Classes will be held at Brighton and Hove High School GDST on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018, adjudicated by Helen Leek, and on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March 2018, adjudicated by Philip Fowke.

ENTER HERE  via our online entry system.  Entries close at the end of Friday 19 January 2018.

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.

During the Festival, the adjudicator will be recommending a few performances for the Festival Highlights Concert on the evening of 25 March (TBC), so make a note of this date, as it could be you!

Amateur accompanists – Class 730 (w/e of 24/25 March) is an opportunity for you to get some feedback on your accompanying skills. It 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!


Junior Championship  – As the Winner you will hold the Edward Paxton White Memorial Cup for one year and receive a prize of £40. If you are placed second you will receive a prize of £20. The cash prizes are presented by an anonymous donor.

Senior Championship  – As the Winner you will hold the European Piano Teachers’ Association Challenge Cup for one year and receive a prize of £80. If you are placed second you will receive a prize of £40. The cash prizes are presented by an anonymous donor.

Doris Waymark Trophies  – There will be two trophies, one to be awarded by each adjudicator, to two competitors showing musical potential.

The Roedean Cup will be awarded to the most outstanding performance (adjudicator’s decision is final) in any class and any section within the Festival.

Piano Rules

Music to be played in every piano class is the performer’s own choice.

  1. One piece only to be played in each class unless otherwise stated (as in Classes 206, 217, 226, 227, 231, Recital and Duet classes).
  2. Any piece of music may be played only once in the Festival, except when used in the Final of the Junior or Senior Championship.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeats are not required unless Da Capo or Dal Segno is marked.
  7. Time limits. Any performer who exceeds the time limit may be asked to stop and may not receive a mark in competitive classes.
  8. 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.

General Rules & Regulation

Please ensure that you read the Festival’s General Rules & Regulations, downloadable here.