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The 2023 Festival

Welcome to the 2023 Mrs Sunderland Festival.

We hope you enjoy looking at our new website where everything you need should be just a couple of clicks away!!

We have now added the whole festival timetable so that you can see when and where each class will be held, the names of the adjudicator and accompanist and the number of performers in each class.

Entries for the Adult singing workshop and the Toddler workshop are still open so why not sign up.

We are very excited to be presenting a Festival Dance Showcase concert on Monday 20 February which will showcase varied dance performances from local groups; this new showcase is a further contribution to the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and we hope that it will lead the way to more dance performances in the festival from 2024 when we will truly be able to call ourselves The Performing Arts Festival. 

We have taken the opportunity to update our rules, rubric and policies so please click on the links at the bottom of any of the website pages to review the changes. We have taken note of comments from last year and there are some major changes to some definitions in terms of age groups, amateur status, gender and mixed choirs.

Please read the class rules - in the festival rules section at the bottom left hand side of the web pages.

Entry has been made simpler - please just follow the instructions after you have pressed enter. We have a dedicated page to talk you through the process. I suggest that you use your email address for your user name too.  If you have any problems please contact me on [email protected] and I will get back to you.

Looking forward to seeing you in February

Ann Talboys

Festival Administrator

FESTIVAL TIMETABLE FEBRUARY 2023

   
Sunday 5 February Performers
Concert HallChoral Workshop 
   
Wednesday 15 February  
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail 
9.30 amClass 5 Piano solo - school year 8 and under12
10.40 amClass 6 Piano solo - school year 10 and under7
11.15 amClass 7 Piano solo school year 12 and under8
12.00 noonClass 8 Piano solo Sonatina - school year 9 and under7
   
Reception RoomCally Foster 
9.30 am Class 115 Bible Reading open5
9.50 amClass 116 Prepared reading open4
10.05 amClass 117 Prepared poetry reading open2
10.15 amClass 118 Sight reading open4
10.35 amClass 120 Solo acting  open3
10.55 amClass 121 Dramatic solo Shakespeare open2
11.05 amClass 122 Dialect speaking open7
11.55 amClass 125 Dialect poetry writing1
   
Concert HallCally Foster 
2.00pmClass 96 Verse speaking year 4 and under1
2.00pmClass 97 Verse speaking year 6 and under 3
2.00pmClass 98 Verse speaking year 9 and under 3
2.00 pmClass 99 Humorous verse school year 4 and under 1
2.00 pmClass 100 Humorous verse school year 6 and under 3
2.00 pmClass 101 Humorous verse school year 9 and under1
2.00 pmClass 102 Prepared reading school year 4 and under 1
2.00 pmClass 103 Prepared reading school year 6 and under 3
2.00 pmClass 104 Prepared reading school year 9 and under3
2.00 pmClass 105 Sight reading school year 6 and under1
2.00 pmClass 106 Bible Reading school year 6 and under1
2.00 pmClass 108 Solo acting school year 6 and under 7
2.00 pmClass 109 Solo acting school year 9 and under 8
2.00 pmClass 110 Solo acting school year 11 and under 2
2.00pmClass 111 Solo Acting Shakespeare school year 11 and under 1
   
Reception RoomBelinda Mikhail 
2.00 pmClass 16 Piano Duet school year 6 and under3
2.10 pmClass 17 Piano Duet school year 9 and under 4
2.30 pmClass 18 Family Piano Duet any age4
3.00 pmClass 1 Piano solo school year 3 and under 14
3.30 pmClass 2 Piano solo school year 4 and under 14
4.00 pmClass 3 Piano solo school year 5 and under 7
4.20 pmClass 4 Piano solo school year 6 and under 12
   
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail 
6.30 pmClass 9 Piano recital year 11 and under 5
8.00pmClass 10 Piano Solo Open7
8.50pmClass 11 Piano Solo music theatre and film open2
   
