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..

B1a: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 10yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B1b: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 13yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B1c: Boys and Girls (non-competitive) – under 16yrs
Own choice
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

No performer may enter more than one of classes B2 to B4.

B2: Boys and Girls – under 10yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Rush Cup

B3: Boys and Girls – under 13yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Constance Shacklock Cup

B4: Boys and Girls – under 16yrs
Own choice excluding musicals and sacred works
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
The Mansfield Cup

B5a: 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

B5b: 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 B5b and B5c.

B5c: 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 B5b and B5c.

B6a: Musical (before 1970) – under 10yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B6b: 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 B6b, B6c. B7b and B7c

B6c: 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 B6b, B6c. B7b and B7c

B7a: Musical (after 1970) – under 10yrs
Own choice of song from any stage or film musical.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B7b: 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 B6b, B6c. B7b and B7c

B7c: 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 B6b, B6c. B7b and B7c

B8a: 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

B8b: Chorister – Boys & Girls – under 13yrs
One sacred song, anthem or excerpt from a sacred cantata or oratorio.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B8c: Chorister – Boys & Girls – under 16yrs
One sacred song, anthem or excerpt from a sacred cantata or oratorio.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B9a: Christmas Song or Carol – under 10yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

B9b: Christmas Song or Carol – under 13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B9c: Christmas Song or Carol – under 16yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £6

B10: Junior English Art Song and Speech – under 19yrs
Own choice of English art song. The composer need not be English but the song must have original English words (not a translation). The singer must present a substantial introduction to the song. Speech and singing are adjudicated equally.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B11: Solo – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Hilliger Memorial Cup

B12: Lied
Own choice to be sung in German.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7
The Gordon Maxwell Cup

B13: Women’s Challenge
Own choice – excluding opera or oratorio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Byfleet Cup

B14: Men’s Challenge
Own choice – excluding opera or oratorio.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Driver Cup,

B15: French Art Song – under 19yrs
Own choice of song by any French composer sung in French.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £7

B16: French Art Song – 19yrs and over
Own choice of song by any French composer sung in French.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B17: 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 B17 and B18.

B18: 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 B17 and B18.

B19: 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 B19 and B20.

B20: 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 B19 and B20.

B21: 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 B21 and B22.

B22: 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 B21 and B22.

B23: Opera – under 19yrs
Own choice sung in the original language or English.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Halsey Cup for the best performance of B23 and B24.

B24: Opera – 19yrs and over
Own choice sung in the original language or English.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
The Halsey Cup for the best performance of B23 and B24.

B25: 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 B25, B26, B27 and B28.

B26: 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 B25, B26, B27 and B28.

B27: 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 B25, B26, B27 and B28.

B28: 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 B25, B26, B27 and B28.

Musical theatre classes are available in the speech and drama section

B29: Light Opera – any age
Own choice (including Gilbert and Sullivan).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7

B30: Vocal Ensemble – under 19yrs
Own choice (three to eight voices).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10
The Beecham Cup for the best performance of B30 and B31.

B31: Vocal Ensemble – any age
Own choice (three to eight voices).
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10
The Beecham Cup for the best performance of B30 and B31.

B32: 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

B33a: Vocal Duet – under 13yrs
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

B33b: Vocal Duet – under 19yrs
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

B33c: Vocal Duet – 19yrs and over
Own choice, any style.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

B34a: Pop/Jazz – under 13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B34b: Pop/Jazz – under 19yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B34c: Pop/Jazz – 19yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

B35: 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.