Entering a music festival is a fantastic way to boost confidence in new musicians, set a marked level for your progress, and have fun!  Fareham Music Festival has been running since 1945, and prides itself on providing a friendly atmosphere for all ages and abilities to perform at their best.  The Festival is usually scheduled over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of April or beginning of May.

Closing Date

Closing date for entries is the 1st March prior to the Festival. Download current Syllabus and EntryForm here. You can also download the individual sections for the syllabus at the bottom of this page.

Points of Importance for Entries

To ensure that the name on your certificate is spelt correctly, please check your timetable which will be distributed in early April. If the spelling is incorrect please notify Keith Taylor at 01489-600863 or keithftaylor@hotmail.com, no later than the Wednesday prior to your performance.

Bad language will not be tolerated at any age. Adjudicators have recommended (particularly for junior competitors) that
(1) a smart dress code would enhance the competitor’s performance
(2) any lyrics should be suited to the age of the competitor

Competitors must not perform from a photocopied score as this will automatically disqualify them, and cause embarrassment to all concerned.

Performing at the Festival

In order that all competitors may have equal opportunity to familiarise themselves with the keyboard and pedals, each competitor in the piano classes may play a maximum of two scales and four chords immediately prior to their performance.

No one will be allowed near the piano during any interval.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to collect certificate, comment sheet and music at the end of each session. The Committee does not accept responsibility for these or any personal items or instruments.

For each trophy that you receive, please ensure that a trophy form is completed and handed to a Steward or Committee member before leaving the Festival.

Music can be obtained from:
Triangle Pianos: http://www.trianglepianos.co.uk, telephone 02380-552656
27 Manor Farm Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton SO18 1NN

Fees

All classes except Choirs and Ensembles:

Solos

Duets

Recitals

11 years and under

£6.00

£8.00

£9.00

12 – 17 years

£7.00

£9.00

£12.00

18 years + amateur

£8.00

£10.00

£13.00

18 years + open

£9.00

£11.00

£15.00

Senior citizens

£7.00

£9.00

£12.00

Choirs and Ensembles (any age):

Up to 10 performers

£18.00

11 – 20 performers

£24.00

Over 20 performers

£30.00

Accompanists

Entrants are advised that Fareham Music Festival does not employ official accompanists. It is the responsibility of entrants who require an accompanist to engage their own in good time before the Festival. You must expect to pay a fee for the accompanying of your Festival performance and for any rehearsals you may arrange. Payment is a matter between the accompanist and the performer. Accompanist fees are not set by the Fareham Music Festival.  Please indicate the name of your accompanist on the entry form to assist in the scheduling of classes.

Recommended Accompanists:

Individual Syllabus Sections

Choral (inc Barbershop)
Ensemble (inc Orchestras and Bands)
Instrumental (Brass, Recorder, Strings, Woodwind, Percussion)
Piano
Vocal