Thursday 16 February  
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail 
6.30 pmClass 12 Piano Solo sonata open2
6.50 pmClass 13 Piano Solo Chopin open3
7.20 pmClass 14 Piano Solo 20/21st century2
7.40 pmClass 15 Piano Recital open3
   
Friday 17 February  
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail with Jane Robertson 
9.30 amClass 19 String solo Yr 6 and under8
10.00 amClass 20 String solo Yr 9 and under7
10.40 amClass 21 String solo yr 13 and under3
11.00 amClass 22 String solo open4
11.40 amClass 24 Woodwind Yr 6 and under 3
11.50amClass 25 Woodwind Yr 9 and under 3
12.10pmClass 26 Woodwind Yr 13 and under 4
12.25pmClass 27 Woodwind Open2
   
2.00 pmClass 28 Brass solo Yr 6 and under4
2.20 pmClass 29 Brass solo year 13 and under 3
2.40 pmClass 30 Brass Solo open1
2.50 pmClass 32 Two Instruments2
3.10 pmClass 31 Solo Instrumentalists' Challenge4
   
6.30 pmClass 33 Small Instrumental Ensemble Yr 11 and under 4
7.10 pmClass 34 Small Instrumental Ensemble1
7.20 pmClass 35 Large Insrumental Ensemble1
   
Saturday 18 February  
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail with Jonathan Fisher 
9.30 amClass 51 Walt Disney Yr 10 and 1115
10.45 amClass 58 Music Theatre Yr 1011
11.45 amClass 59 Music Theatre Yr 117
   
Reception RoomMarilynne Davies with Chris Pulleyn 
9.30 amClass 47 Walt Disney Yr 67
10.10 amClass 48 Walt Disney Yr 78
10.55 amClass 55 Music Theatre Yr 6 and 7 9
   
Old Court RoomPhilip Dewhurst with Jane Robertson  
9.30 amClass 45 Walt Disney Yr 4 and under 1
9.30 amClass 46 Walt Disney Yr 53
9.50 amClass 54 Music Theatre Yr5 and under 7
10.30 amClass 49 Walt Disney  Yr 89
11.20 amClass 50 Walt Disney Yr 912
   
Concert HallBelinda Mikhail with Jonathan Fisher 
2.00 pmClass 64 Soprano solo open6
2.40 pmClass 65 Alto Solo open4
3.10 pmClass 66 Tenor solo open1
3.20 pmClass 68 Oratorio or sacred work8
4.20 pmClass 69 Operatic Solo4
   
Reception RoomMarilynne Davies with Chris Pulleyn 
2.00 pmClass 73 Walt Disney 17 and over3
2.25 pmClass 75 Vocal duet 17 and over1
2.40 pmClass 76 Music theatre 17 and over10
3.55 pmClass 77 Light opera 17 and over6
   
Old Court RoomPhilip Dewhurst with Jane Robertson  
2.00 pmClass 56 Music Theatre Yr 813
3.10 pmClass 57 Music Theatre Yr 913
   
Concert HallMarilynne Davies with Jane Robertson 
6.30 pmClass 74 Pop Ballad 17 and over6
7.15 pmClass 78 vocal recital 17 and over7
   
Reception RoomBelinda Mikhail with Jonathan Fisher 
6.30 pmClass 70 British Composer 17 and over7
7.30 pmClass 71 French Melodie or German Leider 17 and over9
8.40 pmClass 72 The Rose Bowl (64 to 71)7
   
Old Court RoomPhilip Dewhurst with Chris Pulleyn 
6.30 pmClass 52 Walt Disney Yrs 12 and 139
7.20 pmClass 60 Music Theatre Yrs 12 and 137
   
Sunday 19 February  
Concert HallAndrew Padmore with Jonathan Fisher 
10.00 amYoung Musician of the year20
   
Reception RoomMarilynne Davies with Chris Pulleyn 
10.00 amClass 41 Solo Yr 10 and 115
10.25 amClass 42 Solo Yr 12 and 134
10.45 amClass 43 English Song4
11.05 amClass 44 Young Singers Rose Bowl3
11.15 amClass 61 Unaccompanied Folk Song5
   
