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The Palace Theatre, Paignton - 30th April 2020

The Little Theatre, Torquay - 1st to 4th May 2020

The Palace Theatre, Paignton - 5th May 2020


Download the Music Syllabus and Entry form at the bottom of this page.



Solos (11 years & under) £5.50
Solos (12 years & over) £6.00
Recital Classes:   £9.00
Open Recital Classes:   £12.00
Groups (2 - 4 performers) £8.00
Groups (5 - 10 performers) £12.00
Groups (10+ performers) £15.00
Official Accompanist per class: £4:00
Official Accompanist recital classes:   £5.50


Copies of the music must be marked with performers name and class number and MUST be included with the entry form and fees.


Music Secretary: Chris Blurton
53 Shirburn Road, Torquay TQ1 4HR
Tel: 07595499188 email:

Cup Steward: Kate Richards
35 North Hill Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8RY
Tel: 01803 852726 email:

Committee: Chris Blurton, Liz Chandler, Louise Darvid, Betty Gillard
Alex and Rachael Johnstone, Dianne Martin, Kate Richards
Catherine Serjeant, Audrey Strachan.



It is necessary for teachers and parents to be aware of their responsibilities in entering any performer with limited physical capabilities or special needs, bearing in mind the limitations imposed by the stage and surrounding environment.  It is also necessary for the teacher, parent or guardian to pass on to the Adjudicator, via the Entries Secretary at the time of entry, any such information that would impact on the Adjudicator’s work.



Entry is deemed to be an acceptance of these rules

 1. This Festival is for amateurs, except for the Open Classes. An amateur is someone who does not derive his/her livelihood from the branch of performance defined by the class title, in which he/she seeks to enter the Festival. In any ensemble all members must adhere to this principle. This rule does not apply to Conductors and/or accompanists.

2. This Festival is open to all-comers in the age ranges stated who conform to the definition of amateur status given above. If entries are oversubscribed priority will be given to the entries from the Devon area. Dance entries will be taken on a first come first served basis.

3. The committee reserves the right to refuse entry.

4. All entries must be on an official entry form, which must be signed as indicated and all parts of the form must be completed. Late entries may incur a late fee/admin charge and may not be accepted.

5. Age is to be taken at 1st SEPTEMBER 2019 for Dance, and 1st MARCH 2020 for Music and Speech and Drama.

6. Entry fees are non-refundable.  Any cheques returned by our bankers will incur an administration fee.

7. The committee reserves the right to limit, cancel, split or combine any class(es).

8. The Festival is bound by copyright law and cannot allow photography, audio or video recordings of any kind (including mobile phones), all of which are absolutely forbidden. However, performers must be prepared to appear before the cameras of the media and/or agents of the Festival. All electronic equipment (mobile phones etc.) must be switched off in the auditorium.

9. The Festival committee cannot accept any responsibility for property left at the venue during the Festival.

10. The adjudicator’s decision will be regarded as final.

11. No performer, teacher or interested party may discuss any aspect of the Festival with an adjudicator before, during or after classes, except at the invitation of the adjudicator.

12. CERTIFICATES will be awarded as follows:

Certificate of Performance : 

75 - 77  A  performance limited in its communication.

78 - 80  A  performance showing development of technique and/or communication. 

Merit :  81- 83   A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability. 

Commended :  84 - 86  A  convincing performance technically and artistically. 

Distinction :  87- 89   An excellent performance technically and artistically.

Outstanding :  90+   An exceptional performance both technically and artistically. 

13. All trophies remain the property of the Torbay and S.W. England Festival. They must be returned in a clean condition to the Trophy Secretary by the closing date. Winners are responsible for all trophies whilst in their care and will be required to make good any damage or loss. We reserve the right to withhold future trophies if this rule is contravened.

14. The decision of the committee in all matters arising out of, or not specifically covered in these rules and regulations is final.

15. Any complaints must be made in writing and sent/emailed to the relevant section Secretary within one week of the close of the Festival and be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.


M1   Entries in own choice classes will not be accepted without full details of title and composer being shown on the entry form and a photocopy of the music for the adjudicator included with the entry form. When an own choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy. The copy thus made will be retained by the Festival and destroyed immediately after the event to comply with copyright laws. Single items may not be photocopied without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Please name any single copies sent in for the adjudicator so that they can be returned. If accompanist is required, two copies need to be sent with the entry form, one for the accompanist and one for the adjudicator. 

M2   No competitor may enter more than once in a solo class or enter the same piece in another class. In duet and trio classes, competitors may enter more than once provided they partner a different person with a different piece.

M3   Performers may enter any classes for a higher age group in solo classes provided they have entered their own age group class. The entry fee for these classes applies to the 'class' and not the age of the performer. Vocal performers under 18 may not enter adult vocal classes.

M4   No changes or omissions will be accepted. Entrants must perform all the titles listed on the entry form, if they do not, they will receive an Adjudication only and no marks.

M5   Pieces in all OPEN instrumental classes must be at Grade 6 ABRSM or Trinity/Guildhall standard or above. Open Vocal Classes are for Adults only (18 years or over) and are expected to be of a high standard.

M6   In Piano Set Piece Classes any good edition is acceptable but a copy must be provided for the adjudicator if a different edition is used than the one(s) specified.  

M7    No amplification is allowed for solo instrumentalists or vocalists

M8   A winning item must not be repeated by any performer/s (including Groups) within a 3 years period.

M9  Items must not exceed the time limit, which includes the introduction. All performances will be timed and marks will be deducted if over time. Repeat marks are optional provided time limits are not exceeded but all ‘da capo’ and ‘dal segno’ signs should be observed.

M10  Trophies are awarded (for marks of 84 or over) and medals (to all winners) are presented by the Adjudicator at the end of each class. All winners of 'Special Trophies' will be expected to perform in the Gala Concert when the awards will be presented. 

M11  Certificates and Adjudication Sheets will be presented at the end of each class. 

M12  Advance programmes can be ordered on the entry form (for which there will be a first class postage charge). 

M13  Free entrance is granted to performers only during the sessions in which they are performing. Teachers, parents and other interested parties are NOT entitled to be admitted without a valid ticket. Free passes will be given to accompanists for the sessions in which they are playing, for teachers who enter pupils in 10 classes or more and school group escorts at the ratio of 1 per 10 children (under 16 years) they must remain with the pupils in the Hall. 


When you come to perform at our Festival you may find these tips useful:

  • Dress appropriately for a performance & come to the platform with ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM.
  • RELAX and look as though you are going to ENJOY performing.
  • LOOK at the audience – they are your supporters.
  • Stand tall or sit well, be PROUD of your performance.
  • Make sure the stand does not come between you and the audience. Don’t be afraid to move it.
  • Announce your programme CLEARLY so everyone can hear what you are going to perform
  • Perform with your HEAD and your HEART.
  • At the end acknowledge the audience, SMILE at them and BOW.
  • Always acknowledge the ACCOMPANIST.
  • Leave the stage with a SMILE and a spring in your step.
  • Above all ENJOY the experience for if you do the audience will too!