Classes will be held at Brighton and Hove High School GDST on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019 and adjudicated by  Alison Moncrieff-Kelly.

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Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in non-competitive and competitive classes. There are graded classes and those defined by age-group to ensure that players can participate in whatever environment they feel most comfortable. As well as classes for solo players, there are opportunities for duets, ensembles and family groups.

For early-stage players who might like a chance to perform alongside their friends, there is an opportunity to take part in an informal Performance and to receive helpful hints from the adjudicator.

Two fun workshops, run by Lisa de Simone, are offered free to all those who have entered another class.

The Corin Long Recital Competition provides the opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces. Awards totalling £400 are being offered to support further musical studies.

For a full list of classes, download the Strings Syllabus.

Performers are also welcome to take part in the Concerto classes.


Cecil Aronowitz Cup

Riya Hamie, receiving the Cecil Aronowitz Cup from Mark Messenger in 2018.

To celebrate the centenary in 2016 of the birth of one of Britain’s most distinguished musicians, the viola player Cecil Aronowitz, his family have much pleasure in presenting a cup in his name to Springboard. This cup is awarded annually by the adjudicator to the most promising string player from all classes.

The Corin Long String Awards

Awards totalling £400 and a Festival Cup are given in the Recital Classes in memory of double bass player Corin Long. Please see Recital Classes 721 and 722 for full details of these awards.

In 2018, the Corin Long Festival Cup was won by cellist Dilara Sahin, and the Corin Long Junior Recital Class by cellist Milan Beckett.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Award

Two tickets for the BPO 2018/2019 concert season to be awarded to two players of orchestral instruments living in Sussex, who have taken part in the festival.

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.