Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Instrumental/Recorder Sections


Sun, 26 March 2017

The Chatterton Hall, Colston's School, Bell Hill, Stapleton, Bristol. BS16 1BJ

Section Rules:

As per General Rules, plus:

1. The Instrumental classes will take place on Sunday 26 March 2017 at The Chatterton Hall, Colston's School, Bell Hill, Stapleton. BS16 1BJ

2. See General Rules. - Additional points -

3. All classes are OWN CHOICE

4. All times are maximums and must be strictly adhered to, otherwise the candidate may be penalised. See Rule 6

5. All music for the official accompanist must be submitted to the secretary by 1 March 2017.

6. Copies of all music being performed must be provided for the adjudicator. See Rule 12.

7. Substitutions into ensemble/duet classes will be at the discretion of the secretary.

8. Only ONE piece may be played in a class.

9. A competitor may only enter a class once. However a competitor may enter with a different partner or group. See rule 7

10. Graded Classes. Competitors should not have passed any exams higher than the grade of class entered unless with a different instrument and piece of music. See rule 8

11. Performers may also enter some classes non-competitively. In which case they should inform the adjudicator who will only make comments and no award will be given.

12. The official accompanist for the 2017 Instrumental heats is Mr. Michael Castle. He can be contacted by email:


Kathryn B. Hardman

Kathryn trained as a violinist at the Royal Manchester (now Royal Northern) College of Music, graduating with Distinction both in teaching and performance. She subsequently worked as a freelance musician in the North West, performing in chamber and orchestral ensembles, and also teaching at the RNCM.

She held the post of Head of Strings for the former County of Avon from 1985 to 1991, since when she has established an extensive and highly successful private teaching practice in Bristol. Many of her students have gained places in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and won scholarships to major music colleges.

Kathryn also teaches for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and for many years taught violin for Bristol University Music Department. She is in demand as a festival adjudicator, and as a tutor on many courses in the UK, including the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, National Childrens' Orchestra and others.

She has for many years run a chamber music course for advanced string players and pianists, “Novacorda,” in Bristol. Other interests (time permitting!) are travel, Shakespeare, art galleries and walking.

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