Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in non-competitive and competitive classes.
The classes are defined by age-group (including those for adults) and by genre and period to ensure that players can participate in whatever environment they feel most comfortable.
Genres and periods covered include Baroque, Classical Italian, Oratorio or Sacred Song, Operetta, Romantic, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Show/Film songs.
In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets, trios and quartets, and for a family group.
Under-18s and adult recital classes provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.
Choirs – junior, senior and mixed ages – are encouraged to enter.
Amateur accompanists – there is a chance for you to get some feedback on your accompanying skills. The class is open to all accompanists who do not receive payment for their role. You need to persuade a singer or instrumentalist to perform with you, but you can reassure them that you will be the one being adjudicated!
New Sussex Opera are delighted to award an opportunity to a singer/singers of the 16-18 year old and adult singing categories in the 2018 Festival, at the discretion of an NSO representative, to sing a solo role in a production, or a performance opportunity at an NSO concert, and/or free membership of the Chorus.
Other awards are given for particular classes: details are given under the relevant classes.
Championship Classes – The highest winner of classes 428–430 (oratorio, operatic, art song) will be eligible for a solo slot with the Brighton Chamber Choir.
Our Lady of Sion Cup will be awarded to the choir with the highest marks in Classes 437-439.
The Madame H. Palgrave Turner Cup will be awarded to the Performer with the highest marks in Classes 415-418.
Madame Marguerite Anderson Cup will be awarded to the ensemble with the highest marks in Classes 433-435.
Dr and Mrs Sayers Cup will be awarded the Performer with the highest marks in Classes 408–412.
The Roedean Cup is awarded to the most outstanding performance (adjudicator’s decision is final) in any class and any section within the Festival.
Singing General Rules
Performers should sing from memory; scores are acceptable in Oratorio classes only.
Please note that musical theatre, show/film songs etc are only permitted in classes 404 and 411.
Performers must provide their own accompaniment where needed. Backing tracks are not permitted.
Copies of music or scores are required for the Adjudicator for all classes. (See Music Rules below regarding the copying of copyright works.)
Please note that timings must be adhered to. In the event of the allotted time being exceeded, the adjudicator may give a report, but no certificate/marks will be awarded.
An own-choice piece may be sung in only one class in the Festival.
In classes for under-18s, teachers and performers should be aware that the music chosen needs to be appropriate to the performer’s age and ability. If you have any doubts please contact the section secretary.
Music General Rules
Copies of own-choice works for the adjudicator
The Music Publishers Association has recently issued a revised Code of Practice on copying copyright works and the following concession is made for copying Own Choice pieces from volumes only for the adjudicator. Other items must not be photocopied without permission of the copyright holder in each case.
“When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a competition or festival provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy and that the copy made is retained and destroyed by the administrator of the Competition or Festival immediately after the event. This permission specifically does not apply to set works.”
Performers are advised that this permission applies only to copyright holders who are members of The Music Publishers Association, listed at the back of the Code of Practice leaflet, obtainable from the Association at 6th Floor, British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR. Tel. 020 7580 0126020 7580 0126
It is performers’ own responsibility to ensure that they seek permission to copy direct from any copyright holder whose name does not appear in the MPA list. Single copies of items may not be photocopied without prior permission of the copyright holder. The permission does not apply to making copies for the Accompanist, who should always be given a printed copy from which to work.
Photocopies for the Adjudicator must be totally legible or they may be refused.
Copyright guidance regarding internet downloads
Where music is downloaded from the internet, the performer must also print off and submit the permission statement accompanying the music. Please click here to see copyright guidance concerning internet downloads.