2019 Syllabus

Classes

Linfield Ltd (Property Developers) has again given a substantial donation towards the prizes this year.
In Classes A & B, the prize will be £200 for each class.

Past first prize winners in Classes A, B, & C, are not eligible to compete in the same class again.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

AOrchestral Instrument Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Colin Touchin

Recital class for any instrument (accompanied or unaccompanied), other than piano and organ. Harpsichordists will be welcome but they must bring their own harpsichord. Own choice of programme of not less than 20 mins and not more than 25 mins. The Official Accompanist is available at £11 per competitor, but competitors are strongly advised to bring their own accompanists.

Entry Fee: £24.00

BSong Recital Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Alison Mary Sutton

Own choice programme of not less than 15 mins and not more than 20 minutes. The programme content must be suitable for a Concert Recital; operatic arias should be excluded. The Official Accompanist is available at £11 per competitor, but competitors are strongly advised to bring their own accompanists.

Entry Fee: £24.00

CPiano Recital Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Own choice programme of not less than 25 mins and not more than 30 mins. Programme content will also be assessed.

Entry Fee: £24.00

DHelen Goodworth Memorial Award

Award: Cup and £25 prize.

18 yrs & under: Singers 20 yrs & under

Any solo instrument or voice. Competitors should perform a programme of not less than 12 mins and not more than 15 mins. Credit will be given for choice of programme, presentation and deportment. The Official Accompanist is available for this class at £4 per competitor.

Entry Fee: £12.00

E Maurice Jacobson Award

Award: Cup and £25 prize.

18 yrs & under

For general musicianship. Open to all solo instruments or voices. Own choice on first instrument of one or two pieces, minimum Grade 8 standard. Time limit 10 mins, with minimum 8 mins.

In addition, candidates must give a performance on a second instrument or voice (minimum standard Grade 5). Time limit 5 mins with minimum of 3mins.

The Official Accompanist is available for this class at £4 per competitor.

Entry Fee: £12.00

GAnn Nutt Memorial Class

Award: £50

21 yrs & under

Concerto class for any instrument other than keyboard.

First movement only of own choice concerto. The Official Accompanist is available for this class at £6 per competitor.

This is an annual award in memory of Ann Nutt who greatly helped and supported the festival.

Entry Fee: £12.00

HAny Instrument or Voice Recital Class

Award: £40

36 yrs & over

Any solo instrument or voice with accompaniment. Own choice. A recital of not less than 15 mins and not more than 20 mins. Choice of programme will be taken into account.

The Official Accompanist is available for this class at £6 per competitor.

Entry Fee: £12.00

Ernest Pinnell Cup - Piano Solo classes: up to 12 years old
Jack Gibbons Cup - Piano Solo classes: Classes 7,10 & 11
Winifred Swann Cup - Piano Solo: French Piano class
Creaser-Kitching Cup - Piano Solo: Open Chopin class
Oxford Times Piano Cup - Piano Duet classes
The Antony Hopkins Memorial Award - Piano Solo: classes 18, 19, 20 ,21 ,22 & 23
Louise Donaghy Trophy - Piano Duet & Trio: classes 31 & 32

The top award-winning pianist will be eligible to compete for the annual Piano Challenge Trophy and £300 cash prize at the North London Music Festival in May 2019.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

+Refer to Rule 5 in Rules and Information

Solos

1+8 yrs & under - Piano Solo

A Dance in the Dew & The Lonely Track from By Land And Sea (Joan Last)

(Stainer and Bell)Fee: £5.50

28 yrs & under - Beginners - Non-competitive Piano Solo

Own choice of one or two pieces; up to grade 1 standard

Time limit 2 minsFee: £5.50

3+9 yrs & under - Piano Solo

The Knight & Hubert The Friar from Canterbury Tales (Lesley Fly)

(Forsyth)Fee: £5.50

4+11 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Melody (Khachaturian) & The Mechanical Doll (Shostakovich) from Classics to Moderns 3 ed. Denes Agay

(Yorktown Music Press)Fee: £7.00

511 yrs & under - Non-competitive Piano Solo

Own choice of one or two pieces; up to grade 2 standard

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

6+12 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Sweet Dreams & The Song of the Lark (Tchaikovsky) from Album for the Young

(Associated Board)Fee: £8.00

7+13 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Bagatelle in G minor Op. 119 No. 1 (Beethoven) with repeats

(Any good edition)Fee: £8.00

813 yrs & under - Non-competitive Piano Solo

Own choice of one or two pieces; up to grade 3 standard

Time limit 3 minsFee: £8.00

914 - 18 yrs - Non-competitive Piano Solo

Own choice: minimum standard grade 4

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

10+15 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Prelude in D flat Op. 28 No. 15 (Chopin)

(Any good edition)Fee: £9.00

11+17 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Ostinato from Book VI Mikrokosmos (Bartok)

(Boosey & Hawkes)Fee: £9.00

12+18 yrs & under - French Piano Class

Award: Winifred Swann Cup for French piano music

Any piece or pieces by a French composer. Any grade.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £9.00

1310 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 3

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

1412 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 5

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

1515 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 6

Time limit 10 minsFee: £9.00

1618 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Jean Loughman Memorial Class Annual Award: £50 donated by Dr Brian Loughman in memory of his wife, who greatly helped and supported the festival.

