The Chinese philosopher Confucius said long ago that:
Our Festival was founded 1901 and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Lancashire area to perform in front of an audience and benefit from expert critical advice. One of the goals of regular practice on an instrument is so that you can perform in front of others. The more frequently you can get up and play for an audience the more confident and accomplished you will become. We are proud to create an opportunity for performers of all ages to play and sing in an atmosphere of appreciation and enjoyment.
For further information regarding our music section contact Pippa at [email protected]
- General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Music classes. Additional rules for Music are detailed below.
- Accompanist: A competent official accompanist will be provided. No other will be allowed.
- Pieces: No competitor may perform a piece with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival. Own choices must be detailed on the entry form, and where there is an accompaniment, a copy must be sent with the entry 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To meet Child Protection regulations, parents and guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) aged 16 and under, while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival, is under their care or under the care of a responsible adult. In addition, on the day, they must confirm their child is fit and well to perform.
- Fees: Entrance fees are £5.50 for each children’s class and £6.50 for each open or adult class. There is also an administration charge of £2.00 per entrant. On the day spectator fees are £5 for adults and £3 for children (8 years and above).
- All Music and Singing entry forms, with the proper fee, must be received by the Music Co-ordinator, Pippa Kirk, 38 Gregory Place, Lytham, FY8 4SB. Fees are non refundable. The closing date for Music and Singing entries for the 2023 festival is Friday 15th December 2022.
Music Entry Fees for Saturday 25th March 2023.
Open or Adult Classes: £6.50 for Solo Classes.
Children’s Classes: £5.50 for Solo Classes.
The singing section of the festival constantly grows in popularity with both adult and younger singers.
Our piano classes give performance opportunities for a wide range of abilities with classes from age 9 and under to Adult.
This year we are offering Own Choice classes for all ages and we hope that this will encourage everybody to enter whatever piece they are currently playing, maybe a favourite piece that suits their technical level and taste or maybe the exam piece that they enjoy the most. Some classes, especially in the older age range, are devoted to a particular period of music such as Baroque or Romantic, Modern or Jazz. There are also classes for pianists who are working towards or have just taken a Graded exam with no age stipulated.
Most of the children’s classes have a trophy for the 1st prize and silver and bronze medals for the 2nd and 3rd prizewinners. Where there is no trophy a gold medal is awarded to the winner.
The guitar classes continue to be popular and there is a wide choice for both acoustic and electric guitarists, covering varied ages and abilities.
The orchestral instrument classes give performers the opportunity to play in both age and ability classes.
We are sure they will enjoy hearing and competing against soloists playing a variety of instruments.
|P1||Age 9 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P2||Age 11 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P3||Age 13 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P4||Age 15 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P5||Age 18 and under Baroque/Classical Solo||Own choice|
|P6||Age 18 and under Romantic/Modern Solo||Own choice|
|P7||Grades 1 and 2 – any piece from a current examination syllabus||Own choice|
|P8||Grades 3 and 4 – any piece from a current examination syllabus||Own choice|
|P9||Grades 5 and 6 – any piece from a current examination syllabus||Own choice|
|P10||Grades 7 and 8 – any piece from a current examination syllabus||Own choice|
|P11||Open Baroque or Classical Solo||Own choice. Performers may enter twice provided the pieces are from different eras.|
|P12||Open Romantic/Impressionist/Modern Solo||Own choice. Performers may enter twice provided the pieces are from different eras.|
|J01||Jazz Solo – can be entered more than once (using different instruments)||Own choice|
|G1||Age 11 and under – Popular Solo||Own choice|
|G2||Age 11 and under – Classical Solo||Own choice|
|G3||Age 14 and under – Popular Solo||Own choice|
|G4||Age 14 and under – Classical Solo||Own choice|
|G5||Age 18 and under – Popular Solo||Own choice|
|G6||Age 18 and under – Classical Solo||Own choice|
|G7||Open Solo ||Own choice|
|G08||Age 18 & under – Solo||Own Choice|
|Instrumental (open to strings, woodwind and brass – any instrument excluding guitar and piano. Entrants may enter more than once using different instruments.)|
|I01||Age 11 and under Solo. If preferred performers may play to an official cd.||Own choice|
|I02||Age 18 and under Solo.|
|Graded Classes – any piece from a current examination syllabus|
|I03||Grades 1 and 2||Own choice|
|I04||Grades 3, 4 and 5||Own choice|
|I05||Grades 6, 7 and 8||Own choice|
|Entrants for the Jazz classes may enter more than once using different instrument|
|J01||Open Jazz Solo – can be entered more than once (using different instruments, including piano)||Own choice|
|Class Number||Singing Classes – OPEN (a limit of 6 minutes for each piece of music)||Choice|
