MUSIC FESTIVAL SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2023 Adjudicator information below Syllabus information.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius said long ago that:

‘music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without’

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]

  1. General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Music classes. Additional rules for Music are detailed 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 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
Sylvia Howard – Music Co-ordinator
Pippa Kirk – Music Co-ordinator

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.

Orchestral Instruments

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.

Music Syllabus
Class NumberClassChoice
P1Age 9 and under Solo Own choice
P2Age 11 and under Solo Own choice
P3Age 13 and under SoloOwn choice
P4Age 15 and under Solo
Own choice
P5Age 18 and under Baroque/Classical Solo
Own choice
P6Age 18 and under Romantic/Modern Solo Own choice
P7Grades 1 and 2 – any piece from a current examination syllabus Own choice
P8Grades 3 and 4 – any piece from a current examination syllabus  Own choice
P9Grades 5 and 6 – any piece from a current examination syllabus Own choice
P10Grades 7 and 8 – any piece from a current examination syllabus Own choice
P11Open Baroque or Classical SoloOwn choice. Performers may enter twice provided the pieces are from different eras. 
P12Open Romantic/Impressionist/Modern Solo Own choice. Performers may enter twice provided the pieces are from different eras.
J01Jazz Solo – can be entered more than once (using different instruments)Own choice
  Own choice


Acoustic Guitar
Class Number
G1Age 11 and under – Popular SoloOwn choice
G2Age 11 and under – Classical SoloOwn choice
G3Age 14 and under – Popular Solo Own choice
G4Age 14 and under – Classical SoloOwn choice
G5Age 18 and under – Popular SoloOwn choice
G6Age 18 and under – Classical Solo Own choice
G7Open Solo 
Own choice
Electric Guitar
G08Age 18 & under – SoloOwn Choice
Class Number
Instrumental (open to strings, woodwind and brass – any instrument excluding guitar and piano. Entrants may enter more than once using different instruments.)
I01Age 11 and under Solo. If preferred performers may play to an official cd.Own choice
I02Age 18 and under Solo.   
Graded Classes – any piece from a current examination syllabus
I03Grades 1 and 2Own choice
I04Grades 3, 4 and 5Own choice
I05Grades 6, 7 and 8Own choice
Entrants for the Jazz classes may enter more than once using different instrument
J01Open Jazz Solo – can be entered more than once (using different instruments, including piano)
Own choice
Class NumberSinging Classes – OPEN (a limit of 6 minutes for each piece of music)Choice
V1British SongOwn choice of a song by a British Composer, excluding opera or musicals
V2Sacred Music Own choice
V3OperaticOwn choice excluding light opera, either English or original language
V4American ClassicalOwn choice includes folk song, spirituals, songs and arias
V5Musical Theatre
Own choice
Own choice sung in the original language
V7Early Italian Song Own choice
V8Favourite SongOwn choice
 Singing Classes – CHILDREN  
 Junior Children’s Vocal Classes Open to children in Year 6 and under
S1Age 9 and underClassical British Song own choice
S2Age 9 and underClassical own choice
S3Age 9 and underMusical Theatre own choice
S4Age 11 and underClassical British Song own choice
S5Age 11 and underClassical own choice
S6Age 11 and underMusical Theatre own choice
S7Age 11 and underFolk Song own choice
 Senior Children’s Vocal ClassesOpen to children in Year 7 and above
S8Age 13 and underClassical British Song own choice
S9Age 13 and underClassical own choice
S10Age 13 and underMusical Theatre own choice
S11Age 13 and underFolk Song own choice
S12Age 15 and underClassical British Song own choice
S13Age 15 and underClassical own choice
S14Age 15 and underMusical Theatre own choice
S15Age 15 and underFolk Song own choice
S16Age 18 and underClassical own choice
S17Age 18 and underMusical Theatre own choice
S18Age 18 and underOperatic own choice
S19Age 18 and underSacred 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.