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All reference to photocopying is in accordance with the
Code of Fair Practice (Revised Edition 2012)
agreed between Composers, Publishers and Users of Printed Music.
All photocopies will be retained and destroyed after the
The Festival is for amateurs, except for 'Open' Classes.
2. The Committee, at its discretion, may refuse any entry.
3. Comments & suggestions for improvement are welcomed and should
be made in writing to the Secretary for discussion by the committee.
The Festival is not responsible for supplying music stands, instruments
or any other equipment.
onus is on the conductor/performer to ensure that the required equipment
5. The decision of the Committee in all matters arising out of or
not specifically provided for in these Regulations shall be final.
6. The Committee may alter, modify or cancel any of the
arrangements details in the Syllabus, as it may deem necessary.
7. LOSS OF PROPERTY - All attending the Festival are reminded to
take care of their personal property: handbags, musical instruments,
etc.. Perthshire Musical (Competition) Festival Association cannot
accept responsibility for any loss.
8. All communications should be addressed to the Secretary:
Mr M. Jamieson, 35 Buchan Drive, PERTH, PH1 1NQ
and a stamped addressed envelope enclosed for reply.
Entries must be sent to the Secretary, with payment of the appropriate
entrance fee as stated in the Syllabus. A separate entry form must be
used for each entry. Additional forms may be photocopied. Applicants
who wish to have confirmation of receipt of entries MUST fill out
the receipt section at the top right of the entry form and enclose a
stamped addressed envelope clearly marked ‘Receipt Required’. A
summary of entries will be e-mailed/posted to every applicant as soon as
all the entries have been collated. It is the responsibility of the
applicant to notify any errors/discrepancies within 5 days of receipt
of the summary, otherwise these errors will be carried forward to
the programme. Any applicant may request an early summary form in order
to check that they have not omitted an entry. Late entries will be
permitted up to Friday 26th January, 2018, along with a
surcharge of £10 per entry.
No entry will be accepted after
Friday 19th January,
2018, unless it is accompanied by the surcharge of £10 per entry.
10. Winners of solo classes at Beginner,
Elementary, Transitional, Intermediate or Advanced level may not compete
again in the same class unless they were the sole competitor or unless
the mark achieved was less than 85. Pairs of winners of duo and duet
classes at Beginner, Elementary and Intermediate levels may not compete
again in the same class unless they were the only competitors or unless
the mark achieved was less than 85.
11. The Committee will decide upon the order in
which Classes will be taken and arrange the order of competing, as soon
as the list of entries has been closed. Any special requests with
regard to timetabling should be submitted in writing along with the
entries. Requests will be considered by the timetabling committee, but
no guarantees can be given regarding this. A timetable will be
e-mailed/posted to every applicant as soon as it is available.
12. No form of amplification is permitted in any Class unless
13. Any reference to the age of a performer is taken to be their
age on the last day of the festival.
14. Any choir, group, orchestra, team etc. entered by a school or
group must consist of pupils on the register of that school or group at
the time the Festival is held. Classes specifically for schools
are intended for schools which provide a general education.
City Campus’ is accepted as a school.
Entries are welcome from choirs, bands or orchestras from
two or more smaller schools where it is necessary for them to combine in
order to allow them to participate. Where appropriate, primary
school pupils may perform with the secondary school with which they are
ALL ENTRANTS should note that in all OPEN, ADULT CHOIR AND ADULT VOCAL
SOLO CLASSES and classes where the piece/s are ALL OWN CHOICE, the
competitor/s may use their own accompanist OR the Official
Failure to indicate ‘Own Accompanist’ at time of entry means that the
Official Accompanist must be used.
In ALL OTHER CLASSES including
COUNTRY DANCING, the Official Accompanist MUST be used.
No competitor, except where otherwise stated, may use selected
pieces of 'Own Choice' items in more than one class.
17. In those Classes allowing 'Own Choice' of test piece/s:
a) Entries will not be accepted unless full details of the entrant's
selected items are shown on the entry form along with the key (where
asked for) and the approximate length of playing/performance time.
b) Where a maximum performance time is indicated in the class
description, competitors may be penalised by loss of marks or
disqualification if the stipulated period is exceeded.
c) No change of test piece/s will be accepted after the closing date
for entries (19th January, 2018). However, if Own Choice details are
not known at the time of entry, the form will be accepted on the
understanding that a replacement form, clearly marked ‘Replacement
Form’, is completed in full by 1st February at the
d) An original copy is always
necessary for the accompanist, although photocopies for the
accompanist’s home study will be accepted on the understanding that the
original will be given to the accompanist immediately prior to the
performance. Failure to provide an original copy for the accompanist
shall result in disqualification.
e) Performers may use internet downloads of own choice music but these
must be submitted such that they can readily be used by the
18. Own Choice – Speech. Details of item/s to be
performed, along with the author/poet and the name of the character
where applicable, must be entered on the entry form (or replacement
form) and ONE photocopy must be submitted to the Music Secretary, Mrs
M.E. Waterston, 35 Buchan Drive, PERTH, PH1 1NQ, not later than
February 2018, clearly marked with the class number and the name of the
performer, NOT ATTACHED to the entry form.
