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Festival Rules

Class Rules

Piano 

Classes 1 to 4; copies for adjudicators will be provided by the festival.          

Classes 5 to 18; please bring a copy for the adjudicator on the day of performance clearly marked with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume. You may not play the same piece in more than one class  in the festival unless a final.

 

Instrumental 

Classes 19 to 36.  All classes are own choice pieces.  Where a festival accompanist is required please send  full details of the piece and the instrument and a clearly legible hard copy of the accompaniment to  Ann Talboys, 18 Woodbottom Road, Netherton, Huddersfield, HD4 7DJ.  Telephone 01484665843 Email [email protected] by no later than Friday December 9 2022.   You must bring a further copy of the music for the adjudicator on the day marked clearly with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume.   You may not play the same piece in more than one class  in the festival unless a final.  Ensemble groups must enter the ensemble name as the performer and state the number in the group. Groups must provide their own equipment except for music stands which the festival will provide. Large groups (over 10 players) are permitted one professional player to play within  the group .

 

Young Voices

Classes 37 to 63

In the musical theatre and Disney classes the piece must be sung as a  concert item i.e. without costume, props or choreography. The festival accompanist will be provided for all entrants, if you wish to bring your own accompanist please let us know.  Please send  full details of the piece and a clearly legible hard copy of the accompaniment to  Richard Buxton 34 Fir Road Huddersfield HD1 4JE Telephone 01484 301291 Email [email protected] by no later than Friday December 9 2022.   You must bring a further copy of the music for the adjudicator on the day marked clearly with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume. 

 

Adult voices

Classes 64 to 78

All classes are own choice pieces and are open to all those in the qualifying age group.   In the musical theatre and Disney classes the piece must be sung as a  concert item i.e. without costume, props or choreography. The festival accompanist will be provided for all entrants, if you wish to bring your own accompanist please let us know.  Please send  full details of the piece and a clearly legible hard copy of the accompaniment to  Richard Buxton 34 Fir Road Huddersfield HD1 4JE Telephone 01484 301291 Email [email protected] by no later than Friday December 9 2022.   You must bring a further copy of the music for the adjudicator on the day marked clearly with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume. 

 

Choirs

Classes 80 to 95

All classes are own choice pieces and are open to all those in the qualifying age group. Junior and young people choirs are defined by school year group. Adult/mixed age choirs must be made up of at least 50% of the choir with ages 17 or over. You may not sing the same piece in more than one class  in the festival unless a final.  You must bring a further copy of the music for the adjudicator on the day marked clearly with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume. 

 

Speech and Drama

Classes 96-101 You must bring a copy of own choice pieces for the adjudicator on the day marked clearly with your name and the place of the piece if in a volume. 

 

Classes 102 - 107 Extracts must be read from a book, not paper or card
A short introduction is expected. Extracts must be competed within the maximum time allowed
Own choice copies for the Adjudicator must be brought to the Festival with the title of the book and its writer provided

Classes 108-111 The drama classes will be held in the main hall using the stage. The audience and adjudicator will sit on the risers. This will offer a raked, semi-circular seating area around the performance space. This setting will enhance performance opportunities within a large hall. Own choice  copies for the adjudicator must be brought to the festival. All scripts must be clearly legible, unmarked and of suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may include children. The performer must not change the words or gender of the character. All acting to be performed from memory. Costumes should not be worn but small had props/small items can be used. A short introduction to the piece should be provided for the audience but this will not be included in the time allowed. The suitability of the monologue or speech from a play will be taken inot account by the adjudicator.

 

Classes 112 to 114 Mime.  No costume or ‘hand props’ are allowed. Table and chairs will be provided. Shoes, if worn, must have soft soles. Sound effects or music may accompany the mime offstage, but equipment must be provided by the entrant.

 

Classes 115 - 125 Speech and Drama - OPEN classes (all ages) A copy of own choice pieces must be brought for the adjudicator on the day.

