Vocal

Coronavirus

The WMF committee has very reluctantly decided not to hold a “live” festival this year. Instead, entrants will make recordings of their performances, upload them to cloud storage, share them and send us links which will be forwarded to the adjudicators so that they can comment on and grade the performances.

We regret that this means that the performances will not be publicly available and cups and trophies normally presented during the Festival sessions will not be awarded this year.  A decision about whether to hold the Young Musician Competition in February and to award the other major trophies will be taken after the festival.

Please enter as usual by the closing date of 4th October, 2020 and you will receive an e-mail confirming your entry.

You’ll receive a second e-mail a day or two after the closing date with information about your entry that you can use to complete the video submission form. This form must be completed by 7th November.

You should make a video recording of your performance for each class that you have entered. Upload it to a suitable platform, making appropriate privacy settings, and send us the link. Please do not send us the recording itself. Advice on making and submitting recordings is available elsewhere on this site.

These links will be forwarded to the adjudicators who will grade and comment on the performances.

When we receive the mark sheets back, we will send them on to you.

If you have any queries about this process, please get in contact with the Vocal section secretary.

  • 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 singers 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.
  • Singers are advised to give careful consideration to the key in which they perform their pieces. They are permitted, indeed encouraged, to perform them in whatever key will enable them to give of their best and they will not be penalised if this differs from the original.


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.

Junior Solos

B001: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 10yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B002: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 13yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B003: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 16yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

No performer may enter more than one of classes B004 to B007.

B004: Boys and Girls – under 10yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Rush Cup

B005: Boys and Girls – under 13yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Constance Shacklock Cup

B006: Boys and Girls – under 16yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Mansfield Cup

B007: Solo – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Hilliger Memorial Cup

Folk Song Solos

B008: Junior Folk Song – under 10yrs
Own choice of a folk song from any country. Unaccompanied or accompanied by an instrument other than the piano.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B009: Junior Folk Song – under 13yrs
Own choice of a folk song from any country. Unaccompanied or accompanied by an instrument other than the piano.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Grace Wright Cup for the best performance of B009 and B010.

B010: Junior Folk Song – under 16yrs
Own choice of a folk song from any country. Unaccompanied or accompanied by an instrument other than the piano.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Grace Wright Cup for the best performance of B009 and B010.

B011: Folk Song – under 19yrs
Own choice of a folk song from any country. Unaccompanied or accompanied by an instrument other than the piano.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Newman Cup for the best performance of B011 and B012.

B012: Folk Song – 19yrs and over
Own choice of a folk song from any country. Unaccompanied or accompanied by an instrument other than the piano.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Newman Cup for the best performance of B011 and B012.

Chorister Solos

B013: Chorister – Boys & Girls – under 10yrs
One sacred song, anthem or excerpt from a sacred cantata or oratorio.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B014: Chorister – Boys & Girls – under 13yrs
One sacred song, anthem or excerpt from a sacred cantata or oratorio.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

 B015: Chorister – Boys & Girls – under 16yrs
One sacred song, anthem or excerpt from a sacred cantata or oratorio.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

Christmas Song or Carol Solos

B016: Christmas Song or Carol – under 10yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B017: Christmas Song or Carol – under 13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B018: Christmas Song or Carol – under 16yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

Musical (before1970) Solos

B019: Musical (before 1970) – under 10yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B020: Musical (before 1970) – under 13yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Nancy Leigh Cup for the best performance of B020, B021, B025 and B026

B021: Musical (before 1970) – under 16yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Nancy Leigh Cup for the best performance of B020, B021, B025 and B026

B022: Musical (before 1970) – under 19yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Ryde Cup for the best performance of B022, B023, B027 and B028

B023: Musical (before 1970) – 19yrs and over
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Ryde Cup for the best performance of B022, B023, B027 and B028

Musical (after 1970) Solos

B024: Musical (after 1970) – under 10yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B025: Musical (after 1970) – under 13yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Nancy Leigh Cup for the best performance of B020, B021, B025 and B026

B026: Musical (after 1970) – under 16yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Nancy Leigh Cup for the best performance of B020, B021, B025 and B026

B027: Musical (after 1970) – under 19yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Ryde Cup for the best performance of B022, B023, B027 and B028

B028: Musical (after 1970) – 19yrs and over
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Ryde Cup for the best performance of B022, B023, B027 and B028

Musical theatre classes are available in the speech and drama section

Pop and Jazz Solos

B029: Pop/Jazz – under 13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B030: Pop/Jazz – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B031: Pop/Jazz – 19yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

Challenge Solos

B032: Women’s Challenge
Own choice – excluding opera or oratorio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Byfleet Cup

B033: Men’s Challenge
Own choice – excluding opera or oratorio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Driver Cup

Art Song Solos

B034: French Art Song – under 19yrs
Own choice of song by any French composer sung in French.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7

B035: French Art Song – 19yrs and over
Own choice of song by any French composer sung in French.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B036: English Art Song – under 19yrs
Own choice of song by any British composer.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Borrell Cup for the best performance of B036 and B037

B037: English Art Song – 19yrs and over
Own choice of song by any British composer.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Borrell Cup for the best performance of B036 and B037

B038: Lied
Own choice to be sung in German.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Gordon Maxwell Cup

Opera and Oratorio Solos

B039: Light Opera – any age
Own choice (including Gilbert and Sullivan).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B040: Opera – under 19yrs
Own choice sung in the original language or English.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B041: Opera – 19yrs and over
Own choice sung in the original language or English.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B042: Oratorio – under 19yrs
Own choice from any oratorio, cantata or passion.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Timbury Cup for the best performance of B042 and B043

B043: Oratorio – 19yrs and over
Own choice from any oratorio, cantata or passion.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Timbury Cup for the best performance of B042 and B043

Musical theatre classes are available in the speech and drama section

Advanced Solos

B044: Recital – Open
Own choice of two or three songs or arias contrasting in style and period. The singer should give a suitable short introduction to each one.
Time limit: 15 minutes
Fee: £15

B045: Music Students and Professionals – 18 and over
Own choice.
This class is open to professionals and students in full-time music education. Please see the general regulations for guidance or contact the section secretary.
Performers are asked to present a programme of 15-20 minutes to which they are expected to give a spoken introduction.
Fee: £20
Performers may not enter any other class in this section apart from open classes.

Duets

B046: Vocal Duet – under 13yrs
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

B047: Vocal Duet – under 19yrs
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

B048: Vocal Duet – 19yrs and over
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

Ensembles

B049: Vocal Ensemble – under 19yrs
Own choice (three to eight voices).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10
The Beecham Cup for the best performance of B049 and B050

 

B050: Vocal Ensemble – any age
Own choice (three to eight voices).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10
The Beecham Cup for the best performance of B049 and B050

Madrigal groups should enter class A017 and barbershop quartets class A019.