Musical Theatre

Our Musical Theatre section took place on 9 and 10 March 2024 at All Saints Church and at Lancing Prep School in Hove. The perfromances were enthusiastically and ably adjudicated by Nikki Gerrard, who gave much encouragement and valuable advice on expressive use of voice and movement.

Every level, from beginner to accomplished performer, is catered for. Younger performers enter according to their school year. All classes are competitive.

For those aged 16 to 24 there is an opportunity to sing two contrasting songs and to win a coaching prize from Mary Hammond.

See also our  Classical Singing section.

Springboard is very grateful to Ackerman Music for their generosity in supplying us with a digital piano for use at Lancing Prep School.


Musical Theatre Rules

1 Performers should pay close attention to the time limit for each class, as a performance that is
over the limit will have marks deducted.
2 Performing songs from memory is encouraged but not compulsory. Marks are awarded for both
performance and communication, and as singing from music may have a negative impact on
communication it could affect the final mark.
3 No pop songs are permitted in any classes unless from a Juke Box musical.
4 Where needed, pupils must either provide their own accompanist or use a recommended
accompanist as listed on the Springboard website. Backing tracks and amplification are not
5 Copies of music or scores are required for the Adjudicator for all classes. (See Music Rules below
regarding the copying of copyright works.)
6 A piece may be sung in only one class in the Festival.
7 In classes for under-18s, teachers and performers should be aware that the music chosen needs
to be appropriate to the performer’s age and ability.
8 Intermediate and adult performers are asked to sing in the original language wherever possible if
the original language is English, French, German, Italian or Latin.
9 PLEASE NOTE that Springboard reserves the right not to refund entry fees if an entrant decides
to withdraw.

Music and 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 & Regulations

Please ensure that you read the Festival’s General Rules & Regulations, downloadable here.