|V1||British Song||Own choice of a song by a British Composer, excluding opera or musicals|
|V2||Sacred Music||Own choice|
|V3||Operatic||Own choice excluding light opera, either English or original language|
|V4||American Classical||Own choice includes folk song, spirituals, songs and arias|
|V5||Musical Theatre||Own choice|
|V6||Lieder/Chanson||Own choice sung in the original language|
|V7||Early Italian Song||Own choice|
|V8||Favourite Song||Own choice|
|Singing Classes – CHILDREN|
|Junior Children’s Vocal Classes||Open to children in Year 6 and under|
|S1||Age 9 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S2||Age 9 and under||Classical own choice|
|S3||Age 9 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S4||Age 11 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S5||Age 11 and under||Classical own choice|
|S6||Age 11 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S7||Age 11 and under||Folk Song own choice|
|Senior Children’s Vocal Classes||Open to children in Year 7 and above|
|S8||Age 13 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S9||Age 13 and under||Classical own choice|
|S10||Age 13 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S11||Age 13 and under||Folk Song own choice|
|S12||Age 15 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S13||Age 15 and under||Classical own choice|
|S14||Age 15 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S15||Age 15 and under||Folk Song own choice|
|S16||Age 18 and under||Classical own choice|
|S17||Age 18 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S18||Age 18 and under||Operatic own choice|
|S19||Age 18 and under||Sacred own choice|
Music Adjudicators 2022 - details also available on 'The Festival' page
Philip Dewhurst – Piano/Orchestral Instruments Adjudicator
Philip Dewhurst was born and educated in Bolton, Lancashire. He read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe. After finishing his degree, he completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and went into teaching.
Philip gives occasional recitals and enjoys orchestral and chamber music playing on a freelance basis when his teaching commitments permit. Philip also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs & choral societies throughout his career.
As well as adjudicating at music festivals around the country, Philip is an examiner for Trinity College London and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator.
Catriona Clarke – Singing Adjudicator.
Catriona graduated with distinction from both the RCM and the RSAMD. Alongside her teaching career, Catriona’s operatic and concert work has taken her thoughout the world performing roles such as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphee aux Enfers), Mimi/Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Frasquita/Micaela (Carmen), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflote) and the title role in Handel’s Semele.
Having performed with major companies including the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Diva Opera and London Festival Opera, Catriona’s highlights include Adele in Die Fledermaus alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel in the Royal Albert Hall and opera gala performances for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family. Performances in 2014 include Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Mimi (La Boheme),Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and concert work in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Italy and Poland.
Jenny Saunders – Singing Adjudicator.
Jenny was a Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music and won many prizes whilst there, including The Benjeman J. Dale Award and The Ernest Butcher Prize for Singing. She also won The Great Grimsby International Singers Competition, which gained her the Alec Redshaw Memorial Award.
Jenny has worked as a soloist with many distinguished conductors and orchestras, including Sir David Willcocks and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lazslo Heltay and the B.B.C. Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Ian Watson and the Mozart Festival Orchestra in the National Tour of Four Seasons by Candlelight. Jenny has been lucky enough to perform , as a soloist, at many wonderful concert venues. These include the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, The Bridgewater Halls, Manchester, The Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. She made her Covent Garden Opera House debut as 2nd Woman in The English Bach Festival Trust’s performance of Dido and Aeneas.
Her international singing career has taken her to Japan, Norway, Brazil, America, Germany, Spain and France.
Jenny now combines her singing career with being a singing teacher at The Loughborough Schools Foundation and is the singing tutor at Loughborough University.
She has been an Examiner for the London College of Music for 5 years and is lucky enough to tour the country extensively examining and is looking forward to adjudicating the LSA Festival and hearing some wonderful music making.
Simon Russell Adjudicator.
Simon was an organ scholar at St Catherine’s College Cambridge. He was accompanist and then Music Director of the Hoylake Choral Society and from 2000 became Organist in Nantwich. He is a full-time professional freelance musician and is accompanist to the Nantwich Choral Society and Jubilate Chamber Choir in Cheltenham.
Simon is also an examiner for the London College of Music and Regional Coordinator in the North of England for The Royal School of Church Music.