Two or three contrasting pieces; minimum standard grade 7

Time limit 13 minsFee: 13.00

1719 yrs & - Adult non-competitive Piano Solo

Own choice; minimum standard Grade 5

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

The annual Antony Hopkins Memorial Award of £50, donated by his wife Beatrix, will be given for the highest mark of Classes 18,19, 20,21,22 & 23

18Open - Baroque Piano Solo

Own choice; Baroque composer

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

19Open - Classical Piano Solo

Own choice; Classical composer

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

20Open - Romantic Piano Solo

Own choice; Romantic composer (not Chopin - see Class 25)

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

21Open - French Piano Solo

One or two pieces by French composer

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

22Open - Spanish/South American Piano Solo

One or two pieces by Spanish or South American composer

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

23Open - 20th & 21st Century Piano Class

One or two pieces composed in 20th or 21st century

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

2421 yrs & over - Adult Amateur Piano Solo

Open to non-career musicians only. This class is not open to diploma holders. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

25Open - Chopin Class

Creaser-Kitching Cup

Competitors should perform one work or two contrasting pieces by Chopin.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

Duets & Trios

269 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Stepping Stones & Raindrops (Barbara Kirkby-Mason) from First Duet Album

(Bosworth)Fee: £7.00

2712 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Hornpipe Rondo (Anthony Hedges)

(Robertson Publications)Fee: £7.00

2815 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Berceuse (Fauré) from Dolly Suite

(UMP)Fee: £8.00

2918 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Le Pas Espagnole (Fauré) from Dolly Suite

(UMP)Fee: £9.00

The Louise Donaghy Trophy will be given for the highest mark of Classes 30 or 31

30Open - Piano Duet

Rustique & Final from Sonate (Poulenc)

(Chester)Fee: £10.50

31Any age - Piano Trio

Own choice of a piece for 3 players at one piano.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Piano Accompaniment

32Open - Brian Hitch Accompanist’s Class

The accompanist should bring a singer or instrumentalist to perform a piece or pieces of up to 10 mins in length. The soloist will not be adjudicated and can perform the item(s) in other classes. The minimum standard for the accompanist is Grade 6.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £8.50

Rohan de Saram Cup will be awarded in the Competitive Solo Classes

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

+Refer to Rule 5 in Rules and Information

Non-competitive Classes

  • Any bowed string instrument.
  • Entrants for these classes may not enter any competitive solo string classes.

336 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 2 minsFee: £5.50

348 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

359 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

3610 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

3711 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

3812 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

3915 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

4018 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £9.00

4119 yrs & over - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

42Suzuki Violin Group Non-competitive

Oxford Suzuki Violin Studio directed by Anna Mullaney. Music selected from Suzuki Violin School.Fee: £2.00

Competitive Solos

  • Any bowed string instrument.

43+9 yrs & under - Local - String Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

44+12 yrs & under - Local - String Solo

Own choice. Minimum standard Grade 2.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

45+15 yrs & under - Local - String Solo

Own choice. Minimum standard Grade 4.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

46+18 yrs & under - Local - String Solo

Own choice. Minimum standard Grade 6.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £9.00

47Open - String Solo

Please state instrument on entry form. Own choice. Minimum standard Grade 8.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £10.50

48Open - Unaccompanied Bach

Any string instrument. Own choice of two contrasting movements.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £11.50

Competitive Recital Classes

  • Recital classes for any bowed string instrument with or without piano.
  • Choice of programme will be taken into account.

49+8 yrs & under - Bowed String Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Gr 2.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £5.50

50+10 yrs & under - Bowed String Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Gr 3.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £7.00

51+12 yrs & under - Bowed String Recital

Two or three contrasting pieces, not less than 7 mins and not more than 9 mins duration.

Time limit 9 minsFee: £9.00

52+15 yrs & under - Bowed String Recital

Two or three contrasting pieces, not less than 9 mins and not more than 11 mins duration.

Time limit 11 minsFee: £9.00

53+18 yrs & under - Bowed String Recital

Two or three contrasting pieces, not less than 12 mins and not more than 14 mins duration.

Time limit 14 minsFee: £13.00

Lennox Berkeley Society Award - Open Guitar Recital Class
Patrick Gibson Cup - 11 yrs & under
Bee & Patrick Gibson Cup - 13 & 15 yrs & under
Ian Ellis Segovia Cup - 18 yrs & under and Open classes

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

+Refer to Rule 5 in Rules and Information

Guitar ensembles, see also Ensemble Classes in Section 6 and Section 6a

All guitar music is available from: Blackwell’s Music Shop, Oxford, OX1 3BQ Tel: (01865) 333582 and Guitarnotes, Nottingham, NG5 0HW Tel: 07765004663 (www.spanishguitar.com)

Non-competitive Classes

54Any age - Guitar Solo or Duet

Non-competitive Solo or Duet Two or three contrasting pieces.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

Competitive Solos

55+9 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

Own Choice. One or two pieces with an accompanying second guitar if desired (e.g. parent, teacher or friend).

