Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Pianoforte Sections


Sat, 9th March, Sun, 10th March 2019

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

Section Rules:

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 February 2019. 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 two sections. Competitors will be allocated a section at random. Two 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)


Nancy Litten

Nancy began piano lessons at age six and by nine she had won an exhibition to Kent's Junior Music School, the Saturday school for talented young musicians. She learnt with Christopher le Fleming until age thirteen when she received an Arts Council award to study with Julius Isserlis in London. At age sixteen she entered the Royal Academy of Music, London, on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. Her professors were Leslie England and Max Pirani, with Rex Stephens for piano accompaniment. Later she took lessons with Nellie ben Or to learn about the Alexander Technique applied to piano playing. She is a solo, chamber music and orchestral pianist, and piano accompanist. She specializes in teaching those of grade 8 and diploma level. She has been on the Management Committee of EPTA UK (the European Piano Teachers' Association) since 2009, and is also the chair of EPTA's Kent branch, which she founded. As an arranger and composer she has contributed to ABRSM publications, such as Piano Mix, Piano Star and grade anthologies. Teaching has involved many different establishments including Benenden School and the Kent Centre for Young Instrumentalists, where she has taught her instruments, chamber groups, choirs, aural and musicianship. Nancy became an ABRSM examiner in 1998. She wanted to know more about vocal technique, and took singing lessons with Kate Fish and Jenny Miller, gaining an ATCL in performance in 2001. Since then she has taught singing and conducted choirs of all ages, including the Kent Choir for Instrumentalists, music centre ensembles, and The Dawn Chorus, an adult chamber choir. Her book Choral and Vocal Warm Ups for Pianists gives pianists advice on singing techniques, keyboard harmony and accompanying skills. Her recent book Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with Keyboard Harmony also has a dual purpose. Nancy adjudicates for the British and International Association of Festivals, serving on the Adjudicators' Council. She is a Generalist as well as having specialisms in Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Strings, Chamber music, and Choral Singing. She often speaks at conferences; subjects she has addressed include aural training, piano playing, piano accompaniment, vocal warm-ups, and electronic keyboard teaching. She has written articles for many magazines, including Music Teacher Magazine and contributes reviews in EPTA's Piano Professional magazine. Nancy is married, with children and grandchildren. Her hobbies include sketching, portraiture, photography and botany.

Kathryn Page

Kathryn Page has given over 20 recitals at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and chamber music pianist. She has toured Norway, Italy, Ireland and Australia where she gave seven recitals at the Sydney Festival and broadcast for ABC. At home Kathryn has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio 3 from Broadcasting House, St Georges, Bristol and St Davids Hall, Cardiff. Her interest in contemporary music has led to many world premieres including works by Gary Carpenter, Alisdair Nicholson and Django Bates. She has worked with many established artists including David Campbell, John Lenehan, Joanna MacGregor and Sting! TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN, an appearance on the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge. In 1991 she recorded the complete set of six Mozart-Grieg duo sonatas for BBC Radio Three. In recent years Kathryn has worked prolifically as a popular and busy adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals, ABRSM examiner, and administrator for EPTA UK, the Chetham's International Summer School For Pianists and the Manchester International Concerto Competition. She recorded Bartok's Sonata for 2 Pianos, Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and Camilleri's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Murray McLachlan, and gave an acclaimed performance in 2013 of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at Chetham's.

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