Old Court RoomPhilip Dewhurst with Jane Robertson  
10.00 amClass 37 Girls Solo Yr 5 and under4
10.20 amClass 38 Girls Solo Yr 6 and 78
11.05 amClass 39 Girls Solo Yr 8 and 914
12.15 pmClass 40 Junior Singers' Challenge3
   
Concert HallAndrew Padmore with Jonathan Fisher 
2.30 pmYoung Musician of the Year20
   
Reception RoomMarilynne Davies with Chris Pulleyn 
2.30 pmClass 62 Pop Ballad 14 to 17 yrs15
3.40 pmClass 63 Young Singers' Recital6
   
Monday 20 February  
Concert Hall  
MorningToddler Workshop 
EveningFestival Dance Showcase 
   
Tuesday 21 February  
Concert Hall  
MorningReach for the Stars Workshop 
AternoonTea-Dance 
   
Thursday 23 February  
MorningKey Stage 2 Workshop 
EveningKey Stage 2 Concert 
   
Friday 24 FebruaryMarilynne Davies 
9.30 amClass 81 Junior Choir -hymns or sacred song Yr 6 and under1
9.40 amClass 82 Junior choir Yr 6 and under previous non winner6
10.50 amClass 83 Junior Choir Y6 and under Festive3
11.30 amClass 84 Junior choir Yr 6 and under5
   
6.30 pmClass 85 Young People's Choir Yr 9 and under3
7.10 pmClass 86 Young People's Choir Yr 11 and under 3
7.50 pmClass 87 Young people's choir 21 years and under 6
   
Saturday 25 FebruaryMarilynne Davies 
10.30 amClass 88 Adult Choirs Christmas/Festive3
11.30 amClass 90 Small choirs1
11.45 amClass 91 Ladies Choirs 2
   
1.30 pmClass 92 Male Voice Choirs2
2.00 pmClass 93 Mixed Choirs2
2.40 pmClass 94 Choir Programme6
   
7.00 pmClass 95 choir challenge4, 5 or 6 

Festival DATES

Sunday 5 February and Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 February 2023

 

Sunday 5 February

Adult Choral Workshop and Concert

Wednesday 15 February

Piano and Speech and Drama classes

Thursday 16 February

Piano and Speech and Drama classes

Friday 17 February

Instrumentalists and ensemble classes

Musical Theatre group performances

Saturday 18 February

Vocal classes

Sunday 19 February

Vocal classes

Young Musician of the Year 2023

 

 

Monday 20 February

Toddler Workshop

Festival Dance Workshop

Tuesday 21 February

Reach for the Stars - Special Needs Event

Music for the Brain tea dance.

Thursday 23 February

Key Stage 2 workshop

Friday 24 February

Junior and Youth Choirs

Saturday 25 February

Adult Choirs 

The Last Night at the Festival Concert

Winning Performers

Workshops

Classes




 
1
Piano solo - school year 3 and under

One piece from Roundabout by Alan Haughton ABRSM

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
2
Piano solo - school year 4 and under

One piece from the 2021/22 or 23/24 ABRSM piano syllabus. Grade 1, No 1,2 or 3 from list A, B or C.

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
3
Piano solo - school year 5 and under

One piece from the 2021/22 or 23/24 ABRSM piano syllabus. Grade 2 or grade 3 No 1,2 or 3 from list A, B or C

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
4
Piano solo - school year 6 and under

One piece from the 2021/22 or 23/24 ABRSM piano syllabus. Grade 3 or grade 4, No 1,2 or 3 from list A,B or C

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
5
Piano solo - school year 8 and under

One own choice piece of grade 5 standard and above

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
6
Piano solo -school year 10 and under

One own choice piece of grade 6 standard and above

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
7
Piano solo -school year 12 and under

One own choice piece of grade 7 standard and above

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
8
Piano solo Sonatina - school year 9 and under

One own choice Sonatina (not sonata) movement

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
9
Piano Recital - school year 11 and under

A recital of three own choice pieces of at least grade 5 standard in contrasting styles, with credit being given for a balanced programme. The progamme must not include any other pieces played during this year's festival.

