General guidance and regulations

1 Performers

The Festival is open in general to amateurs, but professionals (teachers or performers) may take part in ‘open’ classes, as conductors or accompanists and in classes B33, C47 and D55. ‘Open’ classes are for any performer, amateur or professional, with no age or status restrictions. However, the committee reserves the right to refuse entry to an ‘open class’ where the performer’s experience may be insufficient. Professionals may also sing as individual members of a choir or play in an ensemble so long as no fee is received for so doing. 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. Other than as conductor or accompanist, holders of recognised music diplomas and degrees may only compete in open classes, B33, C47 and D55. If in doubt, please consult the section secretary.

2 Age

The age of all performers is reckoned as on 1st September of the year of the festival. Infringement of this regulation will result in disqualification.

3 Entries

On-line entries

The on-line entry form should be completed in full. The committee reserves the right not to accept entries which are incomplete without refund. On-line entrants will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their entry shortly after submitting it. No entry fees will be refunded. 

Entries on paper

The official entry form must be used. Entry forms should be completed in block capitals. Title and exact timing of ‘own choice’ items must be shown. Where there is choice of items in set piece classes, please state your choice on the entry form. Entries without this information, particularly a valid e-mail address, may be rejected and no late entries will be accepted under any circumstances. Completed entry forms, together with a cheque, made payable to Woking Music Festival, should be sent to the appropriate section secretary. No receipt will be issued and no entry fees will be refunded. Please feel free to photocopy entry forms if you wish.

4 Notice

Notice of the date and time of all classes for every performer will be emailed not later than one week before the Festival. If, by then, no notice has been received, enquiry should be made of the section secretary concerned.

5 Awards

Performances will be awarded grades as recommended by the British & International Federation of Festivals — full details will be published in the programme. Certificates, mark sheets and trophies will be presented at the end of each class. Trophies and awards will not normally be presented unless a sufficiently high standard of performance is achieved.

6 Perfomance items

A full score/script of the selected piece must be provided for the adjudicator at the time of performing. Performers failing to do this may be disqualified. Music and scripts should not be sent to the section secretary except for entries in the composition classes.

Items chosen for ‘own choice’ classes are subject to the approval of the committee and suitability will be taken into account by the adjudicator in awarding grades. No piece from a set piece class may be performed in an ‘own choice’ class. No ‘own choice’ piece may be performed in more than one class.

N.B. It is illegal to make copies of copyright material without the written authority of the composer author, publisher and printer. Performers using such material must have this authority with them. The committee will not accept responsibility for any infringement.

However, a photocopy of the item to be performed will be allowed for the adjudicator’s use only providing the competitor brings his/her own copy to the Festival. The photocopy will be destroyed by the Festival committee after the performance.

7 Changes

Any change to ‘own choice’ music, poetry and prose, or change of ‘set piece’ choice must be notified to the section secretary at least one week before the date of the performance at the Festival. Failure to do so may incur disqualification.

8 Time limits

These are shown beside each class. Please check the timing of your performance very carefully. Performers exceeding their allotted time may be stopped. Please note that this rule will be enforced in fairness to all performers and to allow time for good adjudication.

9 Cups and trophies

These are held for one year only and must be returned, carriage paid, and in clean condition by 1st October. Trophies presented at The Young Musician Competition must be returned by 1st December. Winners may have the trophies engraved with their name at their own expense. N.B. The Festival cannot cover the cost of insuring trophies. Winners are therefore asked to check that such items are covered by their household policies as they will be held responsible for any loss or damage. Trophies and awards may be withdrawn or moved to a class other than the one listed in the syllabus and/or programme.

10 Photography

No photography or recordings of any kind will be allowed during performance or adjudication. This is for copyright and child protection reasons and for the benefit of all performers and audience.

11 Data/child protection policies

The Woking Music Festival holds data solely for the purpose of running the Festival. Its Child Protection Policy is available upon request and from the Festival website.

12 Safety

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 stage and surrounding environment. It is also necessary for the teacher or parent to pass on to the adjudicator, via the organiser, any such information that would affect the adjudicator’s work.

13 Complaints

Anyone wishing to lodge a complaint can do so by phoning any committee member whose number is in the programme or syllabus or by e-mailing the chairman at or by talking to any committee member or volunteer steward at any of our events or activities.

14 Other

The Festival committee reserves the right to:

a) move any entry to a more suitable class if considered necessary

b) cancel any class for logistical or economic reasons

c) sub-divide any class if considered necessary

d) disqualify or take other appropriate action if any regulation is contravened

e) refuse entry to the Festival if it so decides