Springboard 2021 will be held as an online festivalPerformers’ recorded performances will be shared with others in the same class and their supporters during timetabled online sessions.

All entrants have been emailed with the date and time of their class(es) and the deadline for uploading their video(s) (see below).

Most classes will be held on 7 March and adjudicated by Rebecca Moseley-Morgan. The programme is available here.

Classes involving duos/trios/quartets, plus all the adult classes have been deferred to 12/13 June in the hope that Covid restrictions will ease and singers will be able to get together with each other, and with their accompanists,  to video their performance.

Performers have been emailed a secure Zoom link to the event. This link is NOT for sharing with anyone else or on social media. If you would like someone outside your household to attend, please ask them to email Kathy Palmer ( with details of the class date/time/number and she will add them to the list of invited guests and send them the link.

Upload date for recordings and sheet music copies: the end of: FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY via the online entry system.

For advice on making or uploading your recording, download instructions here or go to the webpage.  Please be sure to  announce your piece and leave 3 seconds before you speak and 3 seconds at the end of your recording.

Ideally, we expect recordings to be made in 2021, as it is more useful for performers to receive feedback on ‘work in progress’. We recognise, however, that under current lockdown restrictions it may not be possible for performers to make a recording with an accompanist. If this is the case, performers may choose to play with a pre-recorded accompaniment, commission an accompanist to make a recording for them, record themselves performing unaccompanied, or to upload a recording they made with an accompanist last year.

The adjudicator will give oral feedback. Mark sheets with written feedback and certificates will be emailed to the performers. For music classes in the Springboard 2021 Virtual Festival, the adjudicator will not award first and second places, although they may choose to mention outstanding performances.

See the list of the classes available to singers here.

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.