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.

The deadline for booking your place has now passed. All entrants have been emailed with the date and time of their class(es) and the deadline for uploading their video(s) (see below).

Classes will be held on 6 and 20 March 2021 and adjudicated by Helen Leek and Ruth Gerald. The programme is available here.

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 (admin@springboardfestival.co.uk) 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 dates for recordings and sheet music copies by the end of:
For classes on 6 March: FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY
For classes on 20 March: FRIDAY 12 MARCH
 via the online entry system.

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

See the list of classes available to pianists 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.

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.

All classes will run as normal. However, owing to the online nature of the festival, which will rely on pre-recorded performances, there will be no Junior or Senior Championship.

Although the Concerto section will not run in 2021, pianists will have the opportunity to enter one of our two Piano Concerto classes, listed at the end of the Piano syllabus.

In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets and trios, and for family members to perform together.

Junior and Senior recital classes provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.

The Be the Adjudicator workshop (free to anyone entering another piano class) will run this year, with participants invited to give constructive feedback on specially recorded performances.


Piano Rules

    1. One piece only to be played in each class unless otherwise stated . Music to be played in every piano class is the performer’s own choice.
    2. Any piece of music may be played only once in the Festival.
    3. Graded Classes – Music chosen for the Graded Classes can include any style of music, including
      jazz, but see Rule 5b below. Where a grading requirement is set, the Adjudicator’s decision as to the
      acceptability of the standard of the performer’s chosen piece will in all cases be final. The Piano
      Secretary will be happy to give advice on this.
    4. Time limits. Performers are asked to pay close attention to the time limit for each class. A
      performance that is over the time limit may not be adjudicated.
    5. Grading of pieces – The adjudicator’s decision as to the acceptable grading of the performer’s chosen piece will in all cases be final. The Piano Secretary will be happy to give advice on this if contacted before the entry date.
    6. Jazz and light music
      a) Arrangements from shows will be accepted only in Classes 224, 244*-247*. However, music by
      composers such as Gershwin and Mayerl will be accepted in other classes. If in doubt, please
      contact the Piano Secretary.
      b) An arrangement of light music will be accepted in Graded Classes only if it is from a current or past syllabus of an established exam board.
    7. Repeats are not required unless Da Capo or Dal Segno is marked.
    8. An electronic copy of the music, clearly marked with the title of the piece and the composer,
      must be uploaded to Play&Perform.

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.