Entries open on Monday 9 October 2023 and close on Sunday 28 January 2024. Enter here.
Please note the piano syllabus was revised on 16 November 2023. Please ensure you have the correct version.
Saturday 2 March: Temple Building, Brighton Girls, Montpelier Rd, Brighton BN1 3AT;
Sunday 3 March: Main Hall, Brighton Girls, Montpelier Rd, Brighton BN1 3AT
Saturday 16 March: St Luke’s Church, Queens Park Terrace, Brighton BN2 9YA
Please check the venue listed on your timetable before the event.
Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in Springboard’s piano classes. In competitive classes, marks are awarded, but in non-competitive classes 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.
Certain classes give performers the chance to qualify for the Junior or Senior Championship.
In addition to solo classes, there are opportunities for duets and trios, and for family members to perform together. In this, our centenary year, we are hoping to involve past performers in a little celebratory duet playing!
Junior and Senior recital classes provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.
The 2024 winner of the Senior Championship will be invited to join the previous year’s winner in a Springboard Centenary Celebration Concert on 3 May 2024 as part of the Unitarian Church lunchtime series.
Winners of Awards 2023
Amelie Chen-Wade (The Edward Paxton White Memorial Cup)
Oscar Gardner (The European Piano Teachers Association Challenge Cup)
Kai Jing Hii-Tan (The Christine Pembridge Cup 1)
Oscar Gardner (The Christine Pembridge Cup 2)
- The Doris Waymark Trophy 1 (Junior): Gil Robing-Barry
- The Doris Waymark Trophy 2 (Senior): Catherine Gao
- The Brighton Hammond Organ Society Challenge Cup: Tommy Chunfeng Li
- The Seventh Art Sonata Cup: Amelie Chen-Wade
- Ashleigh Cup: Jing Shuen Hii-Tan
- June Ingleton Cup: Thomas Watkin
- One piece only to be played in each class unless otherwise stated.
- Any piece of music may be played only once in the Festival, except when used in the Final of the Junior or Senior Championship, of in Class 251, Play & Praise Concert.
- Graded Classes – Music chosen for the Graded Classes does not have to be from an exam syllabus but can include any style of music, including jazz, with the exception of Rule 5b – see below. 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.
- 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 receive a mark in a competitive class.
- Jazz and light music
a) Arrangements from shows will be accepted in Classes 220, *245 – *248.
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.
- Repeats are not required unless Da Capo or Dal Segno is marked.
- 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.)
- Performers are expected to announce the composer and title of the piece(s) they will be playing clearly and audibly at the start of their performance.
- 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.