Time limit 2 minsFee: £5.50

56+11 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

Spellbound by Nicholas Powlesland from Guitar Grade 1 (2016-2019) (Trinity College) AND one other piece

Total time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

57+13 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

El Noi de la Mare (Trad. Catalan arr. Powlesland) from Guitar Grade 3 (2016-2019) (Trinity College) AND one contrasting piece

Total time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

58+15 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

El Caminante by Ernesto Cordero from Guitar Grade 5 (2016-2019) (Trinity College) AND one contrasting piece

Total time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

59+18 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

One piece by Antonio Lauro or Leo Brouwer AND one or two own choice pieces

Total time limit 7 minsFee: £9.00

60Any age - Guitar Solo

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice. No more than 3 years’ tuition on 1st January 2019.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

61Open - Guitar Solo

A contrasting programme of two or three pieces.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

62Open - Guitar Recital Class

The Lennox Berkeley Society Award for Guitar Performance.

The Lennox Berkeley Society will award a £200 prize and a trophy for a short recital of works by Lennox Berkeley, or composers who studied with him.

For details of this syllabus please visit the website www.lennoxberkeley.org.uk and see ’Awards’ or contact our Secretary for more information: anne.baker@lineone.net (01865) 557547.

Fee: £15.00

Competitive Duets

6312 yrs & under - Guitar Duet

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

6416 yrs & under - Guitar Duet

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

65Open - Guitar Duet

A contrasting programme. Own Choice

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

Competitive Ensembles

  • 3 or more players. Number should be stated on entry form.

6615 yrs & under - Guitar Ensemble

One or two pieces. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £10.00

6718 yrs & under - Guitar Ensemble

A contrasting programme. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

68Open - Guitar Ensemble

A contrasting programme. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

Recorder Classes

Sybil Whitman Cup - Solo Recorder Junior classes
Praetorius Cup - Recorder Open classes

Recorder Solos

699 yrs & under - Descant Solo

Own choice of two contrasting pieces

Total time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

7011 yrs & under - Descant and/or Treble Solo

Own choice of two contrasting pieces

Total time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

7113 yrs & under - Descant and/or Treble Solo

Own choice of two contrasting pieces

Total time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

Recorder Duets

  • Players may change places for the second piece.

7211 yrs & under - Any combination of two recorders

Own choice of one or two pieces

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

7315 yrs & under - Any combination of two recorders.

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

74Open - Any combination of two recorders.

Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

Recorder Ensembles

7513 yrs & under - Recorder ensemble

More than one player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £8.00

Recorder Consorts

7615 yrs & under - Recorder Consort

One player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

77Open - Recorder Consort

One player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £15.00

Recorder Recital Classes

7815 yrs & under - Recorder Recital

Own choice of programme, with or without accompaniment.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

79Open - Recorder Recital

Own choice of programme, with or without accompaniment.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £15.00

Recorder Trio Sonata Class

8018 yrs & under - Trio Sonata Class

Own choice of trio sonata for two recorders and continuo OR one recorder and any other instrument and continuo. The continuo player may be of any age.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

Woodwind Classes

Cecil Aron Cup - 15 yrs & under Woodwind Classes
Leon Goossens Cup - Woodwind Classes 18 yrs and under & Open

Non-Competitive Woodwind Solos

  • Entrants for these classes may not enter any competitive woodwind classes.

81Any age - Woodwind Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Woodwind Solos

  • Any woodwind instrument, other than recorder, with or without accompaniment.

8213 yrs & under - Woodwind Solo

Any woodwind instrument other than recorder Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Woodwind Recital Classes

  • Any woodwind instrument, other than recorder, with or without accompaniment. Competitors will be expected to perform a programme of their own choice.
  • Choice of programme will be taken into account.

8315 yrs & under - Woodwind Recital

Any woodwind instrument other than recorder Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

84Open - Woodwind Recital

Any woodwind instrument other than recorder Own choice.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £15.00

Brass Solos

  • Any brass instrument.
Harry Mortimer Cup - Brass Solo

85+11 yrs & under - Brass Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

86+15 yrs & under - Brass Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 5 mins;Fee: £8.00

87Open - Brass Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £10.50

Gordon Woodward Memorial Trophy

  • The classes in this section are for any combination of string, woodwind, guitar, brass instruments, one pianist or one singer. Recorder may only be included with other instruments.
  • In Section 6 & 6a each individual can enter a maximum of 3 classes in each section. (Two entries in one class will count as two of these)
  • All players must be within the stated age limits. There must be only one person to a part and the ensemble must not be conducted.
  • Ensembles must bring their own stands.
  • Ensembles should give themselves a name.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

See also classes in Section 6a

88+9 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

89+9 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

90+12 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

91+12 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

92+15 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

93+15 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

94+18 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

95+18 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

96Open - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £13.00

97Open - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 12 minsFee: £13.00

98Any age - Chamber Ensemble

Non-competitive. 2-8 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

O.M.F. Gwen Archer Cup

  • These classes are for ensembles with more than one player to a part. At least some of the parts must be performed by more than one person. They can be conducted. The conductor and the accompanist can be of any age.
  • In Section 6 & 6a each individual can enter a maximum of 3 classes in each section. (Two entries in one class will count as two of these)
  • Ensembles must bring their own stands.
  • Ensembles should give themselves a name.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

99Open - Early Music Ensemble (up to 1750)

Any combination of voice(s) and instrument(s). Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

100Teacher and Pupil - Non competitive

Own choice of one or two pieces.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

101Any age - Instrumental Ensemble

Non-competitive. 4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

102+9 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £13.00

103+12 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

104+15 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

105+18 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

106Open - Instrumental Ensemble

Any ensemble not catered for elsewhere. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £15.00

107Family Class - Non competitive

Own Choice. Voice and/or instruments. One or more to a part.