Maximum Performance Duration: 15 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £12

 
10
Piano solo - open

One own choice piece of grade 8 standard or above The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the solo instrumentalist's challenge later in the festival.

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
11
Piano solo Music Theatre and Film - open

One piece from any show or film

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
12
Piano solo Sonata - open

One movement from a classical sonata e.g. Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or similar which must be of grade 8 standard or above.

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
13
Piano solo Chopin - open

One piece from any work by Chopin which must be of grade 8 standard or above

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
14
Piano solo 20th Century or 21st Century - open

One piece from any work written no earlier than 1900 which must be of grade 8 standard or above.

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
15
Piano Recital - open

A recital of a minimum of two pieces of at least grade 8 standard in contrasting styles with credit being given for a balanced programme

Maximum Performance Duration: 15 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £12

 
16
Piano Duet - school year 6 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
17
Piano Duet - school year 9 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
18
Family Piano Duet - any ages

One or two own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
19
String solo - school year 6 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
20
String solo - school year 9 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
21
String solo - school year 13 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
22
String solo - open

One own choice piece of grade 8 standard or above The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the solo instrumentalists' challenge later in the festival.

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
23
Guitar solo - school year 11 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £7

 
24
Woodwind/Recorder solo school year 6 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
25
Woodwind/Recorder solo school year 9 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
26
Woodwind/Recorder solo school year 13 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
27
Woodwind/recorder solo open

One own choice piece of grade 8 standard or above. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the solo instrumentalists' challenge later in the festival.

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
28
Brass solo - school year 6 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
29
Brass solo school year 13 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
30
Brass solo open

One own choice piece of grade 8 standard or above. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the solo instrumentalists' challenge later in the festival.

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
31
Solo Instrumentalist's Challenge

Qualifying winners of classes 10, 22,27 and 30 will play their winning pieces

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
32
Two Instruments or Instrument and Voice

Two own choice pieces. These may be two pieces for different solo instruments or one instrumental piece and one vocal piece (in all cases with or without accompaniment)

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
33
Small Instrumental Ensemble - school year 11 and under

Own choice piece(s) - any combination of instruments

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £14

 
34
Small Instrumental Ensemble - all ages

Own choice piece(s) - any combination of instruments (2-10 players)

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £14

 
35
Large Instrumental Ensemble - all ages

Own choice piece(s) - any combination of instruments (11 and over players)

Maximum Performance Duration: 12 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £18

 
36
Ukulele Group - all ages

Own choice programme

Maximum Performance Duration: 12 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £18

 
37
Solo - school year 5 and under

Either Jennie Jenkins - Traditional American (Sing Together - 100 songs for Unison Singing) Verse 1 and 4 only.
Or Ho-la-hi - Traditional German (Sing Together - 100 songs for Unison Singing (Verse 1 and 2)
The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the Junior Singers' Challenge. (Class 40)

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
38
Solo - school years 6 and 7

Either Skye Boat Song - Traditional Scottish (ABRSM Songbook Plus Grade 1)

Or The Swing - Christopher Field / Robert L. Stevenson (ABRSM Songbook Plus Grade 2)
The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the Junior Singers' Challenge. (Class 40)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
39
Solo - school years 8 and 9

Either Song of the bluebell wood - Betty Roe (ABRSM Songbook Plus 4)
Or She’s Like the Swallow - Traditional Newfoundland (ABRSM Songbook 4)
Or Caro Mio Ben - Giordani (Selection of Italian Arias 1600-1800 Vol. 1 (Low and high voice)
The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in the Junior Singers' Challenge. (Class 40)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
40
Junior Singers' Challenge

