1. No professional performer may compete. A professional is someone who derives his/her livelihood from the branch of performance, defined by the class title, in which she/he seeks to enter the festival. In any ensemble, all members must adhere to that principle. This rule does not apply to conductors.

2. Age limits, where stipulated, apply to September 1st, 2018 and Year groups to the current school year of the competitor.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 Section 37(3)(b)

Following guidance from Northamptonshire County Council, Oundle Festival of Music and Drama has applied for a Body of Persons Approval (BOPA) for the duration of the Festival.
Schools entering pupils must agree to use absence code V when entering and to provide details of the children participating, as part of the Body of Persons Approval (BOPA), by March 9th on a spreadsheet template that will be sent to you.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 Section 37

Private teachers and parents/carers should be aware that your pupil/child will need a performance license, if they are not entered by their school, should their class be scheduled in school hours. Details will be sent to you when we have scheduled.

3. Completed paper entry forms and fees to be sent to Entries Secretary no later than Thursday January 17th 2019. On line entry will close on Sunday January 20th.

The Festival is under an obligation to the Performing Rights Society to provide accurate details of all works performed. Therefore, it is vital that details of Own Choice items - title, composer/author and publisher are given when entering.

4. Late entries may be accepted if they can be fitted in after initial timetabling, and will be charged a double entry fee.

5. No change to the original entry, either performer or performance piece, is allowed without prior permission of the organisers.

6. A competitor may enter more than once in a Duet or Duologue Class provided that he/she performs a different piece and a different part or instrument. 

7. A piece must not be offered more than once by the same competitor for adjudication during the Festival.

8. Performers are encouraged to make use of the full time allocation for Own Choice classes, but their performance, including introductions, must not exceed the time limits stated. Performers running over the allotted time will be adjudicated but not awarded a mark.

Marks will be awarded in accordance with the scale recommended by the BIFF:

 75 - 77  FAIR  A performance limited in its communication
 78 - 80  MODERATE  A performance showing development of technique and/or communication
 81 - 83  MERIT  A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation &/or technical ability
 84 - 86  COMMENDED   A convincing performance technically and artistically
 87 - 89  DISTINCTION  An excellent performance technically and artistically
 90 +  OUTSTANDING  An exceptional performance both technically and artistically

9. Trophies and medallions will only be awarded when a mark of 84 or over is gained. Winners are responsible for the safekeeping of trophies which must be signed for and returned to the Trophy Secretary on or before March 1st. Trophies should not be engraved. 

10. Adjudicator's Copy. Copies of all Own Choice pieces, including Instrumental Grade choices, must be brought to the Festival for the use of the adjudicator. Copies must be clearly marked with the competitor's name, class number and with the page number of the chosen piece.

11. Competitors requiring the Official Accompanist must state this when entering. Failure to comply means an accompanist will not be timetabled. All music for the Official Accompanist must be clearly labelled with the name of the competitor and class, and be sent to the Music Secretary to arrive by February 15th 2018. For postal entries the music may be sent with the entry form.  


An Official Accompanist can be booked when you enter at no extra charge.

 The accompanists have requested that any photocopies sent in for them should not be stapled or sellotaped together.

Handwritten copies may be submitted, but the accompanist may reject them if they are not legible.
Transposing music downloaded from the internet is permitted, but it is often inaccurate and should be carefully checked for errors.
Transposing should only be done if absolutely necessary.

12. Unauthorised photocopying is illegal. To comply with the code of Fair Practice, any photocopies brought for the use of the Adjudicator will be retained by the Committee and destroyed.

13. CD Backing tracks are only allowed for drama performances and specified music classes.

14. Photographing, videoing or recording by any means of Festival sessions is not allowed.

15. The Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any entry and its decision on any point is final.

The Committee accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of instruments,

music copies or personal property of any kind.







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