Two or more members of same family. ‘Family’ can be interpreted in the widest possible sense., to include, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, step and foster children, engaged couples and any other combination which can reasonably be considered a family.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

Headington Folk Song Cup

Michael Howard Junior Vocal Cup

Isobel Baillie Cup

Competitors may enter only five classes marked in this section.

Singers are expected to sing from memory.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

Helen Robson Memorial Award

Dr Frank Robson has donated an annual award in memory of his wife, who gave help and support to the festival for many years. The award will be given to the best performer in classes 108 - 110.

10814 yrs & under - Light Opera, Musical Show or Film Score Solo

Any solo from a Light Opera, Musical Show or Film Score. Own choice.

Time limit 4 mins;Fee: £7.00

10918 yrs & under - Light Opera, Musical Show or Film Score Solo

Any solo from a Light Opera , Musical Show or Film Score. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

110Open - Light Opera, Musical Show or Film Score Solo

Any solo from a Light Opera , Musical Show or Film Score. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

11111 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one song.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

11214 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one classical song.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

11318 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one classical song

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

11414 yrs & under - Non competitive Vocal Solo

Own choice of one song.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

11518 yrs & under - Non competitive Vocal Solo

Own choice of one song.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

116Open - Non competitive Vocal Solo

Own choice of one song.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

11714 yrs & under - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

11818 yrs & under - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

119Open - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

120Open - British Song

A classical song by any British composer. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

121Open - Lieder Class

Judged as a duo. Own choice of one song by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms or Wolf.

The time limit must include any introduction or translation given before singing.

The name of your accompanist must be included on the entry form for inclusion in the Programme.

The Official Accompanist may not be used for this class.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

122Open - French Song Class

Judged as a duo. Own choice of one song.

The time limit must include any introduction or translation given before singing.

The name of your accompanist must be included on the entry form for inclusion in the Programme.

The Official Accompanist may not be used for this class.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

123Open - A classical song - any language other than English (not operatic)

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

124Open - 20th century Vocal Solo

A classical song by any composer born in the 20th century. Own choice

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

Roy Harvey Memorial Cup

Roy was a regular participant in the festival. This cup, presented by his wife Valerie, is awarded in the Open Operatic and Oratorio Solo classes.

125Open - Operatic Solo

Recitative and/or Aria. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

126Open - Oratorio or Sacred Work Solo

Recitative and/or Aria. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

127Open - Gilbert & Sullivan Solo or any Ensemble

Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

12814 yrs & under - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

12918 yrs & under - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

130Open - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

131Open - Barbershop Quartet

Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

Edmund Rubbra Choir Cup

Please state on the entry form the approximate number of singers in the choir.
The maximum number of singers the festival can accommodate is 50.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

132Any age - Choir

Non-competitive. Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

13311 yrs & under - Choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

13413 yrs & under - Choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £11.50

13518 yrs & under - Girls’ choir (SSA)

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

13618 yrs & under - Mixed choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

137Women’s choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

138Male voice choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

139Open - Mixed choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

140Open - Early Music Vocal Ensemble

Any combination of voices. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £19.00

141Open - Barbershop

Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

Mike Gotch Cup

Lennox Berkeley Cup

  • Please state on the entry form the instruments and number of players and whether it will be a live or recorded performance.
  • If the performance will be live, please mark this on the entry form in order to allow for setting up time to be allotted.
  • All competitors will be expected to provide performances of their works, either live or on CD. If you would prefer to use another format please contact Paul Smith to discuss what might be possible.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

1429 yrs & under - Do your own thing composition class

A composition for any instrument(s) or voice(s). Any style of music, which need not be written down.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £5.50

14312 yrs & under - Do your own thing composition class

A composition for any instrument(s) or voice(s). Any style of music, which need not be written down.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

14415 yrs & under - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator.

Time limit 5 minsFee : £9.00

14518 yrs & under - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £9.00

146Open - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

Photocopies of composition(s) must be sent to The Festival Secretary by December 8th 2018.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

Organ Classes

The Michael Popkin Memorial Award of £60 will be given by The Oxford & District Organists’ Association to mark Michael’s contribution to ODOA as Secretary for many years. The award will be given, subject to rule 29, for the highest mark in Class 147.

14725 yrs & under - Organ solo

Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £11.50

148Open - Organ solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

The location for Organ Classes in 2019 is not yet finalised. Once confirmed the details will be made available on this site. Candidates will be able to reserve practice time on the day through the ODOA website (https://sites.google.com/site/oxfordorganists/) where full details will be available. Contact: Chris Greenough.

