Classes will be held at Brighton and Hove High School GDST on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018, adjudicated by Mark Messenger.

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.

For early stage players, less emphasis is placed on competition and more on the enjoyment of performance, with constructive comments.

In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets, ensembles and family groups. Two fun workshops are free to all those who have entered another class.

Two recital classes provide the opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.

Performers are also welcome to take part in the Concerto classes.

Amateur accompanists – Class 730 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!

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!


Cecil Aronowitz Cup

To celebrate the centenary in 2016 of the birth of one of Britain’s most distinguished musicians, the viola player Cecil Aronowitz, his family have much pleasure in presenting a cup in his name to Springboard. This cup will be awarded annually by the adjudicator to the most promising string player from all classes.

The Corin Long String Awards

Prizes and the Corin Long Festival Cup will be awarded in the Recital Classes. Please see Recital Classes 710 – 711 for full details of these awards.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Award

Two tickets for the BPO 2017/2018 concert season to be awarded to two players of orchestral instruments living in Sussex, who have taken part in 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.

General Rules & Regulation

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