (Open)

Rose Akerman Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 7 minutes)
353 Piano Duet (15 yrs and under)

James Akerman Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
354 Piano Duet (13 yrs and under)

Shalini Ganesh-Ram Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)
355 Piano Duet (10 yrs and under)

Mary Sheehan Memorial Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)
356 Piano Team – three or more players at one piano (Open)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
357 Piano Team – three or more players at one piano (10 yrs and under)
Own choice. (Time limit 4 minutes)

Instrumental Classes

ADJUDICATOR: Charlotte Hill, BMus (Hons), MMus

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

When an own choice piece is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided  that the competitor has already purchased their own copy.

The photocopy made will be retained and destroyed immediately after the event.

It is illegal to perform from photocopies of published music.

Time limits will be strictly adhered to. Any part of the performance played outside of the time limits will not be adjudicated.

Instrumental Recital Classes

405 Instrumental Recital Class (Open)

Reginald Turner Memorial Cup

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.

(Time limit 15 minutes)

406 Instrumental Recital Class (17 yrs and under)

Uncle R Memorial Cup

Competitors are required to perform a recital programme of two or three compositions of contrasting styles and periods. Percussionists should list instrumental requirements on the entry form, and they may perform with or without piano accompaniment. The adjudicator will give credit for the quality of the performance and the choice of the programme.

(Time limit 13 minutes)

407 Instrumental Recital Class (10 yrs and under)

Tonie Berger Instrumental Cup

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 programme. (Time limit 10 minutes)

Chamber Music

408 Unaccompanied Instrumental Performance ( 17yrs and under)
Competitors to perform a movement or movements from a piece originally written for an unaccompanied solo instrument. (Time limit 7 minutes)
409 Senior Chamber Music (11 to 17 yrs)

Purcell School Chamber Music Cup

Any combination of two or more players (one player to a part) are required to perform music of their own choice. If there is a piano part and this is an accompaniment, it will not be adjudicated. This is an ideal opportunity to ‘try out’ a GCSE or AS/A2 level ensemble piece. (Time limit 10 minutes)
410 Junior Chamber Music (10 yrs and under)

Junior Chamber Music Cup

Any combination, of two or more players (one player to a part) are required to perform music of their own choice. A piano part is optional and will not be adjudicated. (Time limit 7 minutes)
411 Ensemble Class (Open)

Chamber Music Challenge Cup

Maximum of five players. Any combination of piano, strings, wind and brass instruments. Suitable for duet, trio, quartet or quintet. If the accompaniment or continuo is an integral part of the work then all instruments will be adjudicated. (Time limit 7 minutes)
412 Ensemble Class (11 yrs and under)
Maximum of five players. Any combination of piano, strings, wind and brass instruments. Suitable for duet, trio, quartet or quintet. If the accompaniment or continuo is an integral part of the work then all instruments will be adjudicated. (Time limit 4 minutes)
413 Family Group Instrumental Class (Open)
Any combination of two or more players who all belong to the same family. There must be one player to a part. (Time limit 5 minutes)

Challenge Classes

414 Instrumental Challenge Class (Open)
Own choice. (Time limit 10 minutes)
415 Challenge Class (17 yrs and under)

Doris Hudson Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 8 minutes)
416 Instrumental Challenge Class (10 yrs and under)

Junior Challenge Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)

Instrumental Examination 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.

The competitor must NOT have passed any grade higher than the one from which the choice has been 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. You must bring a copy of the music for the adjudicator.

 

417 Instrumental Solo (Grades 7 and 8)

James Dace Instrumental Cup

418 Instrumental Solo (Grades 5 and 6)

Redbridge Instrumental Cup

419 Instrumental Solo (Grades 3 and 4)

Hazel Martin Cup

446 Instrumental Solo (Grades 1 and 2)

Maureen Westcott Cup

Strings

420 Strings Solo (17 yrs and under)

Senior Strings Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 7 minutes)
421 Strings Solo (14 yrs and under)

Grace Palmer Memorial Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 5 minutes)
422 Strings Solo (10 yrs and under)

H. J. Large Memorial Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 5 minutes)
423 Strings Solo (8 yrs and under)

John and Olive Burren Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 3 minutes)
424 Novice Strings Solo (any age)

Akerman Orchestral Cup

Beginner/ Pre Grade 1. Must not to have taken the Grade 1 exam or progressed beyond Grade 1 level. Piece must be below Grade 1 level. Fee to be paid according to age. Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
425 20th/ 21st Century Strings Solo (11 to 17 yrs)

