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Singing was at the heart of the very first Hastings Musical Festival and it still is. Today’s singers have a vast range of styles and repertoire to choose from, from Classical Opera and Oratorio to Pop, from Show Songs to Folk Songs, there is something for everyone. This section also offers opportunities to Singer-Songwriters to present their own work. Whether you are 5 or 65 there is a class to suit you. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals are always hotly contested, and offer a wonderful showcase for the best of the best.


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Classes

2000 Singing Solo Boys or Girls (Age 7 and under)2000 Singing Solo Boys or Girls (Age 7 and under)

Set piece: 'My Grandfather's Clock' 'The Best of Singing Grades1-3 low voice. Faber Music or ABRSM Songbook 1

Award: THE MAUREEN AUMONIER MEMORIAL CUP Presented by: 'a friend'

Fee   ₤7.50

7 and younger

2004 Singing Solo Boys (Age 8 and under 11)2004 Singing Solo Boys (Age 8 and under 11)

Set piece: 'The Crocodile'. 'ABRSM Songbook 1'

Award: THE ERIC THIMAN SILVER CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 8 and 10

2008 Singing Solo Boys (Age 11 and under 14)2008 Singing Solo Boys (Age 11 and under 14)

Set piece: 'The Dark Island ' ABRSM Songbook 4.

Award: THE CLIFFORD GLAZIER SILVER CHALLENGE CUP Presented by Mr & Mrs A J Glazier.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 11 and 13

2016 Singing Solo Girls (Age 8 and under 10)2016 Singing Solo Girls (Age 8 and under 10)

Set piece: 'Coconut Man' by Aubrey Beswick. ABRSM Songbook 2

Award: MICHAEL TENBOSCH SILVER CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 8 and 9

2024 Singing Solo Girls (Age 10 and under 12)2024 Singing Solo Girls (Age 10 and under 12)

Set piece: 'Earth Sea and Sky'. From The Best of Grades 1-3 singing. Faber Music.

Award: ALBERT TURNER CUP.Presented by Mrs B Turner.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 10 and 11

2032 Singing Solo Girls (Age 12 and under 14)2032 Singing Solo Girls (Age 12 and under 14)

Set piece: 'Dusk' Armstrong Gibbs. From 'The Boosey and Hawks 20th Century Easy Song Collection.'

Award: THE DOREEN CARTER CUP.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 12 and 13

2046 English Song Solo (Age 14 and under 18)2046 English Song Solo (Age 14 and under 18)

Award: THE BRENDA BENTALL CUP Presented by: The Bentall Family

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 14 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own choice. Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Britten, M. Dring, C. Liddell, R.R. Bennett or similar.

2048 Verse and Song Solo (Age 9 and under 12)2048 Verse and Song Solo (Age 9 and under 12)

Award: THE HILDEN GRANGE CUP. Presented by Hilden Grange School.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 9 and 11

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: English Art Song.

Words to be recited first as a poem and then sung.

Time limit to include introduction, poem and song.

2052 Verse and Song. Solo (Age 12 and under 18 )2052 Verse and Song. Solo (Age 12 and under 18 )

Award: THE KEN JOHNSON TROPHY presented by Ken Johnson

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 12 and 17

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: English Art Song

Words to be recited first as a poem then sung.

Time limit to include introduction, poem and song.

2056 Verse and Song Solo (Age 18 and over)2056 Verse and Song Solo (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE ATKINSON CUP. Presented by Judy Atkinson.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: English Art Song

Words to be recited first as a poem, then sung. Time limit to include introduction, poem and song.

2060 Sacred Song Solo (Age 12 and under 18)2060 Sacred Song Solo (Age 12 and under 18)

Award: THE GEORGE SAUNDERS MEMORIAL CUP. Presented by Miss Beryl Saunders.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 12 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: One Song (can be from Oratorio). Note: to be sung from memory.

2064 Foreign Language Song Solo (Age 12 and under 18)2064 Foreign Language Song Solo (Age 12 and under 18)

Award: THE GERTRUDE ROSSA SHIELD. Presented by Mrs. Karen Mcinally.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 12 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Any classical solo song in a foreign language. Not Mother Tongue.

2067 Show Song. Solo. ( Age 7 and 8)2067 Show Song. Solo. ( Age 7 and 8)

Fee   ₤7.50

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered whith regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

2068 Show Song.Solo (Age 9 only)2068 Show Song.Solo (Age 9 only)

Award: THE PRIMARY SHOW SONG CUP. Presented in memory of Mr. peter Rickets.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age 9

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

2069 Show Song (Age 10 only)2069 Show Song (Age 10 only)

Award: THE JOAN POTTER AWARD

Fee   ₤7.50

Age 10

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

2070 Show Song Solo (Age 11 only)2070 Show Song Solo (Age 11 only)

Award: THE APS CUP Presented by Advanced Plumbing Solutions.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 11 and 12

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

2071 Show song. Solo. (Age 12 only)2071 Show song. Solo. (Age 12 only)

Fee   ₤7.50

Age 12

Up to 6 mins

 

Section Singing

 

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

 

Solo

₤7.50

2072 Show Song Solo (Age 13 Only)2072 Show Song Solo (Age 13 Only)

Award: THE BATTLE ABBEY SCHOOL TROPHY. Presented by Battle Abbey

Fee   ₤7.50

Age 13

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

2074 Show Song. Solo (Age 15 and under 18)2074 Show Song. Solo (Age 15 and under 18)

Award: THE ELIAS FAMILY CUP.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Solo song from any Musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costumes allowed.

