Choral

Provisional choral class dates at Christ Church: – 6th November, 13th November and 18th November
  • The age of performers is reckoned as on 1st September.
  • A copy of the score must be produced for the adjudicator in all classes.
  • Any choirs using a pre-recorded backing track (to which they have public performing rights) should provide their own playback equipment, which should be a single unit. The track must not include vocals. The time needed to set the equipment up should be included in the overall timing. Microphones may not be used. Please inform the section secretary at the time of entry if a backing track is to be used.
  • The committee may sub-divide any of the school choir classes should entries exceed a manageable number.
  • Where ‘parts’ or ‘unison’ are specified, this must be observed.
  • In schools’ classes no child may exceed the age specified for the class entered.

Time limits must be adhered to in fairness to all — we do not wish to stop performers so please do not choose pieces that extend beyond the time limit.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we cannot know at present in what form the Festival will be able to place, or if at all.

Given the appreciable chance that it will not be possible to hold the Festival in a public venue, the committee is investigating on-line options. Details of these will be published here if and when something is set up, probably towards the end of August.

Whatever restrictions have been lifted by November, it seems almost certain that choirs, orchestras and groups will still not be permitted, so these classes will not be offered this year unless the Festival goes on-line. They are listed in the syllabus for reference for future years, and indicated in purple. Even classes not so indicated may be prohibited and the committee reserves the right to reject entries where they believe that the regulations might be contravened or individuals’ health jeopardised.

Please come back here for the latest information or contact the section secretary.

A1a: Schools Choirs – Key Stage 1 (non-competitive)
Own choice of two contrasting unison songs.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £18

A1b: Schools Choirs – under 9yrs
Own choice of two contrasting unison songs.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £18
The Keswick Cup

A2: School Choirs – under 11yrs
Own choice of two contrasting songs: a) unison; b) two-part
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £18
The Millennium Shield

A3: School Choirs – under 13yrs
Own choice of two contrasting two-part songs.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £18
The Oakfield Shield

A4: School Choirs – under 15yrs
Own choice of two contrasting songs in two or more parts.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £18
The Swallow Shield

A5: School Choirs – under 17yrs
Own choice of two contrasting songs: a) two or more parts; b) three or more parts
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20
The Page Cup

A6: School and College Choirs – under 19yrs
Own choice of two contrasting songs: a) three or more parts unaccompanied; b) three or more parts accompanied
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20
The Ford North Cup

A7: Madrigal Class – schools
Minimum 3 voices, maximum 12 voices. Own choice of two contrasting madrigals.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £12
The Du Bochet Shield

A8: Chamber Choir – under 15yrs
Maximum 20 voices. Own choice of two contrasting songs.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £15
The Thompson Cup for the best performance of A8 and A9.

A9: Chamber Choir – 15yrs and over
Maximum 20 voices. Own choice of two contrasting songs.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £15
The Thompson Cup for the best performance of A8 and A9.

A10: Carol Composition
Words and melody written by pupil(s) of the school and sung by the school choir.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £12
The Roberts Cup

A11: Church Choirs and Music Groups
Own choice: a) hymn or worship song; b) one other sacred work
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £15
The Russell Cup

A12: Youth Choirs – under 19yrs (excluding schools)
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Margaret Walker Cup

A13: Adult Choirs – open
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Radbone Cup for the best performance of A13, 14 and A15.

A14: Ladies’ Choirs – open
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Radbone Cup for the best performance of A13, 14 and A15.

A15: Men’s Choirs – open
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Radbone Cup for the best performance of A13, 14 and A15.

A16: Adult Madrigal
Minimum 3 voices, maximum 12 voices.
Own choice of two contrasting madrigals – any combination of parts.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £15

A17: Barbershop Choirs
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Merrow Chimes Shield for the best performance of A17 and A18.

A18: Barbershop Quartet
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £12
The Merrow Chimes Shield for the best performance of A17 and A18.

A19: Community Choir – open (non-competitive)
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18

A20: Gospel Choir – open
Own choice of programme.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18

Details of musical theatre classes can be found in Speech & Drama