Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016

Adult Vocal


Adult Vocal Sections


Sat, 11 March 2017

St Peter's Church, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD

Section Rules:

As per General Rules, plus

1. Age of performers in the Vocal Sections is as at 1st March 2017. Adults are those who are 19 before 1st March 2017. Performers must strictly observe the conditions regarding age.

2. Where a performer has requested the services of the official accompanist, a copy of own choice music must be sent to: Margaret Thomas 20 Kersteman Road Bristol BS6 7BX. Copies must arrive no later than 1st March 2017. See also General Rules 11 - 14. If there are any difficulties please contact the vocal secretary.

3. Titles of own choice songs must be submitted with entries but changes can be made up to and including 1st March 2017. Performers will not be allowed to sing any other song than that notified.

4. A second copy of own choice music must be available for the adjudicator on the day of the festival. Compliance is the performer's own responsibility and neither the Secretary nor the Committee are able to help in this matter.

5. When the directive "any standard edition" is given, this must be treated in the same way as own choice music. A copy must be supplied for the adjudicator. A copy must also be supplied for the official accompanist if the official accompanist is used by the performer.

6. Unless otherwise stated in individual classes performers in all classes must sing from memory.

7. Time limits as stated must be strictly adhered to. With regards to Da Capo arias, the whole aria, including the repeat, must fall within the time limit. See Rule 6 of the General Rules.

8. No substitutions can be made, nor change of pairings in ensemble classes, after the closing date for entries.

9. Where classes specify a test piece, the performer must use the edition or copy supplied. Performers may however sing the set piece in any key.

10. Unless otherwise stated in individual classes, a performer may not sing any song more than once in the Festival.

11. A performer may only make one entry in each solo class.

12. A performer may enter more than once in the duet, ensemble or recital classes with a different partner.

13. Fees for vocal classes include the services of the Official Accompanist. A performer may use their own accompanist but there can be no refund of any fees.

14. A performer can choose to enter classes on a non-competitive basis. The fee remains the same and the Official Accompanist will still be available. Please state at the beginning of the performance if you wish to perform non-competitively. You will only receive adjudication for a non-competitive entry.


Luise Horrocks

After studies at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, Luise’s career as a professional soloist, Soprano, took her throughout the UK, Europe, America and South Africa.

She has held teaching positions in both the Junior and Senior departments of the Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University. She runs an extensive private teaching practice, works as a vocal coach on residential courses and is a mentor on the CT ABRSM panel. She has also trained and conducted the Wyre Forest Young Voices choir.

As well as adjudicating for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Luise is a Senior Examiner for Trinity Guildhall

Maria Jagusz

Maria Jagusz trained as a dancer before taking up a place at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Further scholarships enabled her to continue her studies at the National Opera Studio.

Since then she has worked as soloist for most of the leading opera companies in the U.K and Europe. Her roles include Carmen, Cherubino, Orlofsky, Hansel, Dorabella and Rosina. She has performed with many of the worlds leading singers including Domingo, Carreras, Freni and Dame Felicity Lott.She is a keen recitalist and a regular soloist for choral societies in the U.K. and future work includes recitals in Wiltshire and Cornwall.

As a teacher Maria specialises in training students who are hoping to have professional careers in the world of opera and musical theatre. She runs the highly successful MJ-UK Music and Arts, which helps showcase young talent in both operas and musicals. She is advisor for Longborough Festival Opera’s Young Artist Programme.She travels all over the country leading workshops and masterclasses for singers.

She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

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