Other Festival Rules

1) Amateur Status

A) The Festival is for amateur performers only

i)  An amateur is considered to be one who does not derive part of their livelihood from the branch of performance defined by the class title, nor is an Equity card holder. Teachers of the defined discipline of the class are classed as professional 

ii) Junior Equity card holders under 18 years of age are deemed as amateur if it is not their sole means of support

B) Conductors and accompanists may be either professional or amateur

 

2) Age Limits

The age limit shown in a class listing must be adhered to. Performers may be asked for provide proof of age

 

3) Performance 

A) Set Pieces

i)  Set pieces must not be altered or edited

ii) Music must be performed in the key given and not transposed

B) Own Choice Pieces

i)  Own choice performance items must adhere to the title of the class and any other criteria given in the class listing

ii) Own choice pieces should not be the same piece with which the entrant has been placed first in a class in a previous five years of the festival

iii) The same item cannot be performed in more than one class, except in a final, Rosebowl class or the choirs’ prize-winners’ challenge

 

4)  Timings

A)  All performances in time-limited classes are timed from the start to the end of the performance.  A short introduction to the piece(s) should be provided for the audience but this will not be included in the time allowed. Time between pieces will not be included in the timings 

B)  If a time limit is exceeded the performer will not be allowed to take 1st, 2nd or 3rd place but will receive verbal and written adjudication

 

5) Dress Code

Although concert dress is not essential, all performers are advised to dress appropriately for a concert performance

 

6) Copyright Regulations

A) Performers must adhere to copyright regulations (Copyright Act 1956)

B) The Committee accepts entries on the understanding that requisite permissions have been granted

C) Works must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder

i)  Except photocopies may be made for the use of the adjudicator and/or accompanist at the festival, provided that the performer has already purchased his/her own copy which must be presented at the festival.  All photocopies will be retained after the event and destroyed

D)  Music Theatre classes

i)  All performances using music from shows in current production are subject to copyright law

ii)  Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item (i.e. without costume, props or choreography), without the need for copyright permission

E)  Own Choice Speech & Drama classes

i)  The Festival has an agreement with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. This means that entrants do not have to seek copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items performed, to a time limit of 10 minutes 

ii)  Acting is not covered by this agreement, and copyright for these items should be sought by performers at the time of entry. If you are unsure what is needed, you should call 01625 428297 (http://www.federationoffestivals.org.uk) for more, individual, information 

iii) Solo dramatic items must be announced with title and author at the time of performance to qualify for copyright indemnity, and the performer must not change the words or gender of the character

 

7) Accompanists & Music

A)  It is expected that the festival accompanists will be used for all performances except choirs.  Where a performance does not require the services of the festival’s professional accompanist details of any accompanist must be provided to the festival administrator (This excludes choir and musical theatre group classes who are expected to bring their own accompanist ) 

B). Clearly legible accompanist music on A4/foolscap sized paper and in black ink must be clearly marked with the Name of the Entrant, Class Number and Class Name, and Title of the piece. If the accompanist music is not clear it will be returned to the entrant and a better copy will be required. A good, legible photocopy of the piece to be performed for the use of the accompanist and which will be destroyed after use must be sent as outlined in the classes by Friday 9 December 2022.
Instrumental class music for the accompanist must be sent to:
Ann Talboys 18 Woodbottom Road, Netherton Huddersfield HD4 7DJ  01484 665843
Vocal class music for the accompanist must be sent to:
Richard Buxton 34 Fir Road, Huddersfield HD1 4JE  01484 301291

 

8) Adjudicators and Music/Scripts

A) Music

i)  A copy of own choice items must be brought to the festival marked on the front with the performer’s name, class and any page numbers
Except:  Piano classes 1 to 4.  It is not necessary to bring music from specified ABRSM books as they will be provided by the festival

B) Speech and Drama

i) A copy of own choice poetry / prose or original writing must be brought to the Festival for the Adjudicator.  All scripts must be clearly legible and of suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may include children. The title, author and publisher must be included with the name of the performer and class number

 

9) Entries

A) On-line entries should be made via the web-site www.mrssunderlandfestival.com

B) Postal entries must be sent to the appropriate Entries Administrator and received by the stated closing date

C) Fees are to be paid online via PayPal or via bank transfer to the festival - providing a clear reference number  

D) If you are entering a large number of entrants (e.g. a music teacher entering over 20 pupils) please contact the festival administrator via email to discuss the most appropriate form of entry. Contact [email protected]

E) In the event of withdrawal for whatever reason entry fees will not be refunded

F) In the event of a class being poorly supported it may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Committee and entry fees returned

 

10) Age Groupings

Where age is given, e.g. recital classes, the age of the performer is determined by their age in years at the 31st August in the year of the festival

The school years are given as guidance and do not imply that entrants need to be in education e.g. those aged 16-18 do not need to be in school or college               

 

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