2076  Show Song Solo (Age 18 and over)2076  Show Song Solo (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE LESLIE FELSTEAD MEMORIAL TROPHY Presented by Miss Norma Redfern

Fee   ₤7.50

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice Solo song from any Musical show or film.( Not including Gilbert and Sullivan).

 

No props or costumes allowed.

2093 Cabaret Standard Solo (Age 13 to under 18 )2093 Cabaret Standard Solo (Age 13 to under 18 )

Award: THE MAD FISH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE . Presented by Emma Burnett.

Fee   ₤7.50

13 and older

Up to 5 mins

Solo Cabaret or Standard song. ( a song not written or performed in a musical).

Post 1940 to present day. Suitability of song must be considered with regard to the festival and age of class. No props or costume allowed.

2096 Singing Solo Early 20th Century Music Theatre. (Age 13 and under 18)2096 Singing Solo Early 20th Century Music Theatre. (Age 13 and under 18)

Award: THE IVORA REES TROPHY. Presented by Ivora Rees.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 13 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Any song written by Ivor Novello, Irving Berlin, Gershwin, Jerome Kern or similar, pre 1945.

2100 Popular Music Vocal Class Solo (Age 9 and under 12)2100 Popular Music Vocal Class Solo (Age 9 and under 12)

Award: THE MAD FISH JUNIOR AWARD. Presented by Mad Fish.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 9 and 11

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: solo song .Any popular song. Not Show Song. (If a song was originally written for a musical, it is not allowable).

 

Performers may choose from a wide range of genres, such as jazz, blues, rock etc. All songs must be suitable for performance at the Festival - offensive lyrics will not be allowed and the adjudicator will have the power to stop any performance deemed unsuitable.

 

A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available, together with a piano. Performer may be accompanied by a guitar. A separate CD must be provided for each performer using a backing track, or an audio line in will be available.

2101 Popular Music Vocal Class Solo (Age 12 and under 15)2101 Popular Music Vocal Class Solo (Age 12 and under 15)

Award: MAD FISH JUNIOR PLUS AWARD. Presented by Mad Fish.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 12 and 14

Up to 5 mins

Own choice: Any popular song. Not Show Song (if a song was originally written for a musical, it is not allowable).

 

Performers may choose from a wide range of genres, such as jazz, blues, rock etc. All songs must be suitable for performance at the Festival - offensive lyrics will not be allowed and the adjudicator will have the power to stop any performance deemed unsuitable.

 

A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available, together with a piano. Performer may be accompanied by a guitar.

 

A separate CD must be provided for each performer using a backing track, or an audio line in will be available.

2102 Popular Music Vocal Class . Solo (Age 15 and under 18)2102 Popular Music Vocal Class . Solo (Age 15 and under 18)

Award: THE MAD FISH INTERMEDIATE AWARD. Presented by Mad Fish

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: solo song. Any popular song. Not Show Song (if a song was originally written for a musical, it is not allowable).

 

Performers may choose from a wide range of genres, such as jazz, blues, rock etc. All songs must be suitable for performance at the Festival - offensive lyrics will not be allowed and the adjudicator will have the power to stop any performance deemed unsuitable.

 

A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available, together with a piano. Performer may be accompanied by a guitar.

 

A separate CD must be provided for each performer using a backing track, or an audio line in will be available.

2104 Unaccompanied Folk Song Solo (Age under 11)2104 Unaccompanied Folk Song Solo (Age under 11)

Award: THE LILIAN CORDELL SILVER CHALLENGE CUP 'A'

Fee   ₤7.50

10 and younger

Up to 3.5 mins

Own Choice: Solo song. Any traditional folk song from the British Isles.

2108 Unaccompanied Folk Song. Solo (Age 11 and under 14)2108 Unaccompanied Folk Song. Solo (Age 11 and under 14)

Award: LILIAN CORDELL SILVER CHALLENGE CUP 'B'

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 11 and 13

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Solo song. Any traditional folk song from the British Isles.

2112 Unacompanied Folk Song. Solo (Age 14 and under 18)2112 Unacompanied Folk Song. Solo (Age 14 and under 18)

Award: THE SELLENS FOLK AWARD. Presented by Mr. And Mrs. Sellens.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 14 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Solo song. Any traditional folk song from the British Isles

2116 Self Accompanied Solo (Age 11 and under 16)

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 11 and 15

Own Choice: Song with Piano, Acoustic Guitar or Harp. Not pop song. Copies of the music must be provided for the Adjudicator.

Credit will be given for presentation and Musical standard of the Song.

2138 Humorous Song. Solo (Age under 18)

Award: THE PAULINE BARTON CUP. Presented by Her Family.

Fee   ₤7.50

17 and younger

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Not Show Song. Costume and hand-held props acceptable. Accompaniment can be by any solo instrument.

2172 English Art Song . Solo - 20th and 21st Century Open (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE MOLLY TOWNSON CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 4 mins

Own choice: Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Britten, M. Dring, C. Liddell, R.R. Bennett or similar. (See also Class 2056 Verse and Song class for Age 16 and over)

 

Anyone who gains a mark of 87 and over in this class is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class .

