2018 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

A     Orchestral Instrument Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Peter Wells

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

B     Song Recital Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Beryl Foster

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

C     Piano Recital Award

35 yrs & under

Adjudicator: Ruth Gerald

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

D     Helen 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

G     Ann 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

H     Any 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

J     Brian Hitch Accompanist’s Class

Open - Any age

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.

Entry Fee: £8.50

Ernest Pinnell Cup - Piano Solo classes: up to 12 years old
EPTA Trophy - Piano Recital classes: 12-18 yrs
Jack Gibbons Cup - Piano Solo classes: Classes 8 & 13
The New 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 2018.

★Refer to Rule 2 in Rules and Information

+Refer to Rule 5 in Rules and Information

Solos

1+   8 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Rigadoon (Purcell arr. Blackwell) & Haunted House (Gritton) from Piano Star 3

(Associated Board)Fee: £5.50

2     8 yrs & under - Beginners - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Up to Grade 1 standard. Own choice of one or two pieces.

Time limit 2 minsFee: £5.50

3+   9 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Dancing Tune (Malcolm Arnold) from 8 Children’s Pieces

(Queen’s Temple Publications QT157)Fee: £5.50

4+   11 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Progress & Angelic Harmony (Burgmüller) from 25 Easy & Progressive Studies Op. 100

(Associated Board)Fee: £7.00

5     11 yrs & under - Beginners - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Up to Grade 1 standard. Own choice of one or two pieces.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

6+   12 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Queen Mab & The Elfin Harp (Walter Carroll) from Forest Fantasies

(Forsyth)Fee: £8.00

7     12 yrs & under - Beginners - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Up to Grade 1 standard. Own choice of one or two pieces.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

8+   13 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Katy’s Dance & Jackson Street Blues (Martha Mier) from Jazz, Rags & Blues Book 4

(Alfred)Fee: £8.00

9     14 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice of any piece or pieces.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

10     15 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice of any piece or pieces.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

11     16 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice of any piece or pieces.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

12     17 yrs & under - Piano Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice of any piece or pieces.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

13+  17 yrs & under (Local) - Piano Solo

Own choice of Grade 7-8 standard.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £9.00

14+  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

15     10 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 3

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

16     12 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 5

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

17     15 yrs & under - Piano Solo Recital

Two contrasting pieces. Minimum standard Grade 6

Time limit 10 minsFee: £9.00

18     18 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.

Time limit 13 minsFee: 13.00

The annual Antony Hopkins Memorial Award of £50, donated by his wife Beatrix, will be given for the highest mark of Classes 19,20,21,22,23 & 24

19 Open - Baroque Piano Solo

Any piece or movement from a work by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti or other Baroque composer.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

20 Open - Classical Piano Solo

Any movement of a sonata or a major work by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert or other Classical composer.

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

21 Open - Romantic Piano Solo

Any one or two pieces by Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninoff or other Romantic composer.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

22 Open - French Piano Solo

Any one or two pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Messiaen or other French composer.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

23 Open - Piano Solo

Any one or two pieces by any Spanish or South American composer.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

24 Open - Piano Solo

Any one or two pieces by any composer born after 1880.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

25     21 yrs & over - Piano Solo

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

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

26 Open - Piano Solo

Creaser-Kitching Cup

Competitors should perform one work or two contrasting pieces by Chopin. Total time not less than 5 mins and not more than 10 mins.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

Duets & Trios

27     9 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Now is the Month of Maying (Morley) & Wi’a Hundred Pipers (Scottish) from Four-in-Hand Piano Duets arr. Lesley Fly

(Forsyth)Fee: £7.00

28     12 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be? (Richard Rodney Bennett) from Over the Hills & Far Away

(Novello)Fee: £7.00

29     15 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Andante from Sonata in D major K.281 (Mozart)

(Any good edition)Fee: £8.00

30     18 yrs & under - Piano Duet

Ballet from Petite Suite (Debussy)

(Any good edition)Fee: £9.00

The Louise Donaghy Trophy will be given for the highest mark of Classes 31 or 32

31 Open - Piano Duet

Slava (Rachmaninoff) from Six Morceaux Op. 11

(Boosey & Hawkes)Fee: £10.50

32     Any age - Piano Trio

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

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

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.