Qualifying winners of classes 37,38 and 39 will sing their winning pieces

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
41
Solo - school years 10 and 11

Either Linden Lee - V Williams (ABRSM Songbook 5)
Or Sebben Crudele - Caldara ( A Selection of Italian Arias 1600-1800 (Vol. 2 High/Low) )
Or The Birds - B. Britten (Boosey and Hawkes Song Collection Vol 2)
The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl for young singers. (Class 44)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
42
Solo - school years 12 and 13

One own choice song. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl for young singers. (Class 44)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
43
Young Singers’ English Song - school year 13 and under

One own choice song (not originating from an opera) by Purcell, Dowland, Boyce or Arne.The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl for young singers. (Class 44)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
44
Young Singers' Rosebowl

Qualifying winners of classes 41, 42 and 43 will sing their winning pieces

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
45
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 4 and under

Either Lavender Blue - from So Dear to my heart. Larry Morey and Eliot Daniel (Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs)
Or Winnie the Pooh - Adventures of Winnie the Poo. R Sherman and R Sherman (Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs)

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
46
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 5

Either Heigh Ho - Snow White. L Morey and F Churchill (Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs)
Or Scales and Arpeggios - The Aristocats. R Sherman and R Sherman ( musicnotes.com Verse 1 and 2)
Or Lets go fly a kite - Mary Poppins. R Sherman and R Sherman (The Best of Singing 1-3 Low/ High)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
47
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 6

Either Someone’s Waiting for you - from the Rescuers C Connors, A Robbins, S Fain (Kids Musical Theatre Collection Vol. 2)
Or Touch the Sky - Brave A Mandel, M Andrews and A Mandel ( Contemporary Disney 50 Favourite Songs) Intro Starting half way down page 228)
Or Do you want to build a snowman? - Frozen K Anderson- Lopez and R Lopez (www.musicnotes.com (Eb Maj, D maj, F maj )

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
48
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 7

Either All is Found - Frozen 2 K Anderson- Lopez and R Lopez ( www.musicnotes.com (A min, B min, C Min) )
Or Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast. H Ashman and A Menken (Junior Songscape Stage and Screen - Lin Marsh)
Or Happy Working Song - Enchanted. A Menken and S Shwartz ( www.musicnotes.com (C Maj, D maj, Eb maj) )

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
49
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 8

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
50
The Magic of Walt Disney - school year 9

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
51
The Magic of Walt Disney - school years 10 and 11

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
52
The Magic of Walt Disney - school years 12 and 13

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
53
Group Musical Theatre year 6 and under

A group excerpt/showpiece from any Musical Theatre or operetta. Maximum 20 people. To be held in the main hall using the stage. All libretti/scripts must be suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may contain children. Each group should provide own accompanist or backing track. Hand props may be used with limited costume if essential to the piece. Please note that there are no suitable changing room facilities available.

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £18

 
54
Music Theatre - school year 5 and under

Either Doll on a Music Box - Chitty Bang Bang. R Sherman and R Sherman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Musical Selections)
Or Do-re-me - The Sound of Music - Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection)
Or We’re off to see the Wizard - Wizard of Oz. E Y Harburg and H Arlen (ABRSM Songbook Plus Grade 1)

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
55
Music Theatre - school year 6 and 7

Either Once Upon a December - Anastasia. L Ahrens and S Flaherty (Anastasia Vocal Selections)
Or Flash, Bang, Wollop - Half a Sixpence. D Heneker, G Stiles and A Drewe (Junior Songscape Stage and Screen)
Or Neverland - Finding Neverland. E Kennedy and G Barlow (www.musicnotes.com (F maj, G maj, Eb Maj)

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
56
Music Theatre - school year 8

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
57
Music Theatre - school year 9

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
58
Music Theatre - school year 10

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
59
Music Theatre school year 11

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
60
Music Theatre - school years 12 and 13

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
61
Unaccompanied Folk Song- school year 11 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
62
Pop Ballad - age between 14 and 17 inclusive

