- All entries must be received on or before Saturday, 10th October 2015. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- No entry will be accepted without payment of Entry Fee. Any entry received without the Entry fee will be returned.
- A separate Entry Form must be used for each entry (A5 size, not A4). All entries must be on the OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM. This must be completed IN FULL for each entry.
- The Committee reserves the right to refuse any Entry.
- Competitors must have been, for a period of two months immediately prior to the date of the Festival, Bona-Fide members attending the practices of any choir or group with which they take part. Competitors, other than Conductors, may not take part with more than one Choir or Team in any one Class and may not change from the persons named on the Entry Form without prior approval of the Committee.
- When an age limit is specified, the age of Competitors will be reckoned as on 25th January 2016, e.g. ‘7 years and under’ means Children who have not attained the age of 8 years on the above date. The upper age limit for all Junior Competitions is 18 years. The minimum age for Open classes is 16 years.
- The Committee may appoint additional Adjudicators to act along with or independently of, or otherwise assist the Adjudicators named in the Syllabus.
- Any Class may be divided into two or more separate sections at the Committee’s discretion.
- The Committee will decide the order in which the Classes will be taken and arrange by random computer numbers, the order of competing.
- Competitors should be in the performing venue at least 20 minutes before the stated starting time of the class. Competitors failing to appear when called upon will forfeit the right to take part in the particular Competition, subject to a right of appeal to the Committee.
- THE COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO START ANY CLASS UP TO 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE STATED TIME.
- All vocal test pieces will be performed with accompaniment unless otherwise stated in the Syllabus. A competent Accompanist will be provided for all classes, unless otherwise stated, but competitors may provide their own Accompanist, if they so prefer. Any choir conductor may, when conducting, also act as Accompanist, but must not support the choir by singing.
- Except in unaccompanied vocal pieces, where the raising or lowering of the pitch by a semi-tone is permitted, Test Pieces must be performed in the key in which they are set in the edition prescribed. The New Philharmonic Pitch will be used.
- Competitors in Bagpipe, Brass and String Classes should complete their main tuning outwith the Competition Hall.
- Any performance exceeding the stated time limits may be stopped by the Adjudicator and will be given a penalty.
- In Classes where Own Choice is allowed, Competitors should choose a Piece of an appropriate standard but must not use a Test Piece set elsewhere in the Syllabus. Two copies (one if bringing own Accompanist) of the selected music (Staff Notation), and two copies of Speech Texts, MUST be submitted along with the Entry Form. If the ‘Own Choice’ piece is not received, the entry will be returned. This does not apply to Chanter and Bagpipe Classes where no copy is required or to classes where the Own Choice is to be chosen from a set book. Competitors may uplift their copies at the close of the Session. Even if performing without music, a copy of music should be available at the time of performance. If the adjudicator does not have a copy to refer to, s/he cannot adjudicate the performance. Changes to Own Choice pieces will not be accepted after 14th January 2016.
- All competitors must perform the specified edition of the Test Piece.
- Competitors must not use the same Piece in more than one Class.
- Instrumental pieces should be performed without repeats, unless otherwise stated in the Syllabus. Da Capo should be observed.
- The speed at which Country Dances are taken is entirely the responsibility of the Team Leader, who must clearly indicate this.
- A Country Dance Team must consist of eight persons.
- All enquiries, complaints, protests or representations of any kind must be made to the Hon. Secretary in writing.
- The Adjudicators’ decisions in all cases will be final.
- Awards may be withheld or a Lower Class Award substituted if, in the opinion of the Adjudicator, sufficient merit has not been shown.
- Winners of Trophies will be required to sign an acknowledgement and undertaking for the safe custody and return of them. Trophies are the Holders’ responsibility while in their keeping. Trophies must be returned for next Festival immediately on request.
- The decision of the Committee in all matters arising out of, or not specially provided for, in these Regulations will be final.
- The Committee may alter, modify or cancel any of the arrangements detailed in the Syllabus.
- Non compliance with General Regulations may result in disqualification.
- In a dance,vocal or instrumental group performance in junior classes, where a key member of the group is unable to perform and the lack of this person would affect the rest of the group's ability to participate, an adult may take part to make the performance viable. In such a case the group would receive an adjudication but NO MARK.
- All communications, other than those related to Entry Forms should be addressed to:
Ms Anne McGregor
4 Thornwood House
Tel. 01505 873027
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org