Four in a Bar performing Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet, first movement. From left to right: Robert Hughes, Juliette Zeilmaker, Natasha O’Flynn, Joel Penrose.

Classes will be held at Brighton Girls GDST, Montpelier Road, Brighton, BN1 3AT on 13-14 March 2021 and will be adjudicated by Chika Robertson.

Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for in non-competitive and competitive classes. Graded classes and those defined by age-group 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.

Fun workshops,  free to those who enter another class, provide players a chance to play in an ensemble.

Richart Van Zyl, winner of the Corin Long Recital I in 2019.
Dilara Sahin, winner of the Corin Long Recital II in 2019.

The Corin Long Recital Competition provides an opportunity to give a sustained performance of contrasting pieces. In 2019, awards totalling £400 were offered to support further musical studies. Violinist Richart Van Zyl  won the class for younger players, and cellist Dilara Sahin won the advanced class alongside some extremely talented players.


The syllabus for 2021 will be available to download from late September 2020.

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


For details of 2020 award winners click here.

Cecil Aronowitz Cup

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. In 2019, it was awarded to viola player Natasha O’Flynn.

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 2019, the Corin Long Recital Class II and Festival Cup was won by cellist Dilara Sahin, and the Corin Long Recital Class I by cellist Richart van Zyl.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Award

Two tickets for the BPO 2020/2021 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.