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Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in non-competitive and competitive classes.
There are graded classes and those defined by age-group (including those for adult learners) to ensure that players can participate in whatever environment they feel most comfortable.
In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets and trios, and for family members to perform together.
Junior and Senior recital classes provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.
Anyone entering for another class can take part in our ‘Be the adjudicator’ workshop, which gives players a chance to give constructive feedback on performances by some of the teachers.
Performers are also welcome to take part in the Concerto classes.
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!
Awards in 2018
Junior Championship – The winner was Molly O’Flynn.
Senior Championship – The winner was Freya Clarke.
The adjudicator Helen Leek awarded Amelie Chen Wade a Doris Waymark Trophy for showing great musical potential.
The Brighton Hammond Organ Society Challenge Cup was awarded jointly to Ido Balter, Tyzer McAllister and Amelie Wade for their jazz performances.
The Lisa Childs Memorial Trophy was awarded jointly to Ido & Noam Balter and Tabitha Keogh & Cordelia Scutt for their duet performances.
Megan Stevens and Molly O’Flynn shared The Seventh Art Sonata Cup, and Megan Stevens shared the Christine Pembridge Cup with Natasha O’Flynn for their recitals.
Noam Balter was awarded the second Christine Pembridge Cup for his recital in the senior section.
Music to be played in every piano class is the performer’s own choice.
- One piece only to be played in each class unless otherwise stated (as in Classes 206, 217, 226, 227, 231, Recital and Duet classes).
- Any piece of music may be played only once in the Festival, except when used in the Final of the Junior or Senior Championship.
- Graded Classes – Music chosen for the Graded Classes does not have to be from an exam syllabus but can include any style of music, including jazz, with the exception of Rule 5b – see below.
- Grading of pieces – The adjudicator’s decision as to the acceptable grading of the performer’s chosen piece will in all cases be final. The Piano Secretary will be happy to give advice on this if contacted before the entry date.
- Jazz and light music
a) Arrangements from shows will be accepted in Classes 220, *242 – *245.
b) An arrangement of light music will be accepted in Graded Classes only if it is from a current or past syllabus of an established exam board.
- Repeats are not required unless Da Capo or Dal Segno is marked.
- Time limits. Any performer who exceeds the time limit may be asked to stop and may not receive a mark in competitive classes.
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.