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There are competitive and non-competitive classes, some defined by age-group, and some for players of any age.
Solo, duet and ensemble performances are catered for, as well as singers accompanying themselves on the guitar.
There are classes defined by style of music and instrument, including Bach, flamenco, South American, ukulele, acoustic steel-strung, period instrument.
A recital class provides an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.
Performers are also welcome to take part in the Concerto classes.
Festival Medals are awarded to the performer with the highest mark in any competitive class for 15 years and under.
The Bach Trophy is awarded to the performer in class 167, Bach Workshop, showing most promise.
A selection of lute books and CDs donated by The Lute Society and Taro Takeuchi is awarded to the winner of the Taro Tekeuchi Class.
Cash prizes donated by David Whiteman and Vic Ellis are awarded to the winners of classes 169 and 170.
The Roedean Cup is awarded to the most outstanding performance (adjudicator’s decision is final) in any class and any section within the Festival.
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.