One own choice piece which may be self accompanied, may be accompanied by the festival accompanist or may use a backing track. Backing tracks using phones will require an adaptor to connect to the town hall systems.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
63
Young Singers' Vocal Recital - school years 10 to 13

Recital of One 17th or 18th century song or aria, sung in the original language, one English art Song from the 20th century and one own choice song or aria

Maximum Performance Duration: 12 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £12

 
64
Soprano solo - age 17 and over

One own choice song in any language. This should not be a solo from a choral or stage work The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
65
Mezzo-soprano or Alto solo - age 17 and over

One own choice song in any language. This should not be a solo from a choral or stage work The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
66
Tenor solo - age 17 and over

One own choice song in any language. This should not be a solo from a choral or stage work The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
67
Baritone or Bass solo - age 17 and over

One own choice song in any language. This should not be a solo from a choral or stage work The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
68
Oratorio or Sacred Work solo - age 17 and over

One own choice piece which must be in the original key. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
69
Operatic solo - age 17 years and over

One own choice piece which must be in the original key. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge. (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
70
British Composer solo - age 17 years and over

One own choice piece from any 20th or 21st century British composer. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
71
French Melodie or German Lieder - age 17 years and over

One own choice piece from the French repertoire sung in the original language OR one own choice piece from the Lieder repertoire sung in the original language. The winner gaining a B grade or above will be invited to compete in The Rose Bowl Challenge (Class 72)

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
72
The Rose Bowl

Qualifying winners of classes 64 to 71 will sing their winning pieces

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
73
The Magic of Walt Disney - age 17 years and over

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
74
Pop Ballad - age 17 years and over

One own choice piece which may be self accompanied, may be accompanied by the festival accompanist or may use a backing track. Backing tracks using phones will require an adaptor to connect to the town hall systems. This class excludes performers from class 62.

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
75
Vocal Duet -age 17 years and over

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
76
Music Theatre - age 17 years and over

One own choice song from any musical written between 1950 and the present day which must be sung as a concert item.

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
77
Light Opera - age 17 years and over

One own choice song from any light opera or musical written before 1950 which must be sung as a concert item.

Maximum Performance Duration: 6 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
78
Vocal Recital - age 17 years and over

A recital of three contrasting own choice songs or arias. To enter this class you must have performed in at least one other class in the festival. You cannot sing any piece performed in any other class.

Maximum Performance Duration: 12 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £12

 
79
Group music theatre

A group excerpt/showpiece from any Musical Theatre or operetta. Maximum 20 people. To be held in the main hall using the stage. All libretti/scripts must be suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may contain children. Each group should provide own accompanist or backing track. Hand props may be used with limited costume if essential to the piece. Please note that there are no suitable changing room facilities available.

Maximum Performance Duration: 18 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
80
Junior Choir - KS2 workshop performance

One of the songs performed at the Key Stage Two workshop. Maximum 50 voices

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
81
Junior Choir - Hymns and Sacred Songs school year 6 and under

Two contrasting own choice sacred pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
82
Junior Choir - Previous non-winners - school year 6 and under

Two contrasting own choice pieces for any junior choir which has not entered the festival more than three times and has not won a class at the festival in the past five years

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
83
Junior Choir- Christmas/Festive school year 6 and under

Two contrasting Christmas/Festive pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
84
Junior Choir –Open to all - school year 6 and under

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
85
Young People’s Choir - school year 9 and under

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
86
Young People’s Choir - school year 11 and under

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
87
Young people's Choir 21 years and under

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £20

 
88
Adult/Mixed age Choir - Christmas/Festive

Two contrasting Christmas/Festive pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
89
Adult/Mixed age Choir

Two contrasting own choice pieces. Open to any choir which has not been placed first in a class at the festival over the last five years

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
90
Adult/Mixed age Small Choir - up to 20 voices

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
91
Adult/Mixed Aged Female Voice Choir 21 voices and over