Harp Classes

149Junior School Students - Harp Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

150Senior School Students - Harp Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Large Ensembles

151Open - Wind Band

Minimum 15 players. Piano or percussion optional. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

152Open - Brass Band

Percussion optional. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

15318 yrs & under - Orchestra

Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

154Open - Orchestra

Own choice.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £19.00

Miscellaneous classes

155Any age - Jazz Class - Solo

Piece or pieces should be arranged and performed in a recognisable jazz style and should include improvised material. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £9.00

156Any age - Jazz Class - Group

Piece or pieces should be arranged and performed in a recognisable jazz style and should include improvised material. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

15718 yrs & over - Adult Beginner

Non-competitive. No more than 2 years’ tuition. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £8.00

15818 yrs & over - Late Beginner

Non-competitive. Open to any adult who commenced tuition at 18 yrs or over. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £8.00

159Open - Show us your unusual instruments

Non-competitive. Any non-orchestral instrument from early music, folk, non-European traditions, including home-built or -modified or newly invented instruments. 5mins to play a piece and explain the instrument.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

161Open - Recital Class

Any solo instrument not catered for elsewhere. Own choice. Programme content will be taken into account.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £13.00

Rules & Information

    Eligibility for entry

  1. The decision of the committee in all matters of organisation and adjudication will be final.
  2. Amateurs may enter any class, but professionals may enter only those classes marked with a . A professional is defined as a person, more than half of whose income derives from teaching or performing music.
  3. In choir classes and amateur classes in Sections 6a and 10 only one participant may be a professional.
  4. Age limits, where specified, are counted as from 1st January 2019.
  5. Competitors are not permitted to enter more than 3 classes marked with a + on the same instrument in Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 6a. For those whose standard is well in advance of their years, it is hoped that they will select their classes for entry according to standard rather than age.
  6. In Sections 6 & 6a each individual can enter a maximum of 3 classes in each section. (Two entries in one class will count as two of these)
  7. Competitors may enter each class once only, unless they are playing two different instruments. They may enter a duet class twice, but only if they are playing different parts the second time.
  8. Local classes are open only to competitors living or attending school in Oxfordshire.
  9. Copies of all set music will be available from Blackwell’s Music Shop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AX. Tel: (01865) 333582
  10. Entry procedure

  11. Entries must arrive no later than Wednesday 17th October 2018. Entry fees will not be refunded once the date for entry has passed.
    Entries for each person and each class must be on a separate form.
    For duet classes, both participants in a duet class should be on the same form and pay only one fee. Please use the official entry form contained in this syllabus (see centre pages). Photocopies will be accepted, and forms can be downloaded from the downloads section.
    Entry forms should be returned to the Entries’ Processor, 26 Fane Road, Marston, Oxford OX3 0SA. Please do not send entries by any method requiring a signature. Items will not be collected from the sorting office.
    Please direct any queries to The Festival Secretary, Anne Baker: anne.baker@lineone.net (01865) 557547.
  12. Teachers who send in multiple entries are requested to write their name and address on every form: this is important, as entries have to be processed in a very short time. (If this is not done, our system of processing may make it difficult to trace details of candidates.) Please submit one cheque or Postal Order only for multiple entries. Cheques should be made payable to the Oxford Music Festival.
  13. Please enclose an SAE for each section entered (not necessarily each class, see section headings). Up to 35 entries per section - A5 envelope with letter rate postage. Over 35 entries A4 envelope with Large Letter stamp 100g – 250g.
  14. The timing and title of Own Choice music should be included on your entry form if possible. It is especially important for us to know if your programme is less than the maximum time. Please write to the Secretary, 1 Wellington Place, Oxford OX1 2LD, or email anne.baker@lineone.net or notify the Adjudicator’s Steward just before playing if Own Choice music is changed. The substitute piece should not last longer than the original choice and it will be stopped once the time is up. Competitors who do not adhere to the time limits may be disqualified. A copy of Own Choice music must be given to the Adjudicator’s Steward just before playing.
  15. Competitors requiring the services of the Official Accompanist must request this at time of entry. The fee is £11 for Classes A & B, £6 for Classes G & H, £4 for Classes D & E, and £3 for all other classes. The Official Accompanist cannot undertake rehearsals.
    If the official accompanist has been requested competitors must give notice to the festival secretary if they subsequently decide to withdraw or use another accompanist.
  16. If any class has fewer than 5 entries, the committee reserves the right to combine it with a similar class.
  17. Notifications of time and place of classes will be posted by mid-December 2018. Competitors are requested to contact the Secretary about this matter only if they have not received notification before 15th December 2018.
  18. Copies of Own Choice music needing accompanist must be sent by 8th December 2018 to the Official Accompanist, Oxford Music Festival, 40 Broadhurst Gardens, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4YQ.
    If it has not arrived by then, accompanists may reserve the right to refuse to play.
  19. When sending music please write the name and number of the class on the copy. Please check that postage is adequate for the weight and size of envelope, as the Post Office will refuse to deliver it otherwise and it will not be collected from the sorting office.
  20. All cups are the property of the Festival and must be returned by 12th January 2019 to Marian Creaser, 9 Beech Road, Headington, OX3 7RT, in good condition and polished.
  21. In the event of withdrawals, it would be appreciated if the Secretary were notified as soon as possible, as this would help the smooth running of the festival.
  22. During the festival

