Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in non-competitive and competitive classes.

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:
Winner:  £100; runner up: £50.  Discretionary prizes include possible performance opportunities with Brighton Youth Orchestra, a lunchtime recital at Brighton Unitarian Church, and coaching sessions with Yvonne Patrick, Gary Matthewman, Lesley Anne Sammons, John Hancorn and Dame Felicity Lott herself.

Brighton Festival Youth Choir Scholarship: Two performers (one female, one male) who will be aged between 11 and 13 years on 1 September following the Festival, will be offered free membership of the BFYC for a year, at the discretion of the adjudicator.

Isabel Jay Cup will be awarded to the Performer with the highest mark in Class 430.

The Madame H. Palgrave Turner Cup will be awarded to the Performer with the highest marks in Classes 419-425 and 427.

Madame Marguerite Anderson Cup will be awarded to the ensemble with the highest marks in Class 435.

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

Singing General 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. Where needed, pupils must either provide their own accompanist or use a recommended
    accompanist as listed on the Springboard website. Backing tracks and amplification are not
  4. Copies of music or scores are required for the Adjudicator for all classes. (See Music Rules below
    regarding the copying of copyright works.) Jazz performers will need to provide a lead sheet or
    piano score.
  5. An own-choice piece may be sung in only one class in the Festival.
  6. 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.
  7. Performers must observe the time limits for their classes, if necessary by making cuts or cutting
    repeats. Performers who exceed the time limit may be stopped during performance and/or will have
    points deducted from their mark.

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.