33     6 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 2 minsFee: £5.50

34     8 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

35     9 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

36     10 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

37     11 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

38     12 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

39     15 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

40     18 yrs & under - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £9.00

41     19 yrs & over - Bowed String Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

42     Suzuki 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

47 Open - String Solo

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

Time limit 10 minsFee: £10.50

48 Open - 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

54     Any 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

Song of the Sea by Nuttall & Whitworth from The Guitarist’s Way Book 3 (Holley Music S003) AND one other piece

Total time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

57+  13 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

Surf Rider by Gary Ryan 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

Nocturno (Op. 17 No.4) by José Ferrer from Guitar Grade 5 (2016-2019) - without repeats (Trinity College) AND one contrasting piece

Total time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

59+  18 yrs & under - Guitar Solo

One piece by John Dowland or J.S.Bach AND one or two own choice pieces

Total time limit 7 minsFee: £9.00

60     Any age - Guitar Solo

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice. No more than 3 years’ tuition on 1st January 2018.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

61 Open - Guitar Solo

A contrasting programme of two or three pieces.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

62 Open - 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

63     12 yrs & under - Guitar Duet

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

64     16 yrs & under - Guitar Duet

Two contrasting pieces. Own Choice

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

65 Open - 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.

66     15 yrs & under - Guitar Ensemble

One or two pieces. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £10.00

67     18 yrs & under - Guitar Ensemble

A contrasting programme. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

68 Open - 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

69     9 yrs & under - Descant Solo

Cantilena, No.3 in The Really Easy Recorder Book (Faber) AND own choice of one contrasting piece

Total time limit 3 minsFee: £5.50

70     11 yrs & under - Descant Solo

Telemann, Partita no.2 in G, 1st movt (Siciliana) AND one other movement

Total time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

71     11 yrs & under - Treble Solo

The Witches, no.19 in The Renaissance Recorder, for treble recorder (Boosey and Hawkes) AND own choice of one contrasting piece

Total time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

72     13 yrs & under - Descant Solo

Allegro ma non presto, no.7 in The Vivaldi Collection

(Dolce)Fee: £8.00

73     13 yrs & under - Treble Solo

Handel, Sonata in F, 1st and 4th movts

(no.4 in Faber edition, or any good edition)

 Fee: £8.00

Recorder Duets

  • Players may change places for the second piece.

74     11 yrs & under - Any combination of two recorders

Own choice of one or two pieces

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

75     15 yrs & under - Any combination of two recorders.

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

76 Open - Any combination of two recorders.

Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

Recorder Ensembles

77     13 yrs & under - Recorder ensemble

More than one player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £8.00

Recorder Consorts

78     15 yrs & under - Recorder Consort

One player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

79 Open - Recorder Consort

One player to a part. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £15.00

Recorder Recital Classes

80     15 yrs & under - Recorder Recital

Own choice of programme, with or without accompaniment.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

81 Open - Recorder Recital

Own choice of programme, with or without accompaniment.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £15.00

Recorder Trio Sonata Class

82     18 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.

83     Any age - Woodwind Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Woodwind Solos

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

84     13 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.

85     15 yrs & under - Woodwind Recital

Any woodwind instrument other than recorder Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £9.00

86     Open - 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

87+  11 yrs & under - Brass Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

88+  15 yrs & under - Brass Solo

Own choice.

