Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW

Junior Vocal Section Information

Please read the rules below of the Festival and Vocal Section carefully. The age of entrants is at 1st March in the Festival Year.

Unless otherwise stated, classes are open to Boys & Girls 18 years & under. Performances must not exceed 4 mins and song(s) are the competitor’s own choice.

You may enter any class as a non-competitive entrant. See Rule 14 of the Vocal Rules.


1 Age of performers in the Vocal Sections is as at 1st March in the Festival Year. Adults are those who are 19 before 1st March in the Festival Year. 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: Jane Walton 36 Copley Gardens, Lockleaze, Bristol BS79YE.

Copies must arrive no later than 1st March of the Festival Year. See also General Festival 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 of the Festival Year. 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.

Professor David Hoult MusB (Hons), MPhil, GRSM, ARMCM, FRCM, FRNCM, FLCM, HonFBC

David Hoult was Principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993 until his retirement in 2008. Before that he was Head of Music at University College Salford, and Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School. He was the founder and first Chairman of Yorkshire Young Musicians, a government-funded Centre of Advanced Training for exceptionally talented young musicians. David has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for over forty years. He has appeared at many festivals throughout the UK and further afield, including the National Festival of Music for Youth, the Granada Television National School Choirs Competition, and at festivals and competitions in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. His performing background is as a professional singer, horn player and conductor. He holds degrees in music from the universities of Manchester and Lancaster, and he studied singing with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music. As a horn player in the 1970s, he performed with many British orchestras, including the Halle and BBC Philharmonic. For many years he was a member of the BBC Northern Singers, giving countless concerts and broadcasts throughout the UK and Europe, and also in Australia and the Far East. He has performed at most of the major British festivals, including the Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. As a soloist he has sung much of the standard concert and oratorio repertoire, as well as a number of operatic baritone roles, including Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He has also been a regular broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4.

Jane English 36 Copley Gardens Lockleaze, Bristol. BS7 9YE Tel: 07752 332278 Email: janeewalton@msn.com