2180 Sacred Song. Solo (Not Oratorio) (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE PERCY WILLIAM MACEY CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice

2188 International Art Song. Solo 20th and 21st Century . Open (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE PAUL HAMBURGER CUP. Presented by Miss Jane Metcalfe.

Fee   ₤10.00

16 and older

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Any solo Art song not from the British Isles: Grieg, Sibelius, John Duke, Barber, Granados, De Falla, Respighi, or similar. (Excluding French and Lieder. May be sung in original language or in translation. Anyone who gains a mark of 87 and over in this class is eligible to enter the Gold Medal Class.

2248 Popular Music Vocal Class Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE MAD FISH SENIOR AWARD. Presented by Mad Fish.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Any popular song. Not Show Song (if a song was originally written for a musical, it is not allowable).

 

Performers may choose from a wide range of genres, such as jazz, blues, rock etc. All songs must be suitable for performance at the Festival - offensive lyrics will not be allowed and the adjudicator will have the power to stop any performance deemed unsuitable. Performers must supply the adjudicator with a copy of their lyrics.

 

A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available, together with a piano. Performer may be accompanied by a guitar. A separate CD must be provided for each performer using a backing track, or an audio line in will be available.

2252 Humorous Song. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE COLIN BARTON CUP. Presented by His Family.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Not Show Song. Costume and hand-held props acceptable. Accompaniment can be by any solo instrument.

2256 Vintage Song. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE DENSEM CHETWOOD BALLAD CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

16 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice. Popular song from 1870-1945, including Music Hall, Drawing Room Ballad, wartime standards and jazz standards from that era. Period costume optional but encouraged. Performers may invite audience participation where appropriate.

2258 Unaccompanied Folk Song. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE LUCY METSON CUP.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

2264 Self Accompanied. Solo. (Under 18)

Award: THE DENSEM CHETWOOD CUP

Fee   ₤7.50

17 and younger

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Song with Piano, Accoustic Guitar or Harp.

Not a Pop Song. Copies of music must be provided for the adjudicator.

Credit will be given for presentation and Musical standard of the Song.

2265 Self Accompanied. Solo. (18 and over)

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Song with Piano, acoustic Guitar or Harp. Not pop song. Copies of the music must be provided for the Adjudicator.

Credit will be given for presentation and Musical standard of the Song.

2280 Senior Class Open. Solo. (Age 60 and under 70 )

Award: THE HELEN HENSCHEL CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

60 and older

Up to 4 mins

Up to 4 minutes Own Choice.

Copies may be used.

2281 senior Class. Solo. (age 70 and over)

Fee   ₤10.00

70 and older

Up to 4 mins

Age 70 and over. Up to 4 minutes Own Choice. Copies may be used

SINGING - SOLOS OR ENSEMBLE - OPTIONAL

2062 Gilbert & Sullivan (Age under 18)

Award: THE JUNIOR GILBERT & SULLIVAN TROPHY. Presented by Supporters Anonymous.

Fee   Solo: ₤7.50     Group: ₤12.00 per group

17 and younger

Up to 4 mins

Any Solo, Duet, Trio or quartet from an Opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2136 Singing Novice Class Any solo or duet (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HASTLEONS JEANNE SAYER CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 4 mins

New Rule

This class is free to anyone who has never sung in a Musical Festival.

 

Own Choice: Not Pop Music. Any voice, male or female. Open to performers who have not won a first place in any Festival affiliated to the Federation.

2232 Gilbert & Sullivan. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HASTLEON OPERATIC & DRAMA SOCIETY SILVER CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by The Hastleon Operatic and Drama Society.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 4 mins

Any solo, duet, trio or quartet from an opera by Gilbert & Sullivan. Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2236 Light Opera (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE MOORE CUP (Presented by Richard and Lesley Moore)

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Any solo or duet from light opera or similar, published before 1950. (Johann Strauss, Lehar, Monckton, Balfe, Novello, Coward, Vivian Ellis or similar). Not Gilbert & Sullivan. Soloists may also enter this class in a duet as a separate entry.

2240 Musical Play (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE BLODS TROPHY FOR EXCELLENCE (Presented by Bexhill Light Operatic and Dramatic Society)

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice. Any solo or duet from any musical play (Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kern, Bernstein, Lerner and Loewe, Sondheim or similar). Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2062 Gilbert & Sullivan (Age under 18)

Award: THE JUNIOR GILBERT & SULLIVAN TROPHY. Presented by Supporters Anonymous.
Fee Solo: £7.50 Ensemble/Group: £12.00 per ensemble/group
17 and younger
Up to 4 minutes
Any Solo, Duet, Trio or quartet from an Opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2136 Singing Novice Class Any solo or duet (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HASTLEONS JEANNE SAYER CUP
Fee £10.00
18 and older
Up to 4 minutes New Rule
This class is free to anyone who has never sung in a Musical Festival.
Own Choice: Not Pop Music. Any voice, male or female.
Open to performers who have not won a first place in any Festival affiliated to the Federation.

