Heather Cowl

Heather Cowl presenting the Doris Waymark Trophy to Didi Murray-Brown

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Piano Section Secretary, Heather Cowl.

Heather was involved with Springboard for many years and was an invaluable member of the Piano Section respected for her knowledge, passion and sense of humour.

She will be greatly missed.


Congratulations to Riya Hamie, former winner of Springboard’s Corin Long Recital class, who has won the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) playing the monumental Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor.  Read more here.

Brenock O’Connor – inspiring the next generation

We are delighted to announce that Brenock O’Connor, who has taken part in Springboard for many years, is to become a patron of Springboard.
He has worked on productions such as Game of Thrones, The Bromley Boys, Dickensian and has recently finished shooting the second series of Alex Rider for Amazon Prime. His theatre credits include Oliver! (Tour), Plastic (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath), Goodbye Rosetta (Camden/Edinburgh Fringe) and Sing Street: The Musical (NYTW, original cast). He also performs and produces music under his pseudonym, McGovern.


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.