Festival of Choirs - postponed until 2022.
Some years ago we had the idea of starting a Choir Night on the Saturday evening of LSA Music Festival. It was decided that it should be non-competitive and open to all choirs no matter what their size, style or ability. An adjudicator made helpful and encouraging comments after each choir had sung but only if each choir wished them to do so. Over the years the event has grown and changed in small ways but it is still essentially run to the same format.
An interesting observation is how year by year each choir has grown and evolved, in some cases exploring more adventurous repertoire or trying a new idea, sometimes as a direct influence from hearing another choir with a different style.
The important thing is that everybody thoroughly enjoys the event and at the interval, when cold drinks and biscuits are provided, the room is buzzing with chatter, camaraderie and enthusiasm for making music together.
The festival organising team warmly welcome your feedback on any of the recent events and would love to hear any ideas you may have on the direction that we should go in the future, post Covid-19.
- 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.
Which choirs will perform? We hope it will be you!
Do come to this enjoyable event, which follows success at earlier Festivals.
Multiple choirs will perform 2 contrasting pieces each and the festival start time will be announced nearer the date. There will be an entrance charge of £3.00 per singer & £5.00 per supporter and audience member.
For more information contact Sylvia Howard – Music Co-ordinator [email protected]
The 2019 festival was delighted to include the following choirs:
|The Freckleton Singers||The Encore Singers|
|June Baker Singers||Elswick Singers|
|Kirkham Singers||Capricorn Singers|
|The Caravanettes||The Harmony Singers|
|The BAe Systems Workplace Choir||Blackpool Soundwaves|
Singing Classes – Open
A limit of 6 minutes for each piece of music in all singing classes.
|V1||British Song||Own choice of a song by a British composer, excluding opera or musicals|
|V2||Sacred Music||Own choice from any oratorio or sacred solo song or an aria from any oratorio|
|V3||Operatic||Own choice excluding light opera, either English or original language|
|V4||American Classical||Includes folk songs, spirituals, songs and arias|
|V5||Musical Theatre||Own choice|
|V6||Lieder/Chanson||Own choice 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’s
|Junior Children’s Vocal Classes||Open to children in Year 6 and below|
|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|
|S08||Age 13 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S09||Age 13 and under||Classical own choice|
|S10||Age 13 and under||Musical Theatre|
|S11||Age 13 and under||Folk Song|
|S12||Age 16 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S13||Age 16 and under||Classical own choice|
|S14||Age 16 and under||Musical Theatre own choice|
|S15||Age 16 and under||Folk Song own choice|
|S16||Age 18 and under||Classical British Song own choice|
|S17||Age 18 and under||Classical own choice|
|S18||Age 18 and under||Musical Theatre|
|S19||Age 18 and under||Operatic own choice|
|S20||Age 18 and under||Sacred own choice|
|FINAL||One singer from the following age groups, 13 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under, will be chosen to compete for the Marjorie Parkinson Trophy for the Most Promising Junior Singer.|