2232 Gilbert & Sullivan (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HASTLEON OPERATIC & DRAMA SOCIETY SILVER CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by The Hastleon Operatic and Drama Society.
Fee £10.00
18 and older
Up to 4 minutes
Any solo, duet, trio or quartet from an opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2236 Light Opera (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE MOORE CUP (Presented by Richard and Lesley Moore)
Fee £10.00
18 and older
Up to 5 minutes
Any solo or duet from light opera or similar, published before 1950. (Johann Strauss, Lehar, Monckton, Balfe, Novello, Coward, Vivian Ellis or similar).
Not Gilbert & Sullivan. Soloists may also enter this class in a duet as a separate entry.

2240 Musical Play (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE BLODS TROPHY FOR EXCELLENCE (Presented by Bexhill Light Operatic and Dramatic Society)
Fee £10.00
18 and older
Up to 5 minutes
Own Choice. Any solo or duet from any musical play (Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kern, Bernstein, Lerner and Loewe, Sondheim or similar).
Soloists may also enter this class in a duet, trio or quartet as a separate entry.

2244 Show Song Open (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HUDSON-SMITH CUP
Fee Solo: £10.00 Ensemble/Group: £15.00 per ensemble/group 18 and older
Up to 5 minutes
Own Choice. Any solo, duet or trio from any musical show or film 1970 to present day.
Soloists may also enter this class in a duet or trio as a separate entry.

2134 Junior Recital. Solo. (Age 13 and under 18)

Award: THE BATTLE ABBEY SCHOOL SHIELD

Fee   ₤10.00

Age between 13 and 17

Up to 10 mins

Own Choice contrasting programme of two, three or four songs . Credit will be given for choice of programme, presentation, dress and deportment and personality. Time limit includes introduction and pauses between songs. Programme may include one song performed in another class during current festival. The programme may include Musical Theatre, but Pop songs are not acceptable. A standard of at least ABRSM Grade V is expected.

2268 Recital Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE W.H.DYER ROSE BOWL

Fee   ₤20.00

18 and older

Up to 15 mins

Own Programme. Time limit includes introduction and pauses between songs. Credit will be given for choice of programme, presentation, dress and deportment and personality. It is suggested that dress should be such as would be suitable for a lunch-hour concert.

SINGING MEDALS

2120 Bronze Medal (Girls) (Age 12 and under 15)

Set piece: 'The Owls' by Peter Jenkins. ABRSM SONGBOOK 3

Award: THE BRONZE MEDAL

Fee   ₤10.00

Age between 12 and 14

2124 Bronze Medal (Boys) (Age12 and under 15)

Set piece: 'A Smuggler's Song' by Christopher Le Fleming. ABRSM Songbook 4

Award: THE BRONZE MEDAL

Fee   ₤10.00

Age between 12 and 14

2128 Silver Medal (Girls) (Age 15 and under 18)

Set piece: ' Silver' .Armstrong Gibbs sheet Music.

Award: THE SILVER MEDAL

Fee   ₤14.00

Age between 15 and 17

2132 Silver Medal (Boys) (Age 15 and under 18)

Set piece: 'Trade Winds' by Frederick Keel. ABRSM Songbook 5

Award: THE SILVER MEDAL

Fee   ₤14.00

Age between 15 and 17

2272 Silver Medal (age 18 and over)

Award: THE SILVER MEDAL

Fee   ₤14.00

18 and older

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Classical Song. Credit will be given for presentation and Musical standard of Song.A winning mark of 87 must be achieved before the medal can be awarded.

2276 Singing Gold Medal Open. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE GOLD MEDAL. A CASH PRIZE OF £150 if a mark of 85 and over is awarded.

Fee   ₤18.00

18 and older

Sponsored by Hastings Round Table

 

Anyone with a mark of 87 and above in the following classes will be eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class on application to the General Secretary and payment of the Gold Medal entrance fee.

 

The Gold Medal will be awarded to the winner with a mark of 90 and above and only to a singer who is not already a Hastings Musical Festival Gold Medallist. However former Gold Medallists entering the class will also be eligible to win the cash prize of £150.

 

A Cash prize of £150 for the winner of this Class if a mark of 85 and over is awarded.

 

2172 English Art Song

2176 Early Music

2188 International Art Song

2189 French

2196 Lieder

2208 Mozart

2212 Operatic. Women

2216 Operatic. Men

2220 Oratorio. Women

2224 Oratorio. Men

 

 

Gold Medal entrants will sing their song from one of the above, and also a song of their own choice which they have not already sung in the 2019 Festival.

 

N.B. It is important to prepare a second song. Own choice song can be any style other than Rock, Pop or Jazz Credit will be given for presentation, dress and musical standard of the songs. Please note. This class will not take place if fewer than three entries are received.

