Guitar classes were held at Brighton Girls, Montpelier Rd, Brighton BN1 3AT on Sunday 3 March 2024. They were adjudicated with enthusiasm and humour by Richard Durrant, who also ran a workshop at which the participants performed a piece he had written especially for Springboard’s centenary.

The Springboard Guitar Section includes classes where marks are awarded, and those where only feedback is given. Some are defined by age-group, and some are for players of any age.

Solo, duet and ensemble performances are catered for, as well as singers accompanying themselves on the guitar.

There are classes defined by style of music and instrument, including Bach, flamenco, South American, ukulele, acoustic steel-strung, period instrument.

A recital class provides an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces. And there is also a concerto class open to all ages.

Winner of Awards 2024

The Bach Trophy: James Hartt

Guitar Rules

  1. Guitars must be equipped with nylon strings, unless otherwise stated.
  2. Players may choose which piece(s) to play, subject to the criteria and time limits stated.
  3. Grades – This term is a rough guide as to standard. Music played may or may not include actual exam music of the Associated Board, or Trinity College London, but should not exceed the grade requirement.
  4. Please note that all performers (excluding accompanists) must be amateurs (someone in full-time or higher education or who does not derive their main income from performance or teaching a string instrument).
  5. 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.
  6. A copy of the music to be played is required for the Adjudicator for all classes. (See Music Rules below regarding the copying of copyright works.)
  7. Performers must book and pay for their own accompanist, where needed. (Please click here for a list of local accompanists.
  8. A player may perform a piece only once in the Festival. The same piece may not be played in two
    different classes, even if the classes are in different sections of the Festival.
  9. Please ensure you are familiar with all general rules and regulations of the festival
  10. PLEASE NOTE that Springboard reserves the right not to refund entry fees if an entrant decides
    to withdraw.

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.