Lochaber Music Festival
RULES
1.
ENTRY FEES











ENTRY FEES MUST BE PAID WITH THE ENTRIES
Entry Fees cannot be refunded.  Cheques should be made payable to: Lochaber Music Festival Association.
Payment can be made direct to the Lochaber Music Festival bank account.  Please request details from secretary@lochabermusicfestival.co.uk

2.
CLOSING DATE
Entry Forms, along with the appropriate fee, must be with the Programme Secretary, Rosemary Bridge, Hilbre, Arisaig, PH39 4NU (entries@lochabermusicfestival.co.uk) on or before Friday 26th January 2018.  Entries received after the last postal delivery on the 26th January may not be accepted.  If possible we would ask for entries to be submitted electronically via the website www.lochabermusicfestival.co.uk or by emailing the Excel form to simplify the processing of data.

3.
OWN CHOICE
Where “Own Choice” is specified, this generally means one piece only, unless otherwise stated or a time limit is given. Titles of "Own Choice" selection must appear in the programme, except where indicated.  If titles of "Own Choice" items are altered or do not appear in the programme an adjudication will be given but marks may not be awarded.  If details of "Own Choice" items and entry fees are not received with the entries, the entries may not be accepted.  To avoid having entries rejected please also ensure the following:
A Copy of "Own Choice" music or poetry for adjudicator (where required), INCLUDING TRANSLATIONS if not in English, should be delivered to the Secretary (Hazelgrove, Arisaig PH39 4NU) by the 24th February 2017.
"Own Choice" music for accompanist should be delivered to the Secretary at Hilbre, Arisaig PH39 4NU by 16th February 2018.

4.
COPYRIGHT REGULATIONS FOR “Own Choice” WORKS.
The Music Publishers Association has issued a revised “Code of Practice” on copyright works, and the following concession is made for copying own choice pieces from VOLUMES only for the adjudicator.  Other items must not be copied without permission of the copyright holder in each case. When an “Own Choice” work is selected from a volume containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the adjudicator and the copy made is retained and destroyed by the administrator of the Competition immediately after the event.  Original copies ONLY of "Own Choice" works must be made available for an accompanist.  "A Code of Fair Practices" is obtainable free on application to Music Publishers Association - 8th Floor, 2, Pancras Square, London. N1C 4AG
5.
MARKS AND CERTIFICATES
Marks may be announced for the first THREE places only, at the discretion of the Adjudicator.
A new scale of marks has been adopted generally by Festivals throughout the Federation.  A note of the new scale is given at the end of the Syllabus.
6.
ADJUDICATORS' DECISIONS ARE FINAL and adjudicators may not be approached with queries on their decisions.  If this happens the committee reserves the right to refuse further entries from the performer, performer’s representative or teacher who makes the query.  If the query disrupts or holds up the proceedings in any way then the performer or teacher may not be allowed to make entries for a period of up to three years.
7.
PREMIER AWARDS COMPETITION
In the event of a competitor qualifying, and being invited by the adjudicators to compete in more than one class in any one of the Premier Vocal, Premier Instrumental or Premier Scots Traditional Award Competitions, the competitor must choose and perform ONE piece only.  This rule also applies in qualifying competitions which have two set or own choice pieces.  For the Traditional Award Competition, competitors may perform a programme of up to 5 minutes of music already played.
A COMPETITOR CANNOT COMPETE AGAINST HIM/HERSELF.
8.
MARK SHEETS
Mark Sheets should be collected by sponsors after the close of each competition.
9.
ACCOMPANIST
The services of the official accompanists are available to all competitors, but competitors may bring their own accompanist if they so desire.
10.
CHOIRS
Permission has been granted to allow School Choirs to compete in the Festival within school hours.
11.
AGE QUALIFICATIONS
In all competitions where an AGE QUALIFICATION is stated, the governing date shall be the 31st December 2017.
12.
CONCERT
A limited number of competitors, chosen by the adjudicators, will be invited to appear in the evening concert.  To secure a balanced programme, it may be that all the first place trophy and award winners cannot be invited.
Junior competitors must be accompanied by adults (at least one adult per team) who will be responsible for the conduct of the children attending the Festival.  This applies to all Junior competitions in the Festival.
13.
JUNIOR COMPETITIONS
Junior competitors must be accompanied by adults (at least one adult per team) who will be responsible for the conduct of the children attending the Festival
14.
DUETS
Where two entrants are at different levels of performance, adjudication will be at the level of more advanced player.
15.
OPEN CLASS
Open classes are for entrants of Advanced level or above.
16.
TEST PIECES
Intending competitors who have difficulty in obtaining any of the Test Pieces should communicate with the Secretary.  In the event of a Test Piece still being unobtainable on 1st February 2017 competitors may substitute an “Own Choice” (see Rules No.3 and 4).  The Secretary must be notified if any change is made.
17.
TEST PIECES\OWN CHOICE
A Test Piece in the Syllabus cannot be given as an “own choice” piece in another class at this Festival.  Competitors cannot perform the same piece in more than one class at this Festival.  The only exception to this rule is where competitors are invited to appear in a final competition.
18.
TROPHIES
Trophies awarded one year MUST be returned for the following year as soon as they are requested.  We would like to emphasise that trophies should be taken good care of and cleaned before they are returned for presentation.
PLEASE RETURN ALL TROPHIES NO LATER THAN 16th FEBRUARY 2018.

Junior Solo/Duet - Primary Age

£2.00

Junior Solo/Duet - Secondary Age

£2.50

Adult Solo/Duet

£6.00

Junior Group - Any Age

£6.00

Adult Group

£8.50

Individual Junior Soloist

(Max Entry Fee for 5 or more Entries)

Primary - £10.00

Secondary - £12.50