General Rules

G1 The Competition shall be known as the “Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts”.
G2 There is no geographical restriction for any of the Competitors, except for the Keith Nutland Award where to qualify the student‟s home must be in Gloucestershire.
G3 No persons gaining all or a principal part of their livelihood by music, speech, drama or dancing may compete, except in the classes marked “Open” (This Rule does not apply to Conductors of Choirs). The Committee reserve the right to refuse entry to an Open Class where the performer‟s experience may be insufficient.
G4 The management of these competitions and all matters relating thereto shall be in the hands of a Chairman and a Committee with a Secretary and Treasurer, whose decision on any points shall be final.
G5 In the event of there not being a sufficient number of entries in any Class, or in the opinion of the judges the competitors do not show sufficient merit, the Committee reserves to itself the power to withdraw all or any of the awards.
G6 Time limits must be strictly adhered to and competitors who over-run will be penalised with the loss of one mark per minute or part of a minute.
G7 In the event of there being fewer than 5 entries in a Class, the committee reserves to itself the power to cancel that Class. In that event, a refund of the fees will be given.
G8 The well-groomed personal appearance of competitors will be taken into account when adjudicating performance and awarding marks.
G9 (a) IN ALL CLASSES other than Adult Music, Open Music and Group Music Classes, certificates will be awarded to competitors gaining the following marks: Outstanding 90 and over; Honours 85-89; Distinction 80-84; Merit 75-79.
(b) Certificates and Adjudicator‟s Mark Sheets will be available 30 minutes after any competition is completed. Certificates not collected during the Festival will be sent by post on payment of £1 until 2 months after the festival closes when they will be destroyed.
G10 (a) No trophy or challenge cup will be awarded under 85 marks
(b) In the event of more than one person being awarded a Challenge Cup, they shall hold it for a proportionate time in alphabetical order of surname.
(c) Medals will be awarded on the following basis:
1st Place 1 silver gilt medal (but see rule G10(d)), 2nd Place 1 silver medal, 3rd Place 1 bronze medal, providing a mark of 80 or more has been achieved. NO medals will be awarded in any “Open” classes throughout the Festival
(d) The winners of Cheltenham Festival Cups receive a special Cup Winners Certificate instead of a medal. Cup Winners can purchase a gold medal from the Festival Office if they so wish.
G11 All entries must be entered online or be sent to the respective secretary on or before 1st February on the Entry Form and accompanied by the Fee. A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM MUST BE USED FOR EACH CLASS. LATE ENTRIES MAY BE RETURNED AT THE SECRETARY‟S DISCRETION.
G12 In the case of numerous entries the committee reserves the right to divide any Class which may be considered too large for adjudication.
G13 Age limit is reckoned as on 1st January for Dance and 1st September for Music and Speech & Drama in the year preceding the Festival and this will be strictly observed. All ages under 19 years must be on the Entry Form. Entry Forms without the competitor‟s age (under 19 years) will not be accepted.
G14 The Committee regrets that Fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances other than rule G7.
G15 The Festival is bound by copyright law AND CANNOT ALLOW any type of photography, tape or video recording during a performance or adjudication.
G16 The Festival is bound by copyright law AND CANNOT ALLOW any type of photography, tape or video recording during a performance or adjudication.
G17 Competitors in “Own Choice” Classes may not offer items with which they have already won prizes in past Cheltenham Festivals.
G18 Competitors may not enter more than once in the same Class unless specified, nor may they enter the same piece in more than one Class.
G19 Competitors should perform in the order given in the programme unless involved elsewhere, in which case they must notify the steward. Those not answering to their names when called will be recalled at the end of the Class, however the adjudication will not be delayed.