2120 Bronze Medal (Girls) (Age 12 and under 15)
Set piece: 'The Owls' by Peter Jenkins. ABRSM SONGBOOK 3
Award: THE BRONZE MEDAL
Fee   ₤10.00
Age between 12 and 14
 
2124 Bronze Medal (Boys) (Age12 and under 15)
Set piece: 'A Smuggler's Song' by Christopher Le Fleming. ABRSM Songbook 4
Award: THE BRONZE MEDAL
Fee   ₤10.00
Age between 12 and 14
 
2128 Silver Medal (Girls) (Age 15 and under 18)
Set piece: ' Silver' .Armstrong Gibbs sheet Music.
Award: THE SILVER MEDAL
Fee   ₤14.00
Age between 15 and 17
 
2132 Silver Medal (Boys) (Age 15 and under 18)
Set piece: 'Trade Winds' by Frederick Keel. ABRSM Songbook 5
Award: THE SILVER MEDAL
Fee   ₤14.00
Age between 15 and 17
 
2272 Silver Medal (age 18 and over)
Award: THE SILVER MEDAL
Fee   ₤14.00
18 and older
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice: Classical Song. Credit will be given for presentation and Musical standard of Song.A winning mark of 87 must be achieved before the medal can be awarded.
2276 Singing Gold Medal Open. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE GOLD MEDAL. A CASH PRIZE OF £150 if a mark of 85 and over is awarded.
Fee £18.00
18 and older

Anyone with a mark of 87 and above in the following classes in 2019 will be eligible to enter the 2019 Gold Medal on application to the General Secretary and payment of the Gold Medal entrance fee.

The Gold Medal will be awarded to the winner with a mark of 90 and above and only to a singer who is not already a Hastings Musical Festival Gold Medallist. However former Gold Medallists entering the class will also be eligible to win the cash prize of £150.

A Cash prize of £150 for the winner of this Class if a mark of 85 and over is awarded. 2172 English Art Song

2188 International Art Song
2189 French
2190 Slavonic
2196 Lieder
2208 Mozart
2212 Operatic Women
2216 Operatic Men
2220 Oratorio Women
2224 Oratorio Men

Gold Medal entrants will sing their song from one of the above, and also a song of their own choice which they have not already sung in the 2019 Festival.

N.B. It is important to prepare a second song. Own choice song can be any style other than Rock, Pop or Jazz Credit will be given for presentation, dress and musical standard of the songs. Please note. This class will not take place if fewer than three entries are received.

The John Lockey Championship is open only to the winners of classes 2140 to 2164 who qualify automatically, with a mark of 80, to compete.

If an entrant has qualified in two classes, he/she must choose one piece for the championship.

Set Songs for the John Lockey Championship, classes 2140 to 2160 are available from :-

Www.boosey.com/shop

2140  Soprano Age (18 and over)

Set piece: 'How Sweet the Answer (The Wren)' Britten Folk Song Arrangements Vol. 4 (High Voice) key B. www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2144 Mezzo-Soprano (Age 18 and over)

Set piece: 'The Widow Bird' by Herbert Howells. The Boosey & Hawkes Song Collection.Vol. 2. Key Emin. Www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2148 Contralto (Age 18 and over)

Set piece: 'Oft have I Sigh'd' by Thomas Campion. The Art of Song grade 6 (Low Voice) Key Cmin. www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2156 Tenor (Age 18 and over)

Set piece: 'My Lovely Celia' by George Munro. Key G. www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2160 Baritone (Age 18 and over)

Set piece: 'Bright is the Ring of Words' by R. Vaughan Williams. 15 Recitals Songs in English (Low Voice) key D. www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2164 Bass (Age 18 and over)

Set piece: ' Seargent's Song by Gustav Holst. Key Gmin. Www.boosey.com

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

2168 The John Lockey Championship (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE JOHN LOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP ROSE BOWL

Fee   ₤0.00

18 and older

Open only to the winners of classes 2140 to 2164 who qualify automatically, with a mark of 80, to compete. If an entrant has qualified in two classes, he/she must choose one piece for the championship.

The June Elgar Memorial Championship is open only to the winners of classes 2176 and  2189 - 2224 who qualify with a mark of 80 to compete.

If an entrant has qualified in two classes, he/she must choose one piece for the Championship.

2176 Early Music . Solo (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE EARLY MUSIC CUP. Presented by Miss NaomI Kilby

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice: A song or aria composed before 1800. Any language.

The winner is eligible for The June Elgar Memorial Championship if a mark of at least 80 is awarded.

Anyone with a mark of 87 or more is eligible the enter

The Gold Medal Class.

2189 French Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE YVES GOEAU CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own choice from any French classical composer.

To be sung in French.

The winner will be eligible for the June Elgar Memorial Championship if a mark of at least 80 is awarded.

Anyone who gains a mark of 87 and above in this class is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class .

2196 Lieder Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE CECILIE ELSWORTH SILVER CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by Miss Ceciilie Ellsworth.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Own Choice: Any composer.

To be sung in German.

Winner eligible for June Elgar Memorial Championship if mark of at least 80 awarded.

Anyone who gains a mark of 87 and over in this class is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class.

2208 Mozart Operatic or Concert Aria (Not Oratorio). Solo. Open (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE VERITY ANN BATES CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by Miss Bates.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice: One aria only in original key.

Winner eligible for June Elgar Memorial Championship if mark of at least 80 awarded.

Anyone who gains a mark of 87 and over in this classis eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class.

2212 Operatic. Women. Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: CONCHITA SUPERVIA ROSE BOWL 'A'Presented by: Mss Dorothy Walker

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice: One aria only in the original key. Recit. optional.

Winner eligible for June Elgar Memorial Championship if mark of at least 80 awarded.

Anyone who gains a mark of 87 or over in this class is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class.

2216 Operatic Men. Open. Solo. (age 18 and over)

Award: Conchita Supervia. Rose Bowl 'B' Presented by Miss Dorothy Walker.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice. One Aria only in original key.

