Springboard 2021 was held as an online festival. Recorded performances were shared with others in the same class and their supporters during timetabled online sessions, and the adjudicators gave oral and written feedback. We are looking forward to returning to Brighton Girls school in March 2022.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the virtual group classes on 12 June.  Reports and certificates have now been emailed to everyone who took part.

The syllabus for 2022 will be uploaded in September 2021.

Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in classes where marks are awarded, and in those where only feedback is given.

Classes are defined by age-group 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, Gilbert & Sullivan, Romantic, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Show/Film songs.

Recital classes, including our new Dame Felicity Lott Recital Classes, provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.

In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets, trios and quartets, and for a family group.


Dame Felicity Lott Recital Competition:
Discretionary prizes include coaching sessions with Yvonne Patrick, Gary Matthewman, Lesley Anne Sammons, John Hancorn and Dame Felicity Lott herself. Those receiving a coaching session will also be awarded £50 towards the cost of travel and an accompanist.

Singing Rules

  1. Performing songs from memory is encouraged but not compulsory. Marks are awarded for both
    performance and communication, and as singing from music may have a negative impact on
    communication it could affect the final mark.
  2. Please note that musical theatre, show/film songs etc are only permitted in classes specifically headed ‘Music Theatre & Film’. No pop songs are permitted in any classes.
  3. Songs written to be performed with an accompaniment are usually easier to sing with an accompaniment than without. Performers are therefore encouraged to arrange for an accompaniment, even if Covid-19 restrictions make it impossible for performer and accompanist to be in the same room. Many of the accompanists on the Springboard approved list will be willing to discuss what is required, record an accompaniment and send an electronic file. Pre-recorded accompaniments can be used (including backing tracks in the event of an online festival).
  4. Performers are asked to pay close attention to the time limit for each class, as a performance that
    is over the limit may not be adjudicated.
  5. A copy of the music to be performed, with the composer and title of the piece clearly marked, must be uploaded to the online entry system (Play&Perform). Jazz performers will need to provide a lead sheet or piano score.
  6. A piece may be sung in only one class in the Festival.
  7. 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.

General Rules & Regulations

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