Official Accompanist

can be booked when you enter at no extra charge.

You must send clearly named copies of own choice pieces with the entry form. 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.


 Verse Speaking

Advice for Verse Speakers from the Adudicators Council

Illustrative actions and movement rarely ever enhance a performance. However, gesture that adds understanding, appreciation and an emotional response to the interpretation of the text is not only acceptable but welcome.

It is being selective and discerning in the use of gesture that is so often the issue in enhancing the successful performance.

What should I play?

Grade Classes Competitors should enter at the grade level at which they are currently working or have recently been successful. A competitor may enter only one grade class, per instrument.

One piece should be chosen from the current Grade List of the Associated Board, Trinity College, London College, Victoria College, the Guildhall School of Music and Rock School.

Age Group Classes If there is no set piece given for the class choose a piece that you can perform without going over the time limit. Competitors should always consult their teacher before choosing the class and the own choice piece to be played.

Please ensure the performance piece is suitable for a family audience

The title of the play/novel, author and publisher must be submitted at the time of entry. The final script, indicating cuts, must be sent to the Drama Secretary, clearly marked with class number and name, by March 12th. Simple costume optional, no make-up, essential props only.


Group Speaking


The list below contains some points from recent adjudications, in no particular order.    Each adjudicator may put their emphasis on a different aspect.


 What music does the Festival need?  

Check out the Rules

Unless you are performing a named set piece
you must bring a copy for the adjudicator.

Junior Vocal classes are likely be timetabled on same day as school choirs.

In recent years the Young Singer competition has been in an evening session.

Experienced professional accompaniment is available to all singers at the Festival, apart from the Pop classes, as part of the  Entry Fee.  This must be requested at the time of booking. 




 Performance begins with getting to the stage
 Music and sound can be used
 Minimal suggestion of costume is OK , eg a hat
 Own choice poem should be a sharp contrast to demonstrate skill of the group
 Poems can offer opportunity for some solo work

 Make grouping interesting, everyone should be seen by audience, especially when speaking

 Pupils can be distracted by surreptitious conducting
 Movement should only be used where it enhances the poem
 The mood of some poems requires stillness
 Adjudicators looking for modulation, clarity and diction

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