Recit. Optional.

Winner eligible for The June Elgar Memorial Championship if a mark of at least 80 is awarded.

Anyone with a mark of 87 or above is eligible to enter

The Gold Medal Class.

2220 Oratorio. Women. Open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE WINIFRED DIXON CHALLENGE Cup.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 8 mins

Own Choice: One aria in the original key. Copies may be used. NOW INCLUDING BACH ARIA .

Winner eligible for the June Elgar Memorial Championship if a mark of at least 80 awarded.

Anyone with a mark of 87 and over in this class is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class.

2224 Oratorio Men. open. Solo. (Age 18 and over)

Award: FRANK NEWLYN CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by : Mrs. D. Midmer.

Fee   ₤10.00

18 and older

Up to 8 mins

Including Bach Aria.

Own Choice. One aria in original key. Copies may be used.

 

Winner eligible for the June Elgar Memorial Campionship if a mark of at least 80 is awarded.

Anyone with a mark of 87 and above is eligible to enter The Gold Medal Class.

2228 The June Elgar Memorial Championship (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE JUNE ELGAR MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY. Presented by John and Elaine Elgar.

Fee   ₤0.00

18 and older

Open only to the winners of classes 2188-2224 who qualify with a mark of 80 to compete. If an entrant has qualified in two classes, he/she must choose one piece for the championship.

SINGER/SONGWRITER

2118 Singer/Songwriter. Solo. (Age 11 to under 15)

Award: MATTHEW JAMES MEMORIAL CUP. Presented by Emma Burnett.

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 11 and 14

Up to 4 mins

Can be self accompanied or accompanied by piano or guitar. A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available. Performer must have written the tune and accompaniment. Lyrics and music or chords to be provided for the adjudicator. Note: the same song cannot also be used in a solo pop-vocal class.

2266 Singer/Songwriter. Solo. (Age 15 and under 18)

Award: THE MICHAEL JAMES MEMORIAL CUP.Presented by Emma Burnet)

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Can be self accompanied or accompanied by piano or guitar. A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available. Performer must have written the tune and accompaniment. Lyrics and music or chords to be provided for the adjudicator. Note: the same song cannot be performed in the solo pop vocal class.

2118 Singer/Songwriter (Age 11 to under 15)

Award: MATTHEW JAMES MEMORIAL CUP.  Presented by Emma Burnett.
Fee £7.50
Age between 11 and 14
Up to 4 minutes

Can be self accompanied or accompanied by piano or guitar. A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available.
Performer must have written the tune and accompaniment. Lyrics and music or chords to be provided for the adjudicator.
Note: the same song cannot also be used in a solo pop-vocal class.

2266 Singer/Songwriter (Age 15 and under 18)

Award: THE MICHAEL JAMES MEMORIAL CUP. Presented by Emma Burnet)
Fee £7.50
Age between 15 and 17
Up to 4 minutes

Can be self accompanied or accompanied by piano or guitar. A professional PA system and sound engineer will be available.
Performer must have written the tune and accompaniment. Lyrics and music or chords to be provided for the adjudicator.
Note: the same song cannot be performed in the solo pop vocal class.

Will be adjudicated on combined performance of competitors. In the Singer and Accompanist classes a performer may appear a second time in the other capacity. No electronic keyboards are permitted.

2288 Singer and Accompanist (Age under 15)

Award: THE W. FRANK FREEMAN SILVER CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤7.50

14 and younger

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice:

2292 Singer and Accompanist. (age 15 and under 18)

Fee   ₤7.50

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice:

An Ensemble (as opposed to a Choir) is defined as one voice per part. Any minimum age limit will apply only to the eldest performer. Performers may only appear once in each class (unless otherwise stated). Appropriate arrangements allowable.

2078 Show Song Duet or Ensemble (Age 8 and under 11)

Award: The Mad Fish Management Award

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Age between 8 and 10

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Duet or ensemble from any musical show or film. No props or costume allowed. Singers may enter class twice - once in a duet, and once more in a larger group.

2080 Show Song Duet or Ensemble (Age 11 and under 15)

Award: SOUNDCRAFT TROPHY (Presented by Soundcraft)

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of 2 people

Age between 11 and 14

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Duet or ensemble from any musical show or film. No props or costume allowed. Singers may enter class twice - once in a duet, and once more in a larger group.

2081 Show Song. Duet or Ensemble (15 and under 18)

Award: THE STUDIO ACADAMY AWARD. presented by Lesley Davis.

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Duet or ensemble from any musical show or film. No props or costume allowed. Singers may enter class twice - once in a duet, and once more in a larger group.

2244 Show Song Open (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE HUDSON-SMITH CUP

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice. Any duet or trio from any musical show or film 1970 to present day.

2260 Unaccompanied Folk Song Group (Any age)

Fee   ₤16.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 10 mins

2 or more singers

2262 Instrumental Folk Group (Any age)

Fee   ₤16.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 10 mins

Singers Optional. 2 or more singers/instrumentalists.

2304 Show Song Duet or Ensemble (15 and under 18)

Award: THE STUDIO ACADEMY AWARD (Presented by Lesley Davis)

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Age between 15 and 17

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Duet or ensemble from any musical show or film. No props or costume allowed. Singers may enter class twice - once in a duet, and once more in a larger group.

