Lochaber Music Festival
EXTRA INFO

Class 92 – Violin

This class is for pupils with less than one year's tuition.

 

Classes 95 and 96 – Violin or Viola and Cello

These classes are for pupils with less than two year’s tuition.

 

Classes 109 – 111 – Open. Violin, Viola and Cello

Performing time should be not more than 7 minutes.

 

Classes 328, 122, 123, 124 and 125 - Violin Solo – Scots

Details of Own Choice pieces must be given on the entry form but copy of music not required.

 

Classes 126 – 129 String Groups – Chamber Group, Trio, Quartet

One player to each part.

 

Classes 329, 330 and 130 -  Fiddle Group

Details of Own Choice pieces must be given on entry form but copy of music not required.

 

Classes 131 – 134 - String Ensembles

These can have up to 12 players.

 

Classes 158 – 162 – Woodwind Solo

Beginner Classes where pupils have less than 1 year's tuition.

 

Classes 219 – 222 – Group Music Making – Instruments and Voices

Each group should include voices, melodic instruments, tuned and untuned percussion.  Please state if electronic instruments are included.  Accompaniment may be provided by an adult.

 

Classes 223 – 225 – Brass Solos

These classes are for pupils with less than one year's tuition.

 

Classes 250 – 252 – Brass Duets/Trios

These classes may have any combination of two or three Brass instruments.

 

Scottish Instrumental Classes - Clarsach, Accordion and Tin Whistle

Details of Own Choice pieces must be given on the entry form but a copy of music is not required.

 

Chanter and Bagpipes  

 

Chanter – Chanter competitions are confined to pupils of schools in Lochaber District and others resident in Lochaber District who have not yet attained Bagpipe Standard.  Competitors in Classes 273 – 275 may NOT enter the Bagpipe Classes.  Titles and copies of pieces are not required.

 

Bagpipes – These classes are confined to pupils of schools in Lochaber District and others resident in Lochaber District.  Titles and copies of pieces are not required.

 

Classes 276 and 277 Bagpipes

Previous competitors in these classes are not eligible to re-enter.

 

Classes 278, 279 and 280 – Bagpipes

Competitors in Classes 276 and 277 are not eligible for this class.

 

Class 281 1st Year Piobaireachd – Bagpipes

(Ground ONLY).  This is for pipers competing for the first time in Piobaireachd whether novice or otherwise.

 

Class 282  2nd Year Piobaireachd

(Ground and first variation ONLY) – for pipers competing for the second year in Piobaireachd.

 

Class 283   3rd Year Piobaireachd

This is for pipers competing for the third year in Piobaireachd.

 

Class 284 Senior Piobaireachd

This is for pipers competing for the third year or more in Piobaireachd.

 

Classes 297 – 299 – Speech

The performing time in these classes should be not more than 7 minutes.

SINGING GAMES

In a singing game, the game is of premier importance, singing is a stimulus.  Presentation should be simple, without costume and without accompaniment.  The key- note and/or starting note may be sounded.  Any team assisted by an off-stage choir will be disqualified.

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SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING

 

Each set shall contain four couples.  Members of any set may not dance in another set in the SAME CLASS.

Non-competitive classes will be adjudicated but not marked

 

“Own Choice” dances must be taken from R.S.C.D.S. Books.  Teams should not send copies with Entry Forms.

 

Classes 309-314 are open to Lochaber schools and organisations only.

 

Class 320 (A Story In Dance) - This is to tell a story, of say, a song, a poem or something historical (Scottish based) but to do it through dance, mime and music.  The music could be provided by CD, the teacher, or indeed the class or group itself.

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PREMIER AWARDS

Winners in certain competitions or groups of competitions (at advanced level and above) may be asked, at the discretion of the adjudicators, to compete in the Premier Instrumental Award Competition, Class 351(solo instruments other than Accordion, Bagpipes, Clarsach, Scots Fiddle, Tin Whistle & Scots Piano) or the Premier Scots Traditional Award Competition,  Class 352 (solo Accordion, Bagpipes, Clarsach, Scots Fiddle, Tin Whistle & ScotsPiano). See also Rule 7

Winners in competitions 5 to 17; 20 to 24; 27 to 31 & 321 may be asked, at the discretion of the adjudicators, to compete in the Premier Vocal Award Competition (Class 350).

 

350. Premier Vocal Award

351. Premier Instrumental Award

352. Premier Scots Traditional Award

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NEW MARKING SCALES

Here is a note of the scale of marks which has been adopted generally by festivals throughout the Federation.

The Adjudicators will continue to write their remarks on the performance given and insert their marks in the appropriate box on the adjudication sheet.

 

Mark

Level

Description

75 -  77

FAIR

A performance limited in its communication

78  -  80

MODERATE

A performance showing development of technique and/or communication

81  -  83

MERIT

A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability

84  -  86

COMMENDED

A convincing performance technically and artistically

87  -  89

DISTINCTION

An excellent performance technically and artistically

90+

OUTSTANDING

An exceptional performance, both technically and artistically