Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Pianoforte Sections


Sat, 10 March 2018 and Sun, 11 March 2018

Redmaids' High School, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Section Rules:

As per General Rules, plus:

1 AGE OF COMPETITORS IS AS OF 10th MARCH 2018. ADULTS ARE THOSE WHO ARE 18 BEFORE 10th MARCH 2018. 2 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. 3 Only one piece to be performed unless playing in Repertoire class or where otherwise indicated. 4 Time limits must be strictly adhered to. 5 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 2018. Substitution of pieces after the programme is printed may result in performer not being placed. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 In the event of a class having a large number of entrants, the committee may decide to split the class into 2 sections. Competitors will be allocated a section at random. 2 different cups may then be awarded.


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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)


David Quigley

Award winning Irish pianist David Quigley enjoys a wide and varied career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in many of the world's greatest concert halls. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with many orchestras and has collaborated with distinguished conductors. David is also a much sought after chamber musician and performs with internationally renowned artists as well as with his recently formed a new chamber group, Incus Ensemble. David has a wide discography and he broadcasts extensively on both radio and television including for the BBC and Classic FM. Aside from performing, David is passionate about musical education. He is a member of the piano faculty at Birmingham Conservatoire and is co-founder/director of Newry Chamber Music, a concert society that provides concerts and education projects in his home town and surrounding areas. David is also frequently invited to give masterclasses and to adjudicate piano competitions throughout Ireland and the UK.

Caroline Diffley

Caroline studied at the Royal College of Music and spent a term at the Academia Chigiana in Siena. Her first teaching post was at the Kent Music School. She moved first to Oxford, where she taught at the Dragon School, and later to Devon where she was a tutor at Dartington College of Arts. She also taught at Wells Cathedral School for eleven years, working with both specialist and generalist students there.

Caroline has been an ABRSM examiner for many years, examining all over the world. She is also a diploma examiner and a Music Medals moderator. As well as her work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Caroline is a mentor and tutor with South West Music School and runs a private piano teaching practice.

Her pupils have achieved many successes, including being awarded the ABRSM Gold Medal, and the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for the highest mark in local examinations.

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