Time limit 5 mins;Fee: £8.00

89 Open - 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

90+  9 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

91+  9 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 5 minsFee: £8.00

92+  12 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

93+  12 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

94+  15 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

95+  15 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 9 minsFee: £13.00

96+  18 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

97+  18 yrs & under - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

98 Open - Chamber Ensemble

2 - 3 players. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £13.00

99 Open - Chamber Ensemble

4 - 8 players. Own choice

Time limit 12 minsFee: £13.00

100  Any 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

101 Open - Early Music Ensemble (up to 1750)

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

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

102  Teacher and Pupil - Non competitive

Own choice of one or two pieces.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

103  Any age - Instrumental Ensemble

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

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

104+ 9 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £13.00

105+ 12 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

106+ 15 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

107+ 18 yrs & under - Instrumental Ensemble

4 - 20 players. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £13.00

108 Open - Instrumental Ensemble

Any ensemble not catered for elsewhere. Own choice.

Time limit 12 minsFee: £15.00

109  Family 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 110 - 112.

110  14 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

111  18 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

112 Open - 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

113  11 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one song.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

114  14 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one classical song.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

115  18 yrs & under - Vocal Solo

Own choice of one classical song

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

116  11 yrs & under - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

117  14 yrs & under - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £7.00

118  18 yrs & under - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

119 Open - Folk Song Solo

British Folk Song class. Own choice. preferably unaccompanied.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

120 Open - British Song

A classical song by any British composer. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

121 Open - Lieder Class

Judged as a duo. Time limit 5 mins. 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.Fee: £10.50

122 Open - French Song Class

Judged as a duo. Time limit 5 mins. 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.Fee: £10.50

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

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £9.00

124 Open - 20th century Vocal Solo

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

Time limit 5 minsFee: £9.00

125 Open - Operatic Solo

Recitative and/or Aria. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

126 Open - Oratorio or Sacred Work Solo

Recitative and/or Aria. Own choice.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

127  Open - Gilbert & Sullivan Solo or any Ensemble

Own choice.

Time limit 5 minsFee: £10.50

128  11 yrs & under - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

129  14 yrs & under - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

130  18 yrs & under - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

131  Open - Vocal Duet

Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £10.50

132 Open - 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

133  Any age - Choir

Non-competitive. Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £10.50

134  11 yrs & under - Choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £10.50

135  13 yrs & under - Choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 7 minsFee: £11.50

136  18 yrs & under - Girls’ choir (SSA)

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

137  18 yrs & under - Mixed choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

138 Women’s choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

139 Male voice choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

140 Open - Mixed choir

Own choice of two contrasting pieces.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £19.00

141 Open - Early Music Vocal Ensemble

Any combination of voices. Own choice.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £19.00

142 Open - 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

143  9 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

144  12 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

145  15 yrs & under - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator.

Time limit 5 minsFee : £9.00

146  18 yrs & under - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator.

Time limit 6 minsFee: £9.00

147 Open - Instrumental or vocal composition(s)

Photocopies of composition(s) must be sent to The Festival Secretary by December 9th 2017.

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 148.

148  25 yrs & under - Organ solo

Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £11.50

149  Open - Organ solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 8 minsFee: £13.00

The organ classes in 2018 will be held on the three-manual Nicholson organ in the chapel of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. 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

150  Junior School Students - Harp Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 3 minsFee: £7.00

151  Senior School Students - Harp Solo

Non-competitive. Own choice.

Time limit 4 minsFee: £8.00

Large Ensembles

152 Open - Wind Band

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

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

153 Open - Brass Band

Percussion optional. Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

154  18 yrs & under - Orchestra

Own choice.

Time limit 10 minsFee: £15.00

155 Open - Orchestra

Own choice.

