Saturday 25th March 2017

Music Rules

  1. General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Music classes. Additional rules for Music are set out below.
  2. Accompanist: A competent official accompanist will be provided. No other will be allowed.
  3. Pieces: No competitor may perform a piece with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival. Own choices must be shown on the entry form together with each piece, where there is an accompaniment, must be sent with the form. Each piece must be stuck (not stapled) together in a way suitable for the accompanist. On the day of the competition the competitor must bring an original copy of each own choice piece for the adjudicator. Failure to do this will lead to cancellation of the entry. Pieces of music must be collected at the end of the class; any not collected will only be returned by post after the cost of postage is received.
  4. Musical Theatre: All music from shows is subject to copyright law. Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item, with no movement or costume, without need for copyright permission. Where movement or costume is included in a performance copyright permission is required and the Festival committee accept these entries on the basis that copyright permission has been granted.
  5. Copyright: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any breaches of the copyright law and it should be noted that copyright regulations protect music works for 70 years after the death of the composer. The Music Publishers Association, however, has issued a Code of Practice on copyright works with the following concession: When an Own Choice Piece is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a competition or festival provided that the competitor or participant has already purchased his/her own copy. The photocopy will be retained and destroyed by the administrator of the competition or festival immediately after the event. The permission specifically does not apply to set works. Other items must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.
    When using music downloaded from the Internet, the performer should also print off and submit the permission statement that accompanies the music submitted with the entry form.
  6. Awards, Prizes, Trophies and Medals: All Children’s Class winners will be presented with trophies, cups or medals. The awards will include, for piano, the Stella Bradshaw Memorial Trophy and the Margaret Holliday Cup and, for singing, the Tom and Dorothy Branney Memorial Trophy, the Higginson Cup and three Mark Teague Trophies. In addition there will be:
    The Margery Parkinson Memorial Trophy – to be awarded at the end of the Festival by the adjudicators to the most promising junior singer, not necessarily to a Festival class winner;
  7. Fees: Entrance fees are £5 for each children’s class, £6 for each open or adult class, £8 for each duet class and £3 per person in ensembles of 3 – 6 entrants. There is also an administration charge of £1 per entrant.
  8. All Music and Singing entries must be received, with the proper fee, by the Music Co-ordinator, Sylvia Howard, 28 Mythop Road, Lytham, FY8. Fees are non refundable. The closing date for Music and Singing entries is Monday 16th January 2107.

Singing Classes – Open

A limit of 6 minutes for each piece of music in all classes.

V1     Critchley Rose Bowl – Competitors must have sung in at least one other class in order to compete in this class.
Any solo composed by Roger Quilter or John Ireland plus a song of your own choice in contrasting style. The winner to receive the £50 Margaret Lane Award, donated by her in memory of a lifetime of support for singers.
V2     British Song
Own choice of a song by a British composer, excluding opera or musicals
V3     Operatic
Own choice from any opera, excluding light opera. May be sung in English or the original language
V4     Sacred Music
Own choice from any oratorio or sacred solo song or an aria from any oratorio.
V5     Light Opera and Musical Comedy
e.g. Gilbert & Sullivan, Lehar and Johann Strauss
V6     Song from the Shows
Own choice from a 20th/21st century musical show
V7     French Song – Own choice to be sung in original language
V8     Lieder – Own choice to be sung in original language
V9     Novice – Any competitor over 18 years who has never won a class in any musical festival.
V10   Solo – Own Choice
V11   Duet – Any two voices, own choice piece – Over 18 years

In the event of too few entries for V7 and V8 we will amalgamate the two classes as V7 Art Class.

Singing Classes – Children’s

S1     Age 11 and under – British composer own choice
S2     Age 11 and under – Sacred Solo (can include a Hymn)
S3     Age 11 and under – Songs from the shows
S4     Age 11 and under – Own choice
S5     Age 15 and under – British Composer own choice
S6     Age 15 and under – Sacred Solo (can include a Hymn)
S7     Age 15 and under – Songs from the Shows
S8     Age 15 and under – Own choice
S9     Age 18 and under – British Composer own choice
S10   Age 18 and under – Sacred Song (can include a Hymn)
S11   Age 18 and under – Songs from the Shows
S12   Age 18 and under – Own choice
S13   Age 18 and under – Lieder in original language
S14   Age 18 and under – Junior operatic (including Aria Antiche)

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