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
92
Adult/Mixed Aged Male Voice Choir - 21 voices and over

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
93
Adult/Mixed Aged Mixed Voice Choir - 21 voices and over

Two contrasting own choice pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 8 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
94
Choir Programme - open to choirs in classes 88 to 93

A balanced programme of up to three pieces

Maximum Performance Duration: 12 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £22

 
95
Choir Challenge

Five or six invited choirs from classes 88 to 94 judged by the adjudicator to be the most appropriate groups to sing in the evening concert. It is possible that not all winning choirs will be invited. Performance will be judged on entertainment value. Pieces may be specially prepared for this class or those sung in previous classes. No adjudicator copies are required. This class will take place during the Last Night of the Festival Concert on Saturday February 25 2023

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
96
Verse speaking - school year 4 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
97
Verse Speaking - school year 6 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
98
Verse Speaking - school year 9 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
99
Humorous verse speaking - school year 4 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
100
Humorous Verse Speaking - school year 6 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
101
Humorous Verse Speaking - school year 9 and under

Own choice verse from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
102
Prepared reading - school year 4 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
103
Prepared reading - school year 6 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
104
Prepared reading - school year 9 and under

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 2 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
105
Sight reading school year 6 and under

You will be given a few minutes to read through a piece of prose before reading to the adjudicator. Each performer will be given the same conditions.

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
106
Bible reading school year 6 and under

The reading must be from the King James Version of the Bible. Either 1 Samuel 3 vs 1-10 The Lord calls Samuel OR John 21 vs 1-14 The Miraculous catch of Fish

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
107
Story telling school years 7 to 10

Each performer will be provided with an OBJECT around which a story must be built. A spontaneous response is required. Story must have suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may include children.

Entries Closed

Fee: £0

 
108
Solo Acting school year 6 and under

One own choice speech from any play excluding Shakespeare or from a monologue to be performed from memory.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
109
Solo Acting school year 9 and under

One own choice speech from any play excluding Shakespeare or from a monologue to be performed from memory.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
110
Solo Acting school year 11 and under

One own choice speech from any play excluding Shakespeare or from a monologue to be performed from memory.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
111
Solo Acting - Shakespeare school year 11 and under

One own choice speech from a Shakespeare play to be performed from memory.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
112
Solo Mime - school year 6 and under

Set title; Handle with care

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
113
Solo Mime - school years 7 to 9

Set title; Temptation

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
114
Solo Mime - school years 10 to 13

Set title; The Wrong Door

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £8

 
115
Bible reading open (excluding performers in Class 106)

The reading must be from the King James Version of the Bible. Either Micah 4 vs 1-5 The Mountain of the Lord OR Matthew 9 vs 18-27 Peter's Confession to Christ

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
116
Prepared reading - open

One own choice piece

Maximum Performance Duration: 3 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
117
Prepared poetry reading - open

Any poem written by John Betjeman, not from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
118
Sight reading - open

You will be given a few minutes to read through a piece of prose before reading to the adjudicator. Each performer will be given the same conditions.

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
119
Story telling - open

Each performer will be provided with an OBJECT around which a story must be built. A spontaneous response is required. Story must have suitable content to cause no offence to a mixed audience which may include children.

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
120
Solo acting - open

One own choice speech from any play excluding Shakespeare or from a monologue to be performed from memory.

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
121
Dramatic solo - Shakespeare open

One own choice speech from any Shakespeare time includes any introduction, to be performed from memory

Maximum Performance Duration: 4 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
122
Dialect speaking open

One own choice piece. Performers are reminded that the material should exercise dialect speaking rather than just regional accent.

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
123
Poetry Writing open

The piece must be no longer than 5 minutes in speaking

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
124
Prose writing open

The piece must be no longer than 5 minutes in speaking

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

 
125
Dialect Poetry Writing

The piece must be no longer than 5 minutes in speaking

Maximum Performance Duration: 5 minutes

Entries Closed

Fee: £9

125 Classes Found

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