  23. During the festival performers will be expected to perform in the order of the programme unless they have negotiated a different arrangement with the secretary, Anne Baker, in advance.
  24. A copy of Own Choice music must be given to the adjudicator’s steward just before playing. Failure to do so may lead to Disqualification.
  25. Competitors are reminded that it is illegal to perform from photocopies of works that are copyright, without the permission of the copyright holder. When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one photocopy may be made for the use of an adjudicator, provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy, and that the photocopy is destroyed by the Festival immediately after the event.
  26. In own choice classes, performers will not be permitted to use photocopies on the day, unless it is in order to assist with a page turn. The Official Accompanists may play from a photocopy in both cases, but the performer must be able to produce a publisher’s copy on the day. Competitors may give the adjudicator a photocopy of their own choice which will be destroyed after use.
  27. Performers should remember that they are liable in law for the use of publishers’ copies. The Festival has a legal duty to check that no infringement has taken place. Official photocopies or music purchased on-line must be clearly marked as such. Any letter of proof from a publisher granting permission must also be provided on the day. Those not abiding by this rule will be disqualified.
  28. No repeats should be performed in the set pieces unless specified otherwise.
  29. The same work cannot be presented by the same competitor in consecutive years, neither should the same work be entered in the same year in more than one class.
  30. Candidates will be placed in the categories shown below. In order to award trophies, the winner will, in addition, be awarded marks out of 100.
  31. OUTSTANDING An exceptional performance both technically and artistically.
    DISTINCTION An excellent performance technically and artistically.
    COMMENDED A convincing performance technically and artistically.
    MERIT A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or communication
    MODERATE A performance showing development of technique and/or communication
    FAIR A performance limited in its communication

  32. No cup or prize will be awarded unless the first place winner has a DISTINCTION category mark or more. Cups will be awarded to the highest mark which will not be announced at the festival. If there is a tie, the adjudicator will decide.
  33. In general, only the names of the top 3 competitors will be announced. It is the responsibility of the candidate to collect comment sheets, certificates and own choice music from the certificate table, after the end of each class. Everyone attending should take care of personal property, handbags, musical instruments, etc. For lost property, contact Miss Janet Tinbergen, Tel (01865) 725644. The Festival cannot be responsible for any loss. Any property not claimed by end of February will be given to a charity shop.
  34. All ensembles should bring their own music stands.
  35. Placeholder imageThe use of private photographic, audio or video recording equipment of any kind is not permitted during performance or adjudication.
  1. Classes A, B, C are intended for performers who have at least passed a diploma or have attained a similar standard. A letter of recommendation from a professional musician such as a College Professor, an Associated Board Examiner or a musician of similar standing should be written on the back of the entry form or sent in a separate letter. Competitors who have been accepted in the past need not send a letter of recommendation but should state this on the entry form. The committee reserves the right to refuse entry to Classes A, B, and C.
  2. The competition will consist of a preliminary round and a final. Competitors will be notified of the starting time for each session. They cannot be given individual times.
  3. Competitors entering Classes A B C may only enter other classes marked with and other classes in Section 1, Section 6 and Section 6a.
  4. Choice of programme, presentation and deportment will be taken into account.

Adjudicators

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Ralph Allwood MBE DMus was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses, which he founded in 1980. Seven thousand 16 to 20 year olds have been students on courses over the last thirty-seven years. He co-founded the Junior Choral Courses in 2012, and in recent years has launched Courses in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The Rodolfus choir, made up of the best singers from the courses, has produced over 20 CDs since he founded it in 1982.

Ralph is co-founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He is also Director of Chapel Music at Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge, and Director of the only conservatoire chapel choir in the world, the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir. He is also an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham.

Ralph has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, is a judge for the Llangollen Eisteddfod and has written much music heard worldwide on radio and television. He is Choral Advisor to Novello and to Trinity College, Oxford, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at his old school, Tiffin. In 2015 he co-founded the Pimlico Musical Foundation to enable children from Pimlico Primary Schools to sing in choirs, particularly at St Gabriel’s Church.

In 2012 Ralph was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University. He was made MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. In 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with the Thomas Cranmer Award for Music and Worship.

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Following a sensational debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1976 Gordon Fergus-Thompson established himself as a major recitalist and concerto player, appearing as soloist with the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony, Residente Orchestra of the Hague, CBSO, Halle, RLPO, Bournemouth and all the BBC Symphony Orchestras, with such conductors as Evgenii Svetlanov, Jacek Kaspszyk, Sir Edward Downes, Helmut Muller-Bruhl, Mosche Atzmon, David Atherton and Sir Charles Groves. He has appeared in all the major halls in London and Paris and has toured extensively in the UK, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Australia and the Far East.

He has given over two hundred broadcast recitals on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded the complete works of Debussy and Ravel, the two Rachmaninoff sonatas and complete Etudes-Tableaux, the Balakirev sonata, Bach transcriptions and to date, three quarters of the complete works of Scriabin. He won the prestigious MRA “ Best Instrumental Recording of the Year “ award in successive years firstly for his complete works of Debussy, and subsequently, for Volume 1 of the complete works of Scriabin.

He is a professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London and is much in demand as a lecture recitalist having given masterclasses throughout the world.

In May 2010, Gordon Fergus-Thompson was awarded an FRCM, and in August of that year, he made his first visit to Japan, where he gave recitals in Tokyo and Kyoto to great critical acclaim. In 2012 and 2013 he gave recitals at the National Performing Arts Centre in Beijing and toured Japan again. In 2014 he undertook an extensive concert tour of Southern China.

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Christopher Field has enjoyed a widely varied musical career. As a schoolboy he sang at the coronation service of HM Queen in Westminster Abbey and played double bass in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. While a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, he conducted the College Madrigal Choir and played in the University Orchestra. He continued his studies as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and with Frederick Husler in Switzerland on an Arts Council of Great Britain postgraduate award.

