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1 ENTRY QUALIFICATION Participants should enter the class appropriate to their standard and must only perform music at the correct level for that class.


Up to and including ABRSM/TG grade 1


Covering ABRSM/TG grades 2 + 3


Covering ABRSM/TG grades 4 + 5


ABRSM/TG grade 6 and upwards


For musicians of any standard and any age

Where age restriction applies, qualifying date is the first day of the Festival.


(a) All entries must be accompanied by two stamped, addressed envelopes to cover return of acknowledgement and admission slips.

Entries will not be accepted without the envelopes.

(b) No entry is valid unless the entry form has been fully completed and is accompanied by the entry fee which is non-returnable. Cash should not be sent through the post and cheques and postal orders should be made payable to the "Fife Festival of Music". The entry fee for individual or duet class is £15; for all other classes the fee is £20.

(c) (i) Each entry, on a separate entry form, must be received no later than 1st October by the Fife Festival Entry Office, P.O. Box 26800, Kirkcaldy KY2 5UG

Entries received by 15th September will attract a discount of £2 per entry.

    (ii) Entries will be acknowledged by 1st November; if by then you have not received an acknowledgement, you should contact the Entry Office as above.

(d) Additional entry forms can be obtained from the Fife Festival Entry Office as above or be downloaded from the Festival Entry page. Entry forms may be photocopied.

(e) Admission slips, showing the date, time and place of each class entered, will be sent to each participant before the Festival, and these must be handed to the check-in Steward on arrival at the venue. These will also give, where possible, an approximate indication of the anticipated time of the end of the class.

(f) The committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry without assigning any reasons.


(a) Any choir, group or competitor not present at the beginning of a class may be disqualified, except in circumstances over which there is no control. Participants are strongly advised to check the details which they have been given with the timetable in the printed programme, and to query any discrepancy in good time.

(b) Every effort must be made to ensure that participants are entered for the class appropriate to their standard. Should it be necessary to enquire about any issue regarding standards or judging, the enquiry should be directed to a member of the Executive, e.g. Chairman, Vice Chairman, Administrator. Neither Adjudicators nor Stewards should be engaged upon such activities.

(c) Choirs/Vocal Ensembles should not present the same programme/items in more than one class.

(d) Young Musician Class (100)

The Young Musician class will take the form of a final round competition with participants progressing from Open instrumental classes. Winners of the Open Piano, Strings, Guitar, Clarsach, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion classes who revive an 'O' or 'V' award and who are aged 21 or under, will be invited to take part in the Young Musician class. In addition, a recommendation may be made by an adjudicator to include a second representative from an open class to progress to the YM final. 


(a) In non-competitive classes, neither marks nor order of merit or prizes will be awarded. If time permits there may some discussion of general points with participants.

(b) For each entry there will be an individual confidential report from the adjudicator, together with a certificate.

(c) Nursery School class (903)
Performance to consist of a maximum of three action songs lasting a maximum of 6 minutes. Maximum number of pupil participants on stage - 50. Schools may enter as many groups as they wish but a separate entry form must be completed for each group.

(d) Primary School class (901)
Schools may enter as many groups as they wish but a separate entry form must be completed for each group. NB Only two groups from any one school will be timetabled in any one session. Separate entry forms must be completed. Maximum performance time, 8 minutes each group. Maximum number of performers in a group is 66.

(e) Secondary School class (902)
Schools may have as many musical groups/soloists as they wish as part of a presentation which must not exceed 30 minutes - including set-up time. Schools may enter as many 30 minute presentations as they wish but a separate entry form must be completed for each presentation of 30 minutes.


Such classes may be split into smaller sections so that each entrant is given the opportunity to perform all prepared material. Where a trophy is to be awarded in a class which has been thus split, the adjudicator will decide on the best performance over both or all sections.


Participants must provide their own accompanists. In competitive classes, accompaniments must be live. Where a group accompaniment is appropriate, the maximum number of players is three. The Festival will aim to eradicate any clashes of participants being scheduled in two classes at the same time (such things happen when a solo and a group event coincide for a participant and the Festival has no knowledge of the membership of any group). However, the Festival cannot give any undertaking to avoid or reschedule clashes where an accompanist has such a problem.

On occasions, schools, particulalry Primary Schools, indicate that they are unable to secure the services of a piano accompanist to assist them in their preparation for the Festival, leading in some cases to the schools having to withdraw entries. Schools finding themselves in such a situation can contact the Festival Administrator who may be able to put them in touch with an accompanist.


(a) Printed repeats in set pieces must be played unless otherwise stated.

(b) Any edition specified MUST be adhered to, and no transposition from the key in which any test piece is written will be allowed.

(c) Availability of music has been checked.


Participants in classes with "own choice" tests are instructed that:

(a) (i) for competitive classes, a copy of own choice music must be handed to the Check-in Steward and should be clearly marked with the competitor's name and class number.

     (ii) while not essential for non-competitive classes, it is desirable that for these classes this is also done.

(b) at the conclusion of the class, participants will be responsible for uplifting their own music from the Adjudicator's Clerk.

(c) maximum performance times stated will be strictly observed in the interest of accurate timing of classes.


Copies of Own Choice Works for the Adjudicator

The Music Publishers Association has issued a revised Code of Practice on copying copyright works, and the following concession is made for copying own choice pieces from volumes only for the Adjudicator. Other items must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.

"When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a competition or festival provided that the competitor or participant has already purchased his/her own copy and that the copy made is retained and destroyed by the Administrator of the Competition or Festival immediately after the event. This permission specifically does not apply to set works."


The adjudicator's report will normally be available to each participant at the end of the class and can be uplifted from the Adjudicator's Clerk. The adjudicator's decision will be final. Categories of achievement will be used as explained on the Assessment page.

NB Where a trophy is to be awarded over two or more classes, the adjudicator may retain the comment sheets until the decision on the award is made.


Certificates will be awarded to all participants, and for competitive classes, will show the category awarded by the adjudicator.


Where a trophy is available in a class, it will be awarded for the most meritorious performance in the adjudicator's opinion. Where a trophy is available over several classes, the most meritorious performance overall, in the adjudicator's opinion, will gain the award. In either case, performances in the O and V categories only will be considered for the award of a trophy.    


Members of the public are admitted to all classes.

The Festival programme is published in January with details of class times/venues available on the website in December.

Any question arising which is not covered by these regulations, or the notes against individual classes in the syllabus, should be addressed to the Administrator, who will if necessary, refer it to the Committee. The Committee's decision will be final.

Festival contact details are available on the Contact Us page, or for withdrawals from the Withdrawals page. Enquiries are neither dealt with at nor should be directed to Fife Council, Education and Children's Services or Lochgelly High School.

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