Springboard 2021 was held as an online festival. More than 130 recorded performances by pianists were shared with others in the same class and their supporters during timetabled online sessions, and the adjudicators gave oral and written feedback. We are looking forward to returning to Brighton Girls school in March 2022.
Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in Springboard’s piano classes. In competitive classes marks are awarded, and 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.
Junior and Senior recital classes provide an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces.
The 2021 syllabus is available here. The 2022 syllabus will be published by the end of September 2022.
- 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.
- Any piece of music may be played only once in the Festival.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeats are not required unless Da Capo or Dal Segno is marked.
- 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.