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, £6.50 for each open or adult class, £6 for each duet class and £3 per person in ensembles of 3 – 6 entrants. 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 2021 festival is to be announced.
Music Entry Fees for 2021.
Open or Adult Classes: £6.50 for Solo Classes, £6 for Duet Classes.
Children’s Classes: £5.50 for Solo Classes, £6 for Duet Classes, £3 per entrant for Ensembles.
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 12 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P4||Age 13 to 15 Solo||Own choice|
|P5||Age 16 to 18 Solo||Own choice|
|P6||Age 18 and under Baroque/Classical Solo||Own choice|
|P7||Age 18 and under Romantic/Modern Solo||Own choice|
|P8||Grades 1 and 2 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P9||Grades 3 and 4 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P10||Grades 5 and 6 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P11||Grades 7 and 8 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P12||Open Baroque or Classical Solo||Own choice|
|P13||Open Romantic/Impressionist/Modern Solo||Own choice|
|FINAL – one pianist from the following classes, P05, P06, P07, will be chosen to compete for the Sylvia Howard Trophy.|
|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||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||Age 18 & under – Solo||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 of an oratorio or sacred solo song|
|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|
|Final – the winners of Classes V01, V03 & V06 will compete for the Critchley Rose Bowl|
|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 10 to 11||Classical British Song own choice|
|S5||Age 10 to 11||Classical own choice|
|S6||Age 10 to 11||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S7||Age 10 to 11||Folk Song own choice|
|Senior Children’s Vocal Classes||Open to children in Year 7 and above|
|S8||Age 12 to 13||Classical British Song own choice|
|S9||Age 12 to 13||Classical own choice|
|S10||Age 12 to 13||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S11||Age 12 to 13||Folk Song own choice|
|S12||Age 14 to 15||Classical British Song own choice|
|S13||Age 14 to 15||Classical own choice|
|S14||Age 14 to 15||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S15||Age 14 to 15||Folk Song own choice|
|S16||Age 16 to 18||Classical own choice|
|S17||Age 16 to 18||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S18||Age 16 to 18||Operatic own choice|
|S19||Age 16 to 18||Sacred own choice|
|FINAL||One singer from the following age groups: 12 – 13, 14 – 15, 16 – 18, will be chosen to compete for the Marjorie Parkinson Trophy for the Most Promising Junior Singer|