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 Performers, except for the Keith Nutland Award. See special rules for Keith Nutland competition.
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 matter 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 Performers should ensure that they are dressed appropriately. The well-groomed personal appearance of competitors will be taken into account when adjudicating performance and awarding marks.
G9 (a) Certificates will be awarded to performers gaining the following marks: Outstanding 90 and over; Honours 85-89; Distinction 80-84; Merit 75-79. Certificates will not be given to any adult, group or open classes.
(b) Certificates with the Adjudicator’s comments will be available 30 minutes after each class. For two months after the end of the Festival, certificates not collected during the Festival may be requested from the relevant Section Secretary and will be sent by post on receipt of a payment of £4.00.
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: Where there are 5 or fewer in a class only a gold medal will be awarded. In a class of fewer than 10 participants a gold and silver medal will be awarded. In classes of 10 or more, a gold, a silver and a bronze medal will be awarded. NO medals will be awarded in any “Open” class.
(d) Cup Winners can purchase a gold medal from the Festival Office.
G11 All entries must be entered online or be sent to the respective Section Secretary on or before 1st February. Entries received after the closing date will only be accepted at the discretion of the Section Secretary.
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 31st August 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 Performers are urged to ensure they have entered the correct Class on the entry form as transferring Classes cannot be permitted after the commencement of the Festival.
G16 The Festival is bound by copyright law AND CANNOT ALLOW any type of photography, sound or video recording during a performance or adjudication.
G17 Performers in “Own Choice” Classes may not offer items with which they have already won prizes in past Cheltenham Festivals.
G18 Performers 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 Performers 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.