2308  Duet. (Age under 13).

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of 2 people

12 and younger

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Duet, any style (not show Song) any combination of voices.

2312 Duet (Age 13 and under 18)

Award: THE ROBERT PATTENDEN CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of 2 people

Age between 13 and 17

Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Duet, any style (not show song). Any combination of voices.

2316 Classical Duet, Non Operatic. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE PHILOMEL SILVER CHALLENGE CUP.

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of 2 people

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: must be pre 1960. Any combination of voices.

2320 Operatic Duet (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE JULIE GEORGE CUP

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of 2 people

18 and older

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice: Any combination of voices. To be sung in original key.

2324  Ensembles. (Age Under 18)

Award: THE HOPE CUP. Presented by Ms.Judith Coleman.

Fee   ₤12.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

17 and younger

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Not Show Song. ( If a song was written for a musical, it is not allowable). Any combination of voices.

Appropriate Ensemble arrangements allowable.

2328 Trios. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE OFORD SARGENT SILVER CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by Mr. oford Sargent.

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of 3 people

18 and older

Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: any combination of voices.

2332 Quartets. (Age 18 and over)

Award: THE EILEEN TICEHURST CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by The Tenterden Choral Society.

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of 4 people

18 and older

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Any combination of voices.

2334 Pop Vocal Duet and Ensemble (Age 9 and under 14)

Award: THE ANN HOHENKERK CUP presented by Lesley van Egmond

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Age between 9 and 13

Up to 5 mins

At least two singers. Singers may enter class twice - once in a duet, and once more in a larger group.

2335 Pop Vocal Duet and Ensemble. (Age 14 and under 18)

Fee   ₤15.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Age between 14 and 17

Up to 5 mins

At least two singers. Singers may enter the class twice, once in a Duet and once more in a larger group.

Choirs may be accompanied by Piano, Keyboard or pre-recorded Backing Track.(May contain instruments but no vocals)

Please note that accurate numbers of Choir size (and number of helpers) must be provided for all Choir classes.

Audience space for these classes will be limited. Audience tickets for the School Choirs will be available in advance, details will be shown on the Festival website.

Please provide copies of music for the Adjudicator.

2336 Beaver Scouts and Rainbows (Age under 9)

Award: THE MRS BETTY LUNN TROPHY.Presented by Mrs. Jenny Barton-Hibbs.

Fee   ₤18.50 per group

Group of a minimum of 5 people

8 and younger

Up to 6 mins

Own Choice: Action song or songs. Costume optional. At least 5 performers. Extra marks will be awarded for Songs of real merit with bona-fide action.

2340 Cub Scouts, Brownies or Guides. (Age under 11)

Award: THE DOROTHY HALLET CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by Mrs. Dorothy Hallet.

Fee   ₤18.50 per group

Group of a minimum of 5 people

10 and younger

Up to 7 mins

Action Songs and Camp Fires

Own Choice: Action song or songs. Costume optional. Musical instruments permitted. At least 7 performers. Extra marks will be awarded for Songs of real merit with bona-fide action.

2344 Singing Action & Campfire Songs. Scouts or Guides. ( Any Age)

Award: THE CLARE TROPHY. presented by 2nd St. Leonard's Guides.

Fee   ₤18.50 per group

Group of a minimum of 7 people

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Campfire programme. Costume optional. Musical instruments permitted. Extra marks will be awarded for Songs of real merit with bona-fide action.

2348 Choirs 40 Voices or Fewer. (Up to and including year 6)

Award: THE DEREK NORCROSS MEMORIAL TROPHY

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of 7 to 40 people

Year 6 and under

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Choirs may be accompanied by piano, keyboard or pre-recorded piano or keyboard.

2352 Choirs More than 40 Voices. ( Up to and including year 6)

Award: THE JOHN LOCKEY BANNER

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 40 people

Year 6 and under

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs.

2356 Choirs. Any number of voices. ( Up to and including year 4)

Award: THE SIR HENRY COWARD SHIELD

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Year 4 and under

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Any number of voices.

2360 Choirs. Any number of voices.( Up to and including year 8)

Award: THE MABEL E. JEPSON SILVER CHALLENGE SHIELD. Presented by Miss Mabel Elizabeth Jepson.

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Year 8 and under

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Any number of voices.

2364 Boys Choir. Any number of voices. (Any Age)

Award: THE KENT CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Any number of voices.

2368 Youth Choir. Any number of voices. (Age under 26)

Award: THE READ BROWN SILVER CHALLENGE CUP

Fee   ₤20.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 7 people

25 and younger

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Any combination of voices.

2372 Adult Choir (Any age)

Award: THE ST CECELIA SILVER CHALLENGE SHIELD

Fee   ₤30.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: ACCOMPANIED BY PIANO. Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Any combination of voices. Copies may be used if necessary.

2373 WI and Townswomen's Choir. (Any age)

Award: THE MORTON CUP

Fee   ₤25.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 7 people

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting Songs. Copies may be used if necessary.

2374 Church Choir. (Any age)

Award: THE H C BURGESS CUP

Fee   ₤25.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 7 mins

Own choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. Copies may be used if necessary.