Bowling & Co.(Solicitors) Music Trophy

Competitors are required to perform one piece written since 1900. (Time limit 5 minutes)

Woodwind and Brass

A separate fee is required for EACH category entered

426 Woodwind and Brass Solo (8 yrs and under)

Mark Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 2 minutes)
427 Woodwind Solo (17 yrs and under)

Senior Woodwind Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 6 minutes)
428 Woodwind Solo (14 yrs and under)

Norman Waghorn Memorial Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 5 minutes per piece)
429 Woodwind Solo (10 yrs and under)

Yvonne Dudley Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 3 minutes per piece)
430 Novice Woodwind Solo (any age)
Beginner/ Pre Grade 1. Must not to have taken the Grade 1 exam or progressed beyond Grade 1 level. Piece must be below Grade 1 level. Fee to be paid according to age. Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
431 Adult Woodwind and Brass (18 yrs and over)
Open to amateurs only. (Time limit 4 minutes)
432 Brass Solo (17 yrs and under)

Peter Fudge Cup

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 7 minutes per piece)
433 Brass Solo (14 yrs and under)

Elgin Trophy

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 5 minutes per piece)
434 Brass Solo (10 yrs and under)

Hazel Martin Trophy

Competitors are required to perform one piece from either the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Please state the category on the entry form. (Time limit 3 minutes per piece)
435 Novice Brass Solo (any age)
Beginner/ Pre Grade 1. Must not to have taken the Grade 1 exam or progressed beyond Grade 1 level. Piece must be below Grade 1 level. Fee to be paid according to age. Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
447 20th/ 21st Century Brass Solo (11 to 17 yrs)
Competitors are required to perform one piece written since 1900. (Time limit 5 minutes)
448 20th/ 21st Century Woodwind Solo (11 to 17 yrs)
Competitors are required to perform one piece written since 1900. (Time limit 5 minutes)
449 Instrumental Jazz Solo (17 yrs and under)
Competitors are required to perform one jazz piece on any instrument that is permitted in the orchestral classes. (Time limit 5 minutes)
450 Instrumental Solo (Open)
Competitors are required to perform one piece on any instrument from the strings, brass, woodwind, percussion or guitar families.
(Time limit 10 minutes)

Percussion Classes

Competitors are required to perform one piece in drum kit, snare drum, timpani or tuned percussion. We have some instruments available but competitors may have to bring their own instruments. Please contact the convenor to discuss further.

Competitors may perform with or without piano accompaniment, or with a backing CD.

You must bring a copy of the music for the adjudicator.

436 Percussion Solo (17 yrs and under)

John Martel Percussion Cup

437 Percussion Solo (14 yrs and under)
438 Percussion Solo (10 yrs and under)

Guitar/ Fretted Instruments

Competitors are required to play one piece of their own choice on the guitar or any fretted instrument.

439 Guitar Solo (17 yrs and under)
(Time limit 7 minutes)
440 Guitar Solo (14 yrs and under)

Playtent Co-operative Cup

(Time limit 5 minutes)
441 Guitar Solo (10 yrs and under)

Edward Cross Guitar Trophy

(Time limit 3 minutes)
442 Novice Guitar Solo (any age)
Competitors should have received less than one year of tuition at the time of entry. Fee to be paid according to age. Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)

Harp

443 Harp Solo (17 yrs and under)
One or more pieces may be performed within the time limit. Own choice. (Time limit 7 minutes)
444 Harp Solo (14 yrs and under)
One or more pieces may be performed within the time limit. Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
445 Harp Solo (10 yrs and under)
One or more pieces may be performed within the time limit. Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Recorders

ADJUDICATOR: Ben Norbury, Hon TCL, MBA (Open), MA (Oxon), LTCL, ACIEA

Please address any queries to the class convenor:
Cathy Davies: 07813 070003, nicecuppatea@hotmail.co.uk

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.

Where an own choice piece is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided  that the competitor has already purchased their own copy.

The photocopy made will be retained and destroyed immediately after the event. It is illegal to perform from photocopies of published music.

