Instrumental

Provisional instrumental class dates at Christ Church are: 9th November, 11th November, 12th November and 20th November
  • The age of performers is reckoned as on 1st September.
  • Music stands are not provided for groups and ensembles.
  • Please note: a FULL SCORE, NOT just the instrumental part, is required for the adjudicator’s use.

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.

Guide To All Solo Classes

Preliminary: approx Grade 1 standard
Primary: approx Grade 2 standard
Junior: approx Grade 3 standard
Intermediate: approx Grades 4 and 5 standard
Advanced: approx Grades 6 and 7 standard
Senior: approx Grade 8 standard and over

These grades relate to the standard of music rather than a grade examination that has been passed or is being prepared. It is important that performers enter the appropriate class according to their standard.

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.

String classes are open to violin, viola, cello, double bass. For harp, see classes D44 to D50.

Performers may only enter one of classes D3 to D8.

D1a: Strings (non-competitive) – under 11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6

D1b: Strings (non-competitive) – under 17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D1c: Strings (non-competitive) – 17yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7

Performers may only enter one of classes D2 to D8.

D2a: Strings – beginners – under 10yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

D2b: Strings – beginners – under 16yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

D2c: Strings – beginners – under 21yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

D2d: Strings – beginners – 21yrs and over
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

Performers may only enter one of classes D3 to D8.

D3: Strings – preliminary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D4: Strings – primary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D5: Strings – junior
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Hewlins Cup

D6: Strings – intermediate
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Acklima Cup

D7: Strings – advanced
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7
The Mora Ker Quaich

D8: Strings – senior
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7
The Readings Cup

D9: Sonata for stringed instrument and piano – open
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £8
The Karin Polak Cup

D10: Strings – unaccompanied Bach – open
Any piece or pieces by J S Bach (not arrangements).
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D11a: String Recital – under 14yrs
Any stringed instrument. Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £10

D11b: String Recital – under 18yrs
Any stringed instrument. Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles.
Time limit: 15 minutes
Fee: £12

Please see classes D51 to D55 for humour, Christmas, 18yrs and over recital, concerto open, and professional/student entries.

D12a: Woodwind/Brass (non-competitive) – under 11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6

D12b: Woodwind/Brass (non-competitive) – under 17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D12c: Woodwind/Brass (non-competitive) – 17yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7

D13a: Woodwind/brass – beginners – under 10yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

D13b: Woodwind/brass – beginners – under 16yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

D13c: Woodwind/brass – beginners – under 21yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

D13d: Woodwind/brass – beginners – 21yrs and over
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £6

Performers may only enter one of classes D14 to D19.

D14: Woodwind – preliminary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D15: Woodwind – primary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D16: Woodwind – junior
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D17: Woodwind – intermediate
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D18: Woodwind – advanced
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D19: Woodwind – senior
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7
The Unwin Cup

Performers may only enter one of classes D20 to D25.

D20: Brass – preliminary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D21: Brass – primary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D22: Brass – junior
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D23: Brass – intermediate
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D24: Brass – advanced
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D25: Brass – senior
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7
The Rotan Cup

D26: Sonata for brass/woodwind instrument and piano – open
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £8
The Crane Cup

D27a: Woodwind/Brass Recital – under 14yrs
Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £10

D27b: Woodwind/Brass Recital – under 18yrs
Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles.
Time limit: 15 minutes
Fee: £12

Please see classes D51 to D55 for humour, Christmas, 18ys and over recital, concerto open, and professional/student entries.

D28: Recorder – under 12yrs
Own choice. Minimum of one minute.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

D29: Recorder – under 17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £6

D30: Recorder – 17yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7

D31: Recorder Groups – under 12yrs
Own choice. Two or more players. 
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Pauline Brown Shield

D32: Recorder Groups – under 17yrs
Own choice. Two or more players. 
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D33: Recorder Groups – any age
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £8

Please see classes D51 to D55 for humour, Christmas, 18ys and over recital, concerto open, and professional/student entries.

Performers may only enter one of classes D34 to D39

D34a: Guitar – beginners – under 14yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D34b: Guitar – beginners – under 21yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D34c: Guitar – beginners – 21yrs and over
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D35: Guitar – primary
Own choice.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D36: Guitar – junior
Own choice.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D37: Guitar – intermediate
Own choice.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D38: Guitar – advanced
Own choice.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D39: Guitar – senior
Own choice.
Classical and electric guitars will be adjudicated separately. Please indicate which is being played when entering.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7

D40: Guitar Ensembles – under 15yrs
Own choice. Two or more players. 
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

D41: Guitar Ensembles  – any age
Own choice. Two or more players. 
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

Please see classes D51 to D55 for humour, Christmas, 18ys and over recital,  concerto open, and professional/student entries.

D42: Percussion – solo/multiple – preliminary/elementary
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £6

D43: Percussion – solo/multiple – intermediate/advanced
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

Please see classes D51 to D55 for humour, Christmas, 18ys and over recital, Concerto open, and professional/student entries.