His subsequent career as a schoolmaster at Dulwich College was combined with extensive work as a concert baritone, choral conductor, composer and teacher of singing and double bass. For over forty years, various of his teaching works have appeared in the singing and double bass graded examination syllabuses of ABRSM, LCM, TCM and GSMD; he has been published by Boosey and Hawkes, Recital Music, Weinberger and Yorke Edition. A Garland of Song, a collection of ten songs for the developing voice, was published by Recital Music in the autumn of 2016.

An experienced adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and ABRSM diploma examiner, he conducts the City of London Chamber Choir, continues to teach singing and double bass, and has joined forces with the Plaegan Piano Quartet in performances of Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’.

He was appointed an Associate of the RAM in 1993.

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Graham Fitch maintains an international reputation as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. Graham is a regular writer for Pianist Magazine, and has several video demonstrations on the magazine’s YouTube channel.

He has also written teaching notes for Trinity College London’s series, Raise the Bar, and for the advanced grades for the new syllabus.

He has published an ebook based on his popular blog, www.practisingthepiano.com, and has recently launched an online resource for pianists and piano teachers, the Online Academy.

Graham runs a very busy private practice in London, and counts among his long-term students Daniel Grimwood, James Baillieu, and Gemma Webster - with many others active in the profession. In addition to teaching talented youngsters, tertiary level piano students and working with piano teachers, Graham is very interested in helping amateur pianists develop their playing.

Graham is a principal tutor on The Piano Teachers’ Course UK, and is also a tutor at the Summer School for Pianists at Walsall. He gives regular workshops and classes across the UK for pianists and piano teachers, including at Finchcocks and Jackdaws.

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Irish guitarist Manus Noble was born in London in 1988 and began studying the guitar at the age of seven. At 16 he was taught privately by Craig Ogden for two years before continuing his studies with Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with first class honours and was awarded a scholarship to do his Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Manus Noble gave his debut performance at the Cadogan Hall, London at the age of 19. He was also given Performance Awards by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Ian Flemming Trust, and was accepted onto the Park Lane Group Young Artist’s Concert Series at the Purcell Room, London Southbank Centre. He won first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition in 2011.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction, Noble has launched his career in the UK with great success, giving recitals and masterclasses at festivals such as West Dean, Cheltenham Guitar Festival, Bath International Guitar Festival, Beechwood Guitar Course and London International Guitar Festival. He has been accepted onto the Countess of Munster for two years running, as well as the Making Music recital scheme in 2014, and is now in high demand as a performer. Recent performances include solo recitals at Kings Place (London), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and Bridgewater Hall (Manchester). He was also awarded first prize for the Guitar Competition at the Royal College of Music before going on to the String Player of the Year Competition.

Noble is now the Musical Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble in Wales, and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As well as writing new works for the instrument himself, Noble has developed a certain flair and passion for modern techniques and repertoire, with many composers choosing to write new works for him, including ‘Hot Club Francais’ by Gary Ryan. Manus Noble uses Concerto Carbon Cases, and his guitars are made by the English luthier, Stephen Hill.

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Alison Mary Sutton trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining honours in both Graduate and Recital Diplomas as well as winning several prizes and major awards. She has had extensive experience as a singer, having appeared at most of the major London concert halls. Performing as part of a voice/harp duo, she has fulfilled recital engagements at many music clubs and festivals, and has also broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.

She has performed many operatic roles, and has worked with a wide range of companies including Kent Opera, Pavilion Opera, London Opera Players, London Opera Factory and Opera de Lyon, touring widely in the UK, Europe and the USA. She has also worked with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Monteverdi Choir. As a member of Triple Time, she has released a CD of vocal duets.

Busy as a teacher and adjudicator, Alison has also examined for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, including several tours to the Far East. She is now an ABRSM diploma examiner. As a choral workshop tutor for Making Music, she has worked with many choirs in the South West and also with the BBC Symphony Chorus. Adjudicating engagements have included Leith Hill and Sligo International Choral Festival, and she has also been on the jury for the AESS National Junior English Song Competition. She was the External Specialist Assessor on the final recitals panel at Birmingham Conservatoire for three years, and has returned to conduct a workshop there. Alison has been Director of Music at Rendcomb, an annual residential solo singing course, which was revived as part of the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury. She has also tutored at Hereford International Summer School and Benslow Music Trust.

Alison is very committed to her work as the singing rehabilitation coach at Cheltenham General Hospital’s Voice Clinic, and has had several articles published in this capacity.

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Colin Touchin, Chief Guest Conductor of the Lufthansa Orchestra (Frankfurt); Guest Conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Tak-Ming Philharmonic Winds; recently appointed musical director of Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir, and Grace Notes (a cappella ladies’ choir). Weekly presenter on RTHK Radio 4 (equivalent to BBC Radio 3); leads workshops in performance, conducting and composition; active as a festival adjudicator in the UK, Europe and Asia. Colin has won international awards with his instrumental and choral ensembles from the University of Warwick: the Chamber Choir appeared on BBC TV and also performed with Kiri Te Kanawa, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.