Recorder Recital Classes

501 Recorder Recital Class (Open)

Britten’s Music Challenge Cup

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, the choice of the programme, and for playing from memory. (Time limit 15 minutes)
502 Recorder Recital Class (11 to 17 yrs)

Gilling Cup

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. (Time limit 10 minutes)

Open and Senior Recorder Classes

503 Advanced Recorder Solo (Open)

Wootton Cup

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 Senior Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)

Walter Bergmann Memorial Cup for Senior Recorder Solo

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

(Time limit 5 minutes)

505 Senior Baroque Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
Competitors are required to perform any music from the Baroque period.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

506 Senior Classical / Romantic Recorder Solo (11 yrs and over)
Competitors are required to perform any composition(s) written between 1770 and 1900.

Arrangements will be accepted.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

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

Morris Cup

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)

Michael Brown Cup

Own choice.

(Time limit 5 minutes)

Junior Recorder Classes

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)

Walter Bergmann Memorial Cup for Junior Recorder Solo

Own choice.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

511 Junior Baroque Solo (10 yrs and under)
Competitors are required to perform any composition from the Baroque period. (Time limit 3 minutes)
512 Junior Classical/Romantic Solo (10 yrs and under)
Competitors are required to perform any composition written between 1770 and 1900. Arrangements will be accepted. (Time limit 3 minutes)
513 Junior 20th/21st Century Solo (10 yrs and under)

Recorder Cup for a Modern Solo

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)

Junior Recorder Cup

Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
516 Novice Recorder Solo

Arthur Ingham Memorial Cup

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. You must bring a copy of the music for the adjudicator.

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

524 Recorder Consort (Open)

Challenge Cup

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)

Junior Consort Challenge Cup

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)

Senior Recorder Challenge Cup

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)

Cowell Award

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

(Time limit 6 minutes)

Speech and Drama

ADJUDICATOR: Frances Colyer, LGSM(TD)

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

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

The Forest School Cup will be awarded for outstanding performance in the age group, aged 11 – 18 yrs, as decided by the adjudicator. The winner will be asked to perform again during the final  evening of the festival, Saturday 19 February 2022.

The Dacia Stevens Award will be awarded to the most promising performer as judged by the adjudicator and will also be asked to perform again during the final evening of the festival, Saturday 19  February 2022.

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; chairs and small tables will be  provided. Competitors must adhere carefully to the time limits. Verse speaking classes may incorporate occasional gestures in performance where deemed appropriate. Clear copies of all pieces  must be provided for the adjudicator.

Speech & Drama Challenge Classes

601 Senior Challenge (15 yrs and over)

The VoiceSpace Cup

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 Challenge (14 yrs and under)

Newham Chamber of Commerce Shield

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)

Acting Cup

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)

Elizabeth Prade Poetry Cup

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 “GOING TO SCHOOL”.

Marks will be awarded for both content and delivery.

Humorous Solo

In classes 605 to 609, competitors are required to perform from memory a piece of Humorous Verse of their own choice. Classes 605 to 606 will be timetabled consecutively, with the competitor  gaining the highest mark awarded the Olive Allen Cup; the winner of the remaining class will receive a silver medal.

605 Humorous Solo (15 yrs and over)
(Time limit 3 minutes)
606 Humorous Solo (13 and 14 yrs)
(Time limit 3 minutes)
607 Humorous Solo (11 and 12 yrs)

Humorous Solo Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
608 Humorous Solo (9 and 10 yrs)

Junior Humorous Solo Cup

(Time limit 2 minutes)
609 Humorous Solo (8 yrs and under)

Verse Speaking Cup

(Time limit 2 minutes)

Prose Speaking

In classes 610 to 614, 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.

Classes 613 and 614 will be timetabled consecutively. The competitor gaining the highest mark will be awarded the Wetherall Cup; the winner of the remaining class will receive a silver medal.

610 Prose Speaking (15 yrs and over)

Prose Speaking Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
611 Prose Speaking (13 and 14 yrs)

Edith and Dorothy Parnum Cup

(Time limit 3 minutes)
612 Prose Speaking (11 and 12 yrs)

Drama Cup

(Time limit 2 minutes)
613 Prose Speaking (9 and 10 yrs)
(Time limit 3 minutes)
614 Prose Speaking (8 yrs and under)
(Time limit 2 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.

Classes 619 and 620 will be timetabled consecutively. The competitor gaining the highest mark will be awarded the Leslie Pridham Cup; the winner of the remaining class will receive a silver  medal.