19. Own Choice – Music. Entrants not requiring an accompanist,
or the use of the Official Accompanist, should send ONE photocopy of
their Own Choice piece, marked ADJUDICATOR, to the Music Secretary, Mrs
M.E. Waterston, 35 Buchan Drive, PERTH, PH1 1NQ, not later than
February 2018. All items must be marked clearly as to class number and
name of competitor, with a separate copy supplied for each performer
(even where several competitors have chosen the same item), NOT ATTACHED
to the entry form. This includes piano, ensemble, band and orchestral
classes. N.B. In the case of ensemble entries, a full score MUST
be provided. Failure to send in the required copies by the required
date may lead to disqualification.
20. Own Choice – Music. If the services of the Official
Accompanist are required, ONE photocopy of the entrant's selected test
piece/s for the adjudicator, in accordance with regulation 19, AND ONE
ORIGINAL COPY for the accompanist, in accordance with regulation 17d and 17e,
MUST be sent to the Music Secretary, Mrs M.E. Waterston, 35 Buchan
Drive, PERTH, PH1 1NQ, not later than
8th February 2018. All items must
be marked clearly as to ownership, class number and name of competitor,
with a separate copy supplied for each performer (even where several
competitors have chosen the same item), NOT ATTACHED to the entry form.
Failure to send in the required copies by the required date may lead to
All Test Pieces are to be performed with accompaniment, unless the copy
specifically states otherwise.
22. All set Test Pieces are to be performed with repeats unless
otherwise stated. Failure to do so may lead to loss of marks or
23. The prescribed editions of music, and key where specified,
must be used by all competitors. The use of other editions will lead to
loss of marks or disqualification. Standard pitch will be used in all
In all instrumental classes, tuning time must not exceed 30 seconds. In
Advanced and Open classes, competitors must do their own tuning.
a) Competitor/s (individual or choirs) may compete in more than one
class where the syllabus does not specifically state otherwise.
b) No person will be allowed to take part more than once in any one
class except in a duet or group class, where a second entry is
permitted, provided a different part is performed.
26. No conductor shall sing with his or her choir in competition.
27. In all competitive classes, teachers and instructors must not
play with groups or ensembles, except at Elementary or Intermediate
level of bands and orchestras, where one non-pupil may play in order to
allow a group to perform.
28. a) Competitors MUST report to the Stewards before
commencement of their class.
b) Competitors failing to appear when called upon will forfeit their
right to take part in the particular competition, subject to a right to
appeal to the Secretary, who may, if he thinks fit and opportunity can
be found, allow them to compete.
29. In the event of a tie in any Solo Class, the Adjudicator may,
at his discretion, ask competitors concerned to perform part or all of
either or both Test Pieces.
30. ADJUDICATORS' decisions shall in all cases be final
and adjudicators must not be approached with queries or comments
regarding their decisions. Such queries or comments should be
addressed to the Secretary, in writing (Reg.8).
31. ADJUDICATORS' NOTES should be collected by competitors at
the close of the class or session at which they have performed.
CERTIFICATES will be awarded as follows: Honours Certificates to
all entrants who gain not less than 90%, First Class Certificates to all
entrants who gain not less than 85% and Certificates of Merit to all
entrants who gain not less than 80%. Competitors are asked to collect
Certificates from their warm-up area, at the end of the Class or Session
at which they have performed.
33. No Trophy or Prize will be awarded unless the competitor
receives an average of 85%, unless otherwise stated.
34. Where trophies are awarded, they are held for the ensuing
year only and must be returned to Cairncross Ltd., Jewellers, 18 St.
John Street, Perth by 31st January 2019. A responsible adult will be
required to sign a receipt and give an undertaking to keep the Trophy
safe and to return it in good condition.
35. Any engraving MUST be done by Cairncross Ltd., 18 St John
Street, PERTH, at the winner’s expense.
PHOTOGRAPHY & RECORDING
36. Photography, including digital photography, and recording,
either audio or video, are not permitted.
Parents/teachers/leaders are reminded that they are responsible for the
conduct and safety of school-age competitors in their charge.
It is not
in the spirit of the festival movement for competitors or their
supporters to pass comment, whether it is directed at a competitor or at
Please be aware that silence during competition makes it fair for all