On the Day

If this is your first Festival you may be wondering what you need to do on the day when you are performing.

The date, time and venue for your class will be published on this website in early April. Do arrive in plenty of time and sign in.  Go to the room where your performance is to take place a few minutes before your class is due to start. If necessary, you can enter the room during applause so as not to disturb a performance taking place.  Make sure your name is noted by the steward.

Make sure you have everything you need with you. If you have music, or are reading from text, make sure you have all the copies you need. Check the rules to make sure whether the adjudicator also needs a copy.  You must abide by the rules on copyright – as set out in the Syllabus.

Do your friends and family have a ticket to watch you? Tickets can be bought on the day at the Box Office. It’s only £5 per person for a day ticket which can be used to watch all classes that day and evening. Anyone over 18, who is not a competitor, will need a ticket. If you are in more than one class, your friends or family may choose to become a Friend of the Festival so that they can not only watch your classes but any other class at the Festival – Friends also get a free souvenir programme.

When it is time for you to perform, your name will be called and you (and your accompanist) should make your way to the performance area.

After everyone has performed, the adjudicator will announce the results of the class and give constructive feedback on the performances.

All individual performers (except adults) receive an adjudication certificate, which will contain the adjudicator’s comments on your performance.  Make sure you collect your certificate before you leave the room. If you have been presented with a cup, it must be signed for by an adult and put in its box before you take it home.

In some instances, cups may be awarded at a different time to your class, so please check the programme or ask at the Festival Office. If you are a cup winner you can also purchase a gold medal for £7 which you can keep. The cup must be returned for next year’s Festival.