615 Solo Verse Speaking (6 yrs and under)

Ella Fairall Cup

616 Solo Verse Speaking (7 and 8 yrs)

Evelyn Hills Cup

617 Solo Verse Speaking (9 and 10 yrs)

Blakesley Cup

618 Senior Verse Speaking (11 and 12 yrs)

Plessey Trophy

619 Solo Verse Speaking (13 and 14 yrs)
Own choice. (Time limit 2 minutes)
620 Solo Verse Speaking (15 yrs and over)
Own choice. (Time limit 3 minutes)

Sight Reading

Competitors are required to read an age-appropriate book of their choice before the Festival.

The Adjudicator will select a passage from this book to be read out loud. The title of the book chosen must be indicated on the entry form.

621 Reading at Sight (16 yrs and over)

Lilian Blunt Cup

622 Reading at Sight (13 to 15 yrs)

Sight-Reading Cup

623 Reading at Sight (11 and 12 yrs)
624 Reading at Sight (9 and 10 yrs)
625 Reading at Sight (8 yrs and under)

Arthur Simkins Cup

Television News Presentation

In classes 627 and 628, competitors are required to take the role of a television newsreader or a roving reporter, treating the adjudicator as the camera. The content of the newscast is optional. Note cards may be used.

These two classes will be timetabled consecutively. The competitor gaining the highest mark will be awarded the Walter Tee Award; the winner of the remaining class will receive a silver medal.

627 Television Newsreader Presentation (12 to 15 yrs)
(Time limit 4 minutes).
628 Television Newsreader Presentation (11 yrs and under)
(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.

Classes 629 to 631 will be timetabled consecutively. The competitor gaining the highest mark will be awarded The Speech and Drama Cup; the winners of the remaining two classes will each  receive a silver medal.

629 Communication (16 yrs and over)
(Time limit 4 mins)
630 Communication (14 and 15 yrs)
(Time limit 3 mins)
631 Communication (11 to 13 yrs)
(Time limit 3 mins)

Storytelling

These classes will be timetabled consecutively. The competitor gaining the highest mark will be awarded the George Birtles Cup; the winner of the remaining class will receive a silver medal.

632 Storytelling (9 and 10 yrs)
Competitors are required to talk or tell a story about an object which they have brought with them.

(Time limit 3 minutes)

633 Storytelling (7 and 8 yrs)
Competitors are required to talk or tell a story about an object which they have brought with them. (Time limit 2 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. Remember to provide the  adjudicator with copies of both the speech and the song.

636 Solo Musical Theatre (18 yrs and over)
(Time limit 8 minutes)
637 Solo Musical Theatre (15, 16 & 17 yrs)

Romford YMCA Operatic Society Cup

(Time limit 10 minutes)
638 Solo Musical Theatre (12, 13 & 14 yrs)

Jane Roberson Cup

(Time limit 7 minutes)
639 Solo Musical Theatre (11 yrs and under)
(Time limit 7 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. These Classes will be timetabled consecutively with the pair gaining the highest mark being awarded the Anna Knight Cup; the winners of the remaining two classes will each receive a silver medal.

640 Pairs Musical Theatre (16 yrs and over)
(Time limit 10 minutes)
641 Pairs Musical Theatre (13 to 15 yrs)
(Time limit 10 minutes)
642 Pairs Musical Theatre (12 yrs and under)
(Time limit 7 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.

643 Solo Acting (17 yrs and over)
(Time 5 mins)
644 Solo Acting (15 – 16 yrs)

Frank Whitworth Challenge Cup

(Time limit 5 minutes)
645 Solo Acting (13 and 14 yrs)
(Time 4 mins)
646 Junior Solo Acting (11 to 12 yrs)

Eileen Shaw Cup

(Time limit 3 mins)
647 Solo Acting (9 and 10 yrs)

Rosa Smith Memorial Cup

(Time 3 mins)
648 Solo Acting (8 yrs and under)

Janet Cass Cup

(Time 2 mins)

Classical Theatre

Competitors will perform a speech from a play written before 1900; a brief introduction must be included. These Classes will be timetabled consecutively with the competitor gaining the highest  mark being awarded the Joan Oldfield Memorial Cup; the winner of the remaining Class will receive a silver medal.

649 Classical Theatre (15 yrs and over)
Own choice. (Time limit 5 minutes)
650 Classical Theatre (13 and 14 yrs)
Own choice (Time limit 3 minutes).

Duologue

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

651 Duologue (16 yrs and over)

Senior Duologue Shield

Own choice. (Time limit 8 minutes)
652 Duologue (15 yrs and under)

Glenarm College Shield

Own choice. (Time limit between 8 minutes)
653 Duologue (12 yrs and under)
Own choice. (Time limit between 6 minutes)