Time limit 15 minsFee: £19.00

Miscellaneous classes

156  Any 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

157  Any 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

158  18 yrs & over - Adult Beginner

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

Time limit 3 minsFee: £8.00

159 18 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

160  Open - 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

161★ Open - 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 2018.
  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 Saturday 14th October 2017. 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 2017. Competitors are requested to contact the Secretary about this matter only if they have not received notification before 15th December 2017.
  18. Copies of Own Choice music needing accompanist must be sent by 8th December 2017 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 2018 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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Ruth Gerald is currently a freelance musician, teacher, adjudicator and examiner. She was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music from 1992 until 1999 having previously been appointed Faculty Adviser for Keyboard Studies in 1987.

Her career has always pursued a very wide path - solo and lecture recitals, concertos, chamber music, Lieder recitals, accompanying, adjudicating, examining and teaching. She was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) for a period of five years, but relinquished this post in order to devote more time to performing and teaching at the Royal College where she was a Professor of Piano and Piano Accompaniment for over 30 years She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College in 1985.

Born and educated in Australia, Ruth began her musical career there, broadcasting regularly at a very early age. After winning the Elder Overseas Scholarship and gaining a Bachelor of Music degree at Adelaide University she continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal College where she was awarded many prizes, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal.

Recently she has given master classes in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Greece and conducted many seminars for piano teachers in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. She is frequently invited to adjudicate at Festivals world-wide and is actively involved in many aspects of the work of the ABRSM.

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Peter Wells is a music graduate of the University of Auckland in his native New Zealand. He undertook postgraduate study in the Netherlands, on a Dutch Government scholarship, and musicological research at the Royal College of Music. He has worked as both an instrumentalist and a singer, performing, touring and recording widely. As an instrumentalist Peter has always focussed on baroque chamber music but also has a special interest in contemporary music, as a result of which he has commissioned and premiered many new compositions, both in the UK and abroad.

Peter has adjudicated music festivals in New Zealand and across the British Isles for more than 25 years, and has developed specialisms in woodwind, chamber music and choral music classes. This is his third visit to adjudicate at the Oxford Festival. He has published many articles and editions of renaissance and baroque music as well as two books on architecture and hundreds of reviews of all kinds of music. Under the pseudonym Pietro Fontani he composes “baroque” concertos and chamber music works.

As an educator Peter has worked with all age groups and across multiple disciplines, including choral and orchestral work with children and adults, and as a chamber music coach working with young student ensembles up to university postgraduates in repertoire extending from the renaissance to the contemporary, and everything in between. He now spends much of the year travelling internationally as a grade and diploma examiner for Trinity College London.

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Oboist Melanie Ragge has performed nationally and internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in venues as far flung as Vancouver Island, Malta, & northern Sweden as well as UK venues such as St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall. A founder member of one of the UK’s leading wind ensembles, the New London Chamber Ensemble, she has released several CD’s, including Nielsen’s Wind & Piano Chamber Music “…performances and sound quality are outstanding in every regard.” International Record Review.

Originally a medical student at King’s College Cambridge, Melanie ultimately graduated with a Master of Philosophy degree in Musicology before going on to study as a Leverhulme Fellow at the Royal College of Music. She has since collaborated with numerous artists including the Dante, Schidlof and Emperor string quartets, pianists Ann Martin-Davis, Michael Dussek and Angela Hewitt, and baritone Gerald Finlay. Over the last few years, her performances have included recitals with Angela Hewitt and the New London Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, with the NLCE and Dante Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival, touring and recording Mahler’s 10th Symphony at Philharmonie Hall in Berlin with the International Mahler Orchestra, and recitals at the Royal Opera House with the Ellipsis Ensemble. Coinciding with the Roald Dahl centenary in 2016, her latest disc with the New London Chamber Ensemble, is Martin Butler’s chamber music, including settings of Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’ narrated by Simon Callow, for NMC. 2017 brings visits to Hull with both the New London Chamber Ensemble and Ellipsis Ensemble as part of Hull’s City of Culture concert season.