Performers may only enter one of classes D44 to D49

D44a: Harp – beginners – under 10yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

D44b: Harp – beginners – under 16yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D44c: Harp – beginners – under 21yrs
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D44d: Harp – beginners – 21yrs and over
Own choice. For players with not more than 4 terms’ tuition on 1 November.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D45: Harp – primary
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D46: Harp – junior
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D47: Harp – intermediate
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

D48: Harp – advanced
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

D49: Harp – senior
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7

D50a: Harp Ensemble – intermediate
Own choice. Two or more players. Up to Grade 5.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

D50b: Harp Ensemble – advanced
Own choice. Two or more players. Grade 6 and over.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

D51: Christmas – any age
Own choice of piece relating to Christmas. Any instrument except piano. Solo, duet or trio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £6

D52: Humour – any age
Own choice of piece containing humour. Any instrument except piano. Solo, duet or trio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £6

D53: Concerto – open
Own choice of one movement from any concerto. Orchestral part to be played on the piano.
Time limit:  minutes
Fee: £18
The Ackroyd Cup

D54: Recital – 18yrs and over
Any orchestral instrument. Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles. The performer should give a short spoken introduction to each one.
Time limit: 15 minutes
Fee: £15

D55: Music Students and Professionals – 18yrs and over
Own choice. This class is open to professionals and students in full-time music education.
Performers are asked to present a programme of 15-20 minutes to which they are expected to give a spoken introduction.
Time limit: 20 minutes
Fee: £20
Performers may not enter any other class in this section apart from open classes.

Composition classes. An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve, including solos. The composer should supply the performers.
A copy manuscript must be sent to the section secretary by 12th October to be forwarded to the adjudicator’s for his/her perusal.
Fees include adjudicator fees.

D56a: Composition – under 11yrs
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £12

D56b: Composition – under 13yrs
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £12

D56c: Composition – under 15yrs
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £12

D56d: Composition – under 17yrs
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £12

D56e: Composition – under 19yrs
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £12

D57: Composition – any age
An original work for any combination of voices or instruments up to a maximum of twelve. The composer should supply the performers.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £15

Group music making may include recorders, percussion, tuned percussion, voices, piano, keyboard, electric guitar etc. Any combination of instruments is allowed but there should be no pre-recorded music.

E1: Group Music Making – under 13 yrs
Own choice. (NB: A teacher may accompany this class.)
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Kingdon Cup for the best performance in classes E1 to E4

E2: Group Music Making – under 17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Kingdon Cup for the best performance in classes E1 to E4

E3: Group Music Making – 17yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8
The Kingdon Cup for the best performance in classes E1 to E4

E4: Group Music Making – any age
Own choice. Mixed ages allowed. Any group not covered in any other ensemble class. Entries at the discretion of the committee.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8
The Kingdon Cup for the best performance in classes E1 to E4

E5: Family Group Music Making
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8
The Burch Cup

E6a: Instrumental Duo – under 13yrs
Own choice – not sonatas. Both players will be adjudicated.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £6

E6b: Instrumental Duo – under 15yrs
Own choice – not sonatas. Both players will be adjudicated.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £6

E7: Instrumental Duo – 15yrs and over
Own choice – not sonatas. Both players will be adjudicated.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £7

E8a: Instrumental Duo and Piano – under 13yrs
Own choice. The pianist will not be adjudicated.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

E8b: Instrumental Duo and Piano – under 15yrs
Own choice. The pianist will not be adjudicated.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7

E9: Instrumental Duo and Piano – 15yrs and over
Own choice. The pianist will not be adjudicated.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £8

E10a: Chamber Ensembles – under 13yrs
Own choice. Three or more instruments, one player per part.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £7
The Woking Herald Shield for the best performance of E10a and E10b

E10b: Chamber Ensembles – under 17yrs
Own choice. Three or more instruments, one player per part.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £8
The Woking Herald Shield for the best performance of E10a and E10b

E11a: Chamber Ensembles – under 20yrs
Own choice. Three or more instruments, one player per part.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £8
The Balfour Cup for the best performance of E11a and E11b

E11b: Chamber Ensembles – 20yrs and over
Own choice. Three or more instruments, one player per part.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £8
The Balfour Cup for the best performance of E11a and E11b

Bands should not include strings. Orchestras should include strings. Music stands are NOT provided. Maximum number 50. This must be strictly adhered to. All members of school bands and orchestras must be bona fide pupils of the school. No general amplification is allowed but may be used where required with electric guitar or other electronic instrument, e.g. keyboard.

E12: Chamber Ensembles – any age
Own choice. Three or more instruments, one player per part.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £10

E13: School Orchestra – under 12 yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The A G Walker Cup

E14: School Orchestra – under 14yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18
The Burch Cup for the best performance of E14 and E15

E15: School Orchestra – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20
The Burch Cup for the best performance of E14 and E15

E16: School Band – under 12yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18

E17: School Band – under 14yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £18

E18: Symphonic Wind Band – under 17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20

E19: Symphonic Wind Band – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20

E20: Orchestras or bands from other organisations – open
Own choice.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £20