Timetables for all sections have now been emailed to those making the entries.  The email includes the upload date(s) for your videos.  Please check  your spam folder if it isn’t in your inbox.   Remember to announce your pieces and leave 3 seconds before and after your performance.  

All the information can also be found on the relevant section pages on our website.

Music syllabuses published

The music syllabuses for the Springboard 2021 Virtual Festival are now available on the website. Just click here and navigate to the section(s) you are interested in.

Entrants will be required to record their performance, and you can find guidelines for making, labelling and uploading recordings here. The adjudicator will view the performances and they will be played to the other participants in the class and their supporters via a secure Zoom link. The adjudicator will give oral feedback, as usual. Comments sheets with written feedback (and marks for competitive classes) will be emailed to the performers, along with their certificates.

The deadline for entering the festival is 24 January 2021. Your confirmatory email will give you a further deadline for uploading your performance video (roughly a week before the date of the class).

For music classes in the Springboard 2021 Virtual Festival, the adjudicators will not be awarding first and second places, medals, prizes or cups, although they may choose to mention outstanding performances in their oral feedback. Our emphasis is on providing a supportive and constructive environment for our young performers.

For 2021, concerto classes for 14 years and under, and 15 to 19 years, will take place within each section, so don’t miss the opportunity to enter.

The Piano, Strings, and Guitar sections will also be running Be the Adjudicator classes, free to those who have entered other classes. Participants will be invited to listen to, and provide constructive feedback on, specially recorded performances. As well as helping to hone listening skills, these classes are intended to be interactive and fun, so do please join us if you can.

Speech & Drama 2021 syllabus now available

We are delighted to announce that Springboard Festival will take place during weekends in Feb/March 2021, but in the current circumstances it has been decided to do this virtually, via Zoom.

The Speech & Drama syllabus for the Springboard 2021 Virtual Festival is now available here. You will find most of the usual classes are still on offer, but we have added some new ones specially devised for this virtual festival.

Most classes will involve entrants providing pre-recorded performances, which will be played to the other participants, their supporters and the adjudicator via a secure Zoom link. Some virtual classes, such as Improvisation will, with a bit of technical wizardry, take place ‘live’.

NEW CLASSES: The Oral Communication classes invite students to give a persuasive, challenging and entertaining presentation. And in the Audio Book Characterisation classes they have the opportunity to bring a story to life for their audience by vividly voicing the different characters involved.

The deadline for entry for Speech & Drama is 6 DECEMBER 2020.

The music syllabuses will be published shortly, with an entry deadline in late January, as usual.

Springboard Virtual AGM – Thursday 17 September

This is to let you know that we are fully intending to hold Springboard 2021 – either as a physical (though probably socially distanced) festival, or as a virtual festival. Further details will be given at the (online) AGM, at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 September. See formal notice here.
If you would like to attend the virtual AGM, please email Kathy Palmer. She will email you an agenda and Zoom link on 10 September. It would be lovely to see some familiar faces.
Please note that in order to vote at the AGM you need to be a Springboard Member, but the good news is that this is open to anyone who supports Springboard. If you would like to become a member, email me, Sue Goodacre, on by 31 August and she will email you details and a form to fill in and return. (If you cannot print out the form and therefore need a copy posted to you, please give your postal address.)

We all look forward to seeing you there.


Timetables for all sections have been emailed to entrants.  If yours is not in your inbox please check your spam folder.  If you experience any other problems please contact Kathy Palmer, our administrator.


Brighton performance for former Springboard winner

St Luke’s Church, Friday 29th November: Juan Pablo Hinojosa – piano

Mexican pianist and Bechstein scholar Juan Pablo Hinojosa makes his St. Luke’s debut performing music by Russian masters Scriabin and Medtner, Debussy’s Images Book 1 and Beethoven’s sonata op. 109.

Juan Pablo Hinojosa is a Mexican pianist currently studying his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Bechstein scholar. He started his pianistic studies under Margarita Mandioni in Queretaro, Mexico in 2005. At the age of 16 he moved to the UK to study in the East Sussex Academy of Music under Rachel Fryer. During this time, he won, two years in a row, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in several categories of the Springboard Festival. In September 2014, Juan Pablo started studying for an undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, taught by Prof. Gordon Fergus-Thompson, also undertaking composition as a second study under Prof. Alison Kay. There he was an RCM Award Holder generously supported by an Evelyn Tarrant Scholarship and a Pamela Larkin Award. He has performed throughout Mexico and the UK, and his currently studying with Prof. Dina Parakhina. In 2020 he is scheduled to perform Medtner in Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall.

To view the programme please click here.

Friday 29th November 2019 7.30pm 
St. Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB
Admission: £7, £5 under 25s, free to under 16s.
Tickets available on the door. Wine and refreshments served. Disabled access.