Colin conducts and composes for orchestras, bands, choirs and all levels of ensembles; he founded the National Youth Recorder Orchestras, Warwick Orchestral Winds and Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in Coventry; served as Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE), Vice-Chairman of the British and International Federation of Festivals and Composer-in-Residence and Conductor with various UK schools and youth ensembles.

He studied clarinet and recorder (Performer’s Diploma at age 16) and earned an Oxford University music degree. He has inspired and conducted orchestras, bands and choirs internationally (National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain, Hong Kong, Wales, Luxembourg; SHEP Band Week Queensland 2013; ISCMS Zhuhai 2015). His most recent works have been played in Hong Kong (Cultural Centre – Brotherhood of Truth for choir and orchestra), Taiwan (City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong), Germany (Landesjugendblockfloetenorchester – Jubilee Overture), and UK and USA (Oxford University Wind Orchestra – Atlantic Alliance), not forgetting Flying for concertina band in June 2018!

Provisional Timetable

Saturday

26th January 2019

Class A, Choirs, Organ, Senior Piano, Woodwind & possibly Chamber Music

Adjudicators:

Sunday

27th January 2019

Class B, Class C, Singing, Guitar, Woodwind & possibly Chamber Music

Adjudicators:

Saturday

2nd February 2019

Junior and Non-competitive Piano, Strings & possibly Chamber Music

Adjudicators:

Sunday

3rd February 2019

Junior and Non-competitive Piano, Strings, Chamber Music

Adjudicators:

Sunday

10th February 2019

Festival Concert

A small selection of Festival prize-winners will be invited to perform. The concert will start at 6 pm.

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the timetable, unexpected numbers may not entirely make this possible. The Secretary will be unable to give more definite information until the entries have been received.

Most classes will be held at Rye St Antony School, Pullen’s Lane, Oxford. Senior Piano Classes will be held in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda’s College, Oxford. The Class C piano class will be held at the TS Eliot Theatre in Merton College, Oxford. The Organ Class location is still being finalised, keep checking this site for details. The festival concert will be held in the auditorium of Wolfson College, Oxford.

2018 Trophies & Awards

Linfield Ltd (Property Developers) has again given a substantial donation towards the prizes.

First prize £200 in each of Classes A, B, & C

Class C (only) Second prize £125 & Third prize £75

Cups will be awarded for the highest marks in the categories shown,
provided the winner has a minimum of 87 marks and subject to Rule 29.
In order to award cups the winner will be awarded marks out of 100.
Class AOrchestral Instrument Recital Award
Class BSong Recital Award
Class CPiano Recital Award
Class DHelen Goodworth Memorial Bowl
Class EMaurice Jacobson Memorial Cup
Class GAnn Nutt Memorial Class
Class HAny Instrument or Voice Recital Award
Piano classes: up to 12yrsErnest Pinnell Memorial Cup
Piano classes: 13-18 yrsJack Gibbons Cup
Piano Recital class: 18yrs & underJean Loughman Memorial Award
Chopin Piano class: OpenCreaser Kitching Cup
Piano solo: French music 18yrs & underWinifred Swann Cup
Piano Solo: classes 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23Antony Hopkins Memorial Award
Piano Duet classesOxford Times Cup
Piano Duet & Trio: classes 31 & 32Louise Donaghy Trophy
String Solo classesRohan de Saram Cup
Guitar: 11yrs & underPatrick Gibson Cup
Guitar: 13-15yrsBee & Patrick Gibson Cup
Guitar: 18 years & under and Open classesIan Ellis Segovia Cup
Guitar Recital class: OpenThe Lennox Berkeley Society Award
Recorder solo classes: 15yrs & underSybil Whitman Recorder Cup
Recorder classes: OpenPraetorius Cup
Woodwind Classes 15 yrs & underCecil Aron Cup
Woodwind Classes 18 yrs and under & OpenLeon Goossens Cup
Brass classesHarry Mortimer Cup
Chamber Ensemble classses: Section 6Gordon Woodward Memorial Trophy
General Ensemble classes: Section 6aO.M.F. Gwen Archer Cup
Junior Vocal classMichael Howard Cup
Vocal classes: OpenIsobel Baillie Cup
Folk Song SoloHeadington Folk Song Cup
Light Opera, Musical Show or Film Score classesHelen Robson Memorial Award
Opera, Oratorio or Sacred Work solo classesRoy Harvey Memorial Cup
Choir classesEdmund Rubbra Choir Cup
Composition: 15yrs & underMike Gotch Young Composer’s Cup
Composition: OpenLennox Berkeley Cup
Organ classes: Section 10Michael Popkin Memorial Award
The British & International Federation of Festivals’ marking categories are as follows:
OutstandingAn exceptional performance both technically and artistically
DistinctionAn excellent performance technically and artistically
CommendedA convincing performance technically and artistically
MeritA capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability
ModerateA performance showing development of technique and/or communication
FairA performance limited in its communication

Example Entry Form

Entry Form Example

Downloads

Full Printed Syllabus

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This is the latest version of the 2018 Syllabus. There is one important change from the syllabus as printed. Own choice music for the official accompanist (Rule 17, page 9) should be sent to the following address:-
40 Broadhurst Gardens, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4YQ.
There's also a correction on page 15 where the name of the composer Richard Rodney Bennett is now spelt correctly.
Click on the image above if you want to view or download it.

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