If this is your first Festival you may be wondering what you need to do on the day when you are performing.
The date, time and venue for your class will be published on this website in early April. Do arrive in plenty of time. Go to the room where your performance is to take place a few minutes before your class is due to start. If necessary you can enter the room during applause so as not to disturb a performance taking place. Make sure your name is noted by the steward.
Make sure you have everything you need with you. If you have music, or are reading from text, make sure you have all the copies you need. Check the rules to make sure whether the adjudicator also needs a copy. You must abide by the rules on copyright – as set out in the Syllabus.
This year entry to the Pump Rooms is free of charge, but the number of spectators that will be allowed into any particular room will be severely limited, because of the COVID regulations. Please see the notice on the Home Page.
Do your friends and family have a ticket to watch you? Tickets can be bought on the day at the Box Office. It’s only £4 per person for a day ticket which can be used to watch all classes that day and evening. Anyone over 18, who is not a competitor, will need a ticket. If you are in more than one class, your friends or family may want to become a Friend of the Festival so that they can not only watch your classes but any other class at the Festival – Friends also get a free souvenir programme.
When it is time for you to perform, your name will be called and you (and your accompanist) should make your way to the performance area.
After everyone has performed, the adjudicator will announce the results of the class and give constructive feedback on your performance.
All individual performers (except adults) receive an adjudication sheet, which will be emailed to you and a feedback form (unless Covid-19 procedures prevent this), which can be collected from the Festival Office at the back of the Town Hall. These may take 30 minutes to process so be prepared to wait a short time after your class has finished. If you have been presented with a cup (Covid-19 procedures permitting), you must immediately take it to the Festival Office, where it can be signed for (by an adult only) and put in its box before you take it home.
In some instances, cups may be awarded at a different time to your class, so please check the programme or ask at the Festival Office. If you are a cup winner you can also purchase a gold medal for £5 which you can keep. The cup must be returned for next year’s Festival.