A committed educator, Melanie regularly adjudicates, coaches and gives masterclasses; she has been a guest tutor for numerous projects, including Chamber Music International, the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Penderecki Musik Akademie. She is an oboe professor at the Royal Academy, teaches at the Purcell School of Music, and is the Associate Director and woodwind tutor for the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. Her scientific interest continues in the form of ongoing research into the use of Electromyography to help to reduce strain injuries in musical training.

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Born in Worcester, Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music with Charles Ramirez, and accompaniment with John Blakely, graduating with prizes including the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Madeline Walton Prize for Guitar. Her passion for chamber music has led to partnerships with eminent counter-tenor James Bowman and tenor Mark Wilde and as a founder member of the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Helen has performed at many of the UK’s prestigious concert venues including the Southbank Centre, King’s Place, St. Georges-Bristol, and the Sage Gateshead. In 2010 she made her US debuts in Los Angeles and New York, subsequently touring extensively in USA, Sweden, Germany and France.

Helen is the Musical Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble and the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition; she is also the founder and Artistic Director of the World Youth Guitar Festival. Helen recently appeared as the classical industry expert for the Sky Arts series, “Guitar Star” and is a sought-after masterclass artist, adjudicator and international jury member, for competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year. In 2014 Helen was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship for her work in guitar education.

Helen plays Christopher Dean guitars and is a D’Addario Strings Classical artist.

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Graeme Humphrey was a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music for thirty-six years from 1974 - 2010, and has been very actively involved in festival adjudicating, examining and teaching all his life; this work has taken him to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, France, Sabah, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and Ghana.

He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship on the piano from New Zealand to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3 (principally in the piano trio repertoire), and has performed at the Bath and Harrogate Festivals, the Purcell Room and Wigmore Halls in London as well as at many music clubs in the United Kingdom.

He is also very active in the giving of seminars to teachers, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and maintains a substantial private teaching practice in London with pupils of all ages and stages. He regularly teaches in Hong Kong, and was external examiner at National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore from 2009 – 2011. He has given classes at both the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

In 1988 he founded the Blackheath Music Festival. From 1993 - 2010 he tutored at the Shrewsbury International Summer School and was Music Director of the Summer School from 2004 - 2010. In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachers’ Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club. He has recently been involved in the selecting and editing of a major new piano duet project that is republishing long out-of-print beginner and intermediate level duet material, primarily for the pupil/teacher. This can be seen at www.fourhandsplus.com.

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David Patrick was a pupil of and Assistant to Dr. Harold Darke at St. Michael’s, Cornhill, London from 1959 to 1966 during which time he gave many recitals and was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College of Music, London. Since then he has firmly established himself as an organist, accompanist (organ, harpsichord and piano) and conductor in both the United Kingdom and abroad. He has performed on many occasions in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Holland, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy and Switzerland (including the International Festivals at Lahti and Sorø). His performances in the United Kingdom have included those at London’s major Concert Halls, many Cathedrals and Leeds Town Hall. He has also broadcast and appeared on television and has made discs of organ music on important Swedish organs for the Swedish Company Opus 3. In the United Kingdom he has recorded for the Priory label.

He studied the piano in London with Lina Collins, who was a pupil of Paderewski and Mathilde Verne, the latter being a pupil of Clara Schumann.

He is an examiner and moderator for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and has had many carols, organ editions and arrangements, song collections and recorder pieces published in recent years. Recently he was commissioned by Oxford University Press to compile a four volume graded Anthology of English 18th. Century Organ music. This was published in 2013. In 1998 he founded his own publishing company, Fitzjohn Music Publications, which specialises in the publication of the more unusual music for piano solo, piano duet, piano trio (6 hands), piano quartet (8 hands on 2 pianos), organ solo, vocal solo and sacred choral music.

