Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Pianoforte Sections


Sat, 11 March 2017 and Sun, 12 March 2017

The Red Maids' School, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Section Rules:

As per General Rules, plus:

Age of competitors is as of 11th March 2017. Adults are those who are 18 before 11th March 2016.

Teachers, parents & performers are advised to carefully check the rules at the beginning of the syllabus & the notes below.

In all classes a copy must be provided for the adjudicator before performing. This must be neatly presented and of good quality. Players may use a copy or purchased copy for performance, but a purchased copy MUST be available at the time of playing.

Only one piece to be performed unless playing in Repertoire class or where otherwise indicated.

Time limits must be strictly adhered to.

The title and composer of items to be performed should be submitted at the time of entry. Please include opus numbers where relevant. Changes can be made up to and including 1st March 2016.

Substitution of pieces after the programme is printed may result in performer not being placed.

Substitution for duet or ensemble partners may only be allowed at the discretion of the secretary. In the case of illness, only the originally entered competitor will be adjudicated.

Own Choice classes are designed to include players of different standards. It is important to understand that each performance is judged primarily on the quality of playing regardless of grade of piece.

Children playing at a very much higher standard than their age group may consider entering classes above their age group. This may be necessary in order to remain within the time limit of the class. Entrants may not enter more than one class of the same type in different age groups. For example an entrant may play in either Repertoire class 13 years and under or Repertoire class 15 years and under, but NOT BOTH.


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Suggested Music publications:

Those listed below are suggestions for the classes and are NOT set books:

Suggested books for Jazz Style/Light Music (24P and 28P) :: New Orleans Jazz Styles by Gillock (pub Willis Music)

:: Jazz Tonic Volume II by Joseph Makholm (pub. Gerrard Billaudot)

:: Jazz & Blues for Piano by Peter Jarrett (pub. H L Music)

Suggested books for Jazz Style/Light Music (32P)

:: Jazz Rags and Blues Book 2 by Martha Mier (pub. Alfred)

:: Jazz Stix by Sarah Watts (pub. Kevin Mayhew)

:: 22 Treats for Piano by Mike Mower (Itchy Fingers Publications)

:: Little Stories in Jazz for Piano by Mike Schoenmehl (pub. Schott)

Suggested books for Jazz Style/Light Music (36P)

:: Jazz, Rags and Blues Book 1 by Martha Mier (pub Alfred)

:: Little Pepper Series by Elissa Milne (pub Faber)

:: Crossing Borders Books 1,2 or 3 by Remo Vinciguerra (pub Peters)

:: Pop Preludes for Piano by Laurie Holloway (pub Novello)

:: Swing and Jive Plus Five by John Rowcroft (pub Fraser-Enoch)

Suggested books for 8 years and under (39P)

:: Premier Piano Course Performance 1B or 2A (pub Alfred)


Matthew Bale

Matthew’s busy career as conductor and keyboard player has involved working with numerous orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and The National Chamber Orchestra of Greece.

He has worked as conductor and accompanist with various international artists including Evelyn Glennie, José Carreras and Emma Kirkby. Matthew is an ABRSM Examiner, adjudicator, harpsichordist, and has a piano/violin duo partnership with his wife, violinist Lorna Osborn.

For over a decade, Matthew was Director of Music at Badminton School and also Musical Director of Bath Choral Society for 23 years. The choirs and ensembles thrived under his leadership, performing a wide range of repertoire, culminating in some highly acclaimed concerts, recordings and European tours.

Matthew began his musical training as a chorister at Bristol Cathedral, later studying piano, harpsichord, composition and organ at the Royal Academy of Music. He won a place on the Academy’s advanced conductors’ course, studying with many distinguished conductors of the day, including Antal Dorati, Riccardo Muti, and John Carewe.

Among his numerous prizes and scholarships are the Principal’s Award for conducting an acclaimed performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and the Silver Medal in the Guildhall Piano Performance Diploma.

Anthony Williams

Anthony was born in Essex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly. Following international competition success he has gone on to give recitals, broadcasts and concerto appearances around the world. He is also an experienced accompanist, performing with soloists such as Peter Cropper and Ann Murray.

As a piano teacher Anthony has established an international reputation, his pupils achieving notable competition success and many becoming professional musicians. Having taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Reading University, Anthony is now based full-time at Radley College as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Studies, and he combines this with a busy freelance career.

As an educator he has written numerous articles and books on piano teaching and regularly presents masterclasses, lecture-recitals and seminars on performance, repertoire and the art of teaching, both internationally and throughout the UK. Publications include ‘The Best of Grade’ and ‘Fingerprints’ books for Faber as well as ‘Teaching Notes’ for ABRSM. He has appeared on radio in a series of ten short talks on piano performance and interpretation as part of the Radio 3 Piano Festival.

Anthony is a Moderator (both jazz and classical), Trainer and Examiner for ABRSM, a regular and experienced presenter at their Conferences and Teacher Support events and has been the joint syllabus selector for the piano exams since 1999. He is an experienced and busy adjudicator, a member of the Federation of Festivals, and President of Chipping Norton Music Festival.

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