The 2017 Festival promises to be another exciting one, with a number of new classes to try, including Class 102: Piano Accompaniment for those performers who have always fancied trying their hand at accompanying; Class 124: Ukelele Solo, an instrument growing in popularity recently; Class 150: Grade 1 Class, open to anyone brave enough to learn a completely new instrument from scratch in order to perform a Grade 1 piece of music at the Festival in March; and Class 435: Write a Dramatic Monologue, for budding playwrights (see top of index page for a complete list of new classes for 2017)
2017 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Scott Joplin and the music anniversary class this year honours the composer. The Year 12 Prepared Reading class invites performers to choose an excerpt from one of Jane Austen’s novels to mark 200 years since the author died in 1817.
Once again Class 161: A Celebration of Music, Speech and Drama from Schools, will take place at King’s House. This class provides an opportunity for all schools, including Special Schools, to present a piece to showcase the talents of their students through music, drama or expressive movement. Entrants to this class will also prepare songs which will be performed together at the end of the session by all who have taken part accompanied by a live band. It is a non-competitive class and all participants will receive a Festival Certificate for taking part.
Finally, here’s a reminder of the prestigious prizes on offer at the Festival. The Melville Prize of £250 for Most Promising Performer will be selected from performers nominated throughout the week by the adjudicators from Year 9 and under classes across all disciplines. Once again, the two prizes which were very generously donated by Gareth Woodfine and Charles Lousada will be competed for at the Gala Concert, presented to the most outstanding musical, and speech and drama performances of the evening. Details of the Gala Concert and awards may be seen on page 54 of the syllabus.
Please refer to the class index at the back of the Syllabus to assist you in navigating it and read pages 1-13 carefully. There have been a few updates to the rules of entry and class criteria for 2017 so please do read through before making your entry(ies)
A new addition to the Syllabus this year are Frequently Asked Questions (pages 12-13) which we hope you find useful.
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