David Patrick has become known as a successful choral conductor having conducted small and massed choirs in many places including the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 1973 he conducted the world premiere of John Joubert’s opera “The Prisoner” and has directed Courses and Summer Schools for church musicians in England, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

He is in constant demand as an adjudicator, having judged at numerous Festival Competitions throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, and in Hong Kong (1986 and 1999). Since 2007 he has been Chairman of the jury for the Norah Sande Award in Eastbourne on seven occasions and was invited again in a similar capacity for 2017. He is a Fellow of, and an adjudicator for, the British and International Federation of Festivals and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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Beryl Foster is a graduate of London University and studied singing principally with Ranken Bushby, first in Colchester and then at the Royal College of Music. She has sung in recital, concert and oratorio in London, the provinces and abroad. She teaches privately, is an experienced vocal and choral adjudicator and a founder-member of the International Guild of Adjudicators, Festivals and Workshop Presenters.

While singing and teaching all the standard repertoire, Beryl specialises in the performance of Norwegian art-song and has given recitals, lectures and workshops on Norwegian song around Britain, in Norway, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the United States and China. Her definitive book, The Songs of Edvard Grieg is still the only complete study of this crucial part of a great composer’s output. In June 1993 she gave the key lecture on the songs at the International Grieg Symposium in Bergen and also translated the brochure for the major exhibition, Your Grieg. In 1998 a research fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo resulted in another definitive book, Edvard Grieg: the Choral Music.

Three volumes of Grieg’s songs with her translations have been published; a newly edited and annotated edition of the op.30 Album was made for Felling Male Voice Choir in 1993; Three Norwegian Carols, translated and arranged for ladies’ voices, are published by Lindsay Music; and a translation of Grieg’s melodrama Bergliot was made for performance in 2000. She has translated Grieg songs for Associated Board albums and provided the introductions to the songs in the Grieg Centenary Song album. A translation of all the vocal music from Peer Gynt was commissioned by Southampton Philharmonic and performed there in 2010 and in Basingstoke in 2013. Other translations include a substantial book on the Norwegian composer Ludvig Irgens Jensen, two on the “Norwegian Paganini” Ole Bull and articles for CD booklets. Literally Grieg, a collection of the original texts to all Grieg’s songs and choral music with literal English translations was published in 2011.

Beryl is currently Chairman of the Grieg Society of Great Britain and President of the International Grieg Society.

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Andrew Sherwood has performed in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist. Born and educated in Africa, he then studied violin and composition at the Royal College of Music.

He is a Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he also conducts some string programmes. Many of his former students are now professional musicians and he has just completed a series of recitals which took him from Africa to Ireland and Scotland and will be doing so again this year.

Sherwood is now best known as a conductor. He is principal conductor for European Youth Summer Music, Director of Brighton Youth Orchestra and its nationally acclaimed string ensemble performing all over Europe and to Hong Kong, Musical Director of the Musicians of All Saints (a professional orchestra specialising in the music of living and neglected composers), until recently Director of Music and Choirs at the University of Brighton, Conductor of Somerset County Youth Orchestra and recently conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Chile and is due to return.

As an adjudicator he works in Britain and abroad.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday

27th January 2018

Class A, Singing, Senior Piano, Strings, Chamber Music & possibly Woodwind

Adjudicators:

Beryl Foster, Ruth Gerald, Andrew Sherwood, Peter Wells

Sunday

28th January 2018

Classes B and C, Singing, Strings, Chamber Music & possibly Woodwind and Senior Piano

Adjudicators:

Beryl Foster, Ruth Gerald, Andrew Sherwood, Peter Wells

Saturday

3rd February 2018

Junior Piano, Choirs, Organ, Guitar & possibly Singing

Adjudicators:

David Patrick, Graeme Humphrey, Helen Sanderson, Beryl Foster

Sunday

4th February 2018

Junior Piano, Woodwind & possibly Chamber Music

Adjudicators:

Graeme Humphrey, Melanie Ragge

Sunday

11th February 2018

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. Organ classes will be held in the chapel of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. See the venues section for more information.

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
Class JBrian Hitch Memorial 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: OpenThe New Creaser 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
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

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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.
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