2377 'A Capella' Group Any combination of voices. (Any age)

Award: THE MRS. F. TYLER SILVER CHALLENGE CUP. Presented by The Round Table of Bexhill

Fee   ₤25.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 7 mins

Own Choice: Programme of at least two contrasting songs. For any unaccompanied choir or group, including madrigals, barbershop or other. Any number of voices. Copies may be used, if necessary.

2384 Music Theatre Showcase (Any age)

Award: THE MUSIC THEATRE CUP. Presented by Mad Fish.

Fee   ₤30.00 per group

Group of a minimum of 2 people

Up to 15 mins

Adjudication for this class will be based on all elements, singing, acting and choreography. hand held props allowed. No costumes allowed. Performers may enter more than once in this class. Own Choice: Extract or highlights from any one musical. Any number of performers. Backing track CD allowed for accompaniment (instrumental only) or piano. Performance will be on the main theatre stage.

Other Classes

2073 Show Song . Solo. (Age 14 only)

Fee   ₤7.50

Age 14

 

 

Own Choice: Solo song from any musical show or film. Suitability of choice must be considered with regards to age group. No props or costume allowed.

 

 

Hastings Rotary Young Musician

Hastings Musical Festival is working in partnership with Hastings Rotary Club to find entrants for their Young Musician of the Year competition.

Winners of certain classes who are eligible will be contacted by the Singing Secretary and the Hastings Heat will be held in October 2020. The winners can then move on to the District, Regional and National Competition.

Hastings Musical Festival is working in partnership with Hastings Rotary Club to find entrants for their Young Musician of the Year competition.

Winners of the Girls and Boys Girls Singing Silver Medals (2128 and 2132) together with the winners of the following classes: 2046,2060,2064,2088,2093,2096, will be invited to compete in the Hastings Area heats of the National Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition in October/November 2019. District, Regional and National finals will be held in 2020.

Winners must achieve a mark of 85 or above in these classes and must be aged 17 or under on 31st August 2019 to be eligible to enter. Competitors must be in full time education but not at professional music college on this date.

Adjudicators

Andrea Calladine ARCM, ABSM, FISM

Andrea Calladine has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor, coach and adjudicator in the main genres of singing to Musical Theatre. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire including performances of The Messiah and The Creation through the Mozart Masses to Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Rutter, and she has made radio broadcasts. Operatic roles have included Despina in Così fan Tutti; Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring; Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Pamina in The Magic Flute. Today, she is happiest teaching Music Theatre where her skills in singing, acting and language can be combined. Andrea’s teaching commitments now are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing for four years and was appointed the associations Conference Director in 2014.

She also is an Assessor/Mentor for the AOTOS Teacher Training course. Andrea is also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. Other positions held have been at the Birmingham Conservatoire (1985-2009), Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, the Elgar School of Music, and Worcester University. Andrea is an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!

Andrea is looking forward to adjudicating once again at the Hastings Musical Festival (it is 10yrs since her last visit) and also to hearing some wonderful singing from all of the performers.

Belinda Mikhail BMus(Hons), PGdip,RCM,ARCM

Belinda Mikhaïl won the Associated Board and the Queen Mother Scholarships to study piano and singing as a joint first study at the Royal College of Music where she won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for her final recital. Since graduating she has travelled extensively performing both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has appeared as a concerto soloist at the major London Concert Halls. She has made numerous recordings for Sony BMG and Universal and is a vocal soloist on EMI's Vocalise album as used in trailers for ER, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. She appears as the featured soloist on many film soundtracks, including In the Shadow of the Moon (Winner Sundance Film Festival), and Bobby Fischer against the World. Her solo piano playing of the theme from Chariots of Fire was heard at every medal ceremony at the London Olympic Games. Belinda is also in demand as a vocal coach for classical, pop and rock singers and runs an extensive private teaching practice. She has trained performers as diverse as Siouxsie Sioux, Jennifer Ellison, Jack Garrett, Cathy Tyson, the Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, as well as the world-renowned dancer Akram Khan. Her students are enjoying major roles in theatre companies up and down the country as well as West End Shows such as Chicago, Dreamgirls, Haddestown, Dirty Dancing, Book of Mormon and High School Musical and the hit TV series’, Downton Abbey and Broadchurch. Belinda’s work as an adjudicator has seen her travel extensively and in 2018 she was invited to Trinidad and Tobago where she adjudicated their month long biennial Music Festival. Future trips will see her adjudicate both in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She thoroughly enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and meeting a wealth of musicians as she travels in her role as a member of the BIFF.

Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA

Ben is a freelance musical director, adjudicator,singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Musical Director of Southampton Choral Society, on the faculty at Laine Theatre Arts, and a visiting musical director at Trinity Laban and Mountview Academy. He is a generalist music adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. Born and based in London, Ben initially trained as a flautist, before majoring in piano, singing and conducting, and his early career included répétiteur work for the London Symphony Orchestra and other London opera and theatre companies. A specialist in musical theatre, he has been an MD on numerous productions, and has taught at most of the major London performing arts colleges. Countless of his former singing students enjoy successful careers in London’s West End and beyond. His performing and adjudicating work takes him overseas frequently, with recent visits to Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Italy, France, Gibraltar, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Zimbabwe. Closer to home, he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s musical direction annual scholarship. Outside of music he is a keen motorcyclist.