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Entrance Rules

1. Professionals/Novices
CFMDS is a festival for amateur performers. For this purpose, an amateur is defined as one who is in full-time or higher education or is over the age of 22 and does not derive fees from performance or teaching of the subject of the class for which the entry is made. Professionals may only participate in ‘Open’ classes or as accompanists or conductors. Professionals entering classes not marked as ‘Open’ will not be adjudicated.


A novice is classed as someone who has not taken part in a festival previously.

2. Entry
Entries, accompanied by the entry fee, must be made not later than Sunday 8 November 2020 (postal), or Sunday 29 November 2020 (online). Entries will not be accepted after this date. They must be on the official form. No entry will be accepted unless accompanied by the full entry fee. No entry fees can be refunded.

The Committee shall have the right to transfer an entry to any other class or, if expedient, to reject it. Any class may be withdrawn if, in the opinion of the Committee, there are not sufficient entries.

3. Age Limits
Age limit in individual classes is governed by the competitor's age on 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 with the exception of Junior Singing. It does not apply to accompanists. For School Choirs, School Orchestras / Bands etc., the qualifying age is 1 SEPTEMBER 2020. For Junior Singing the age limit is as on the day of the competition

4. Admission Fees & Other Criteria

A timetabling email will be issued to all competitors which gives free admission to the session(s) in which they are to appear. All non-competitors are required to pay the admission charge as printed in the Festival Programme or stated on the door. Performers must be available ten minutes before the class is due to start. Rehearsal is permitted only in warm-up rooms provided for entrants.


5. Acceptance of Entries
The Committee reserves the right, at its unfettered discretion, to decline to accept any entry, without giving any reason.

Performance Rules

6. 'Own Choice' Pieces
Music and Speech: A copy of the item(s) to be performed, with the competitor’s name and class thereon, must be handed to the Adjudicator's steward, on the day, before the commencement of each class.

N.B. Where an accompanist has been arranged, a separate copy of 'Own Choice' music must be sent to the accompanist by the first week in January 2021.

The Committee reserves the right to disqualify any competitor who fails to comply.

Mime Solo classes: Performers must provide their own musical accompaniment if this is required.

Speech and Drama classes, including Musical Theatre: 'Own choice' entries for duos and duologues should preferably be non-copyright plays or poems, but if copyright plays are chosen, competitors MUST produce, at the time of the performance, written authority from the author or publisher, to present the selected piece.

7. Copyright
The Festival is affiliated to the British Federation of Festivals and is covered by its group licence for PRS and PPL. In addition to this we have ALCS cover for performers of verse and prose items. It is the responsibility of the performer to ensure all copyright and licensing obligations for their performance piece have been met. Acceptance of entries will be on the assumption that the necessary permission has been given.

8. Set Pieces & Own Choice Pieces

For set pieces, the prescribed editions of Speech & Music must be used and rendered exactly as written (and in the same key) except where otherwise stated. For all classes, the same piece may not be performed in more than one class in the same year, except for one item only of two or more items performed in a recital class. Performance of a repeated piece will not be adjudicated.


9. Time Limits

When set, time limits must be adhered to without exception. Adjudicators’ attention will be drawn to this rule. Any infringement will be penalised by reduction of marks or disqualification. The time limit for each class includes time required to set up, including tuning and spoken introduction.


10. Music Stands
Competitors must provide their own music stands if required.

11. Conductors
Choirs and orchestras are allowed a conductor. No competitor other than a conductor may be entered in more than one choir or orchestra in the same class.

12. Junior Orchestras, Ensembles or Groups.
These may include not more than two adult members, provided that they do not play leading roles.

13. Recorded Accompaniment.
The use of CD recordings, instead of an accompanist, to provide piano accompaniment for other instruments, is permitted, providing the recording is part of a professionally published musical edition. The means of playing such recordings must be supplied by the competitor.


Audience Rules

14. Photography/Videos/Mobile Phones

No unauthorised photography or video recording inside the performance area is allowed at our Festival, and all electronic devices (including mobile phones) MUST be switched off. Those failing to comply will be asked to leave the venue.
Where parents/guardians/carers do not wish photos to be taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child/pupil/vulnerable adult is not included in official authorised photos.


Certificate & Award Rules

15. Certificates
Music & Speech classes: All competitors will receive a certificate / adjudication sheet.

Marking will be divided into three categories:

90+   = Outstanding (O)
84-89 = Very good (V)
75-83 = Good (G)

The competitors’ marks in each class will be announced by the Adjudicator who will then present a trophy to the winner (providing they have achieved a V or O grade), and certificates to all candidates.

Dancing classes: Marking will be divided into 6 categories as specified by the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech for use at Dance Festivals:

90+ or OUTSTANDING - An exceptional performance, both technically and artistically.
87-89 or DISTINCTION - An excellent performance technically and artistically.
84-86 or COMMENDED - A convincing performance technically and artistically.
81-83 or MERIT - A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or communication.
75-77 or FAIR - A performance limited in its communication.


In addition to these grades a First Prize certificate is awarded to the competitor in each class who receives the highest mark. A Second Prize certificate is awarded to the competitor who received the second highest mark and a Third Prize certificate will be awarded to the competitor with the third highest mark. All other competitors will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Certificates / adjudication sheets will be available at the end of each session. If not collected, they will be sent by post on payment of £2.00.

16. Trophies
Recipients will be responsible for their safe custody and return, and for any new inscription thereon. Such inscriptions must not be made on the actual trophy, but upon a small plate/shield to be attached to the base. Joint winners of a single trophy must arrange privately for any share in engraving costs, and agree on transfer of the trophy during the year. Any damage must be reported to the Section Leader. Addresses for the return of trophies IN PERSON will be notified to winners on the day.

General Rules

17. Composition Classes

Deferred until further notice.

18. Dancing Classes

Competitors may only enter once in each class in Solo, Duet and Trio, and twice in Group classes.
Singing is only permitted in the following sections: Song and Dance Solos, Cabaret Duets, Cabaret Trio/Quartets and Song & Dance Groups.

Character or Demi-Character work to be based on Classical Ballet or Greek Technique. Music for dancing should be provided by the competitor on CD. Amplification is provided by the Committee.

The use of resin is strictly prohibited. Teachers or parents are not allowed beyond the stage doors.

19. Adjudicators

The Committee may appoint other adjudicators if the entries should warrant it or if an adjudicator engaged is unable to attend. Communication with adjudicators by teachers, competitors or other interested parties is prohibited. The Adjudicators' decisions shall be final. They shall have the power to withhold any award, and may stop any performance at their discretion.

20. Disputes
The decision of the Committee, upon all questions or disputes arising out of or not provided for in these rules, shall be final. The Committee reserves the right to qualify any rule or to make any other rules as occasion may arise.

Complaints, protests, or representation must be made in writing and addressed to one of the Secretaries, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.

21. Stiletto Heels
The wearing of stiletto heels on school premises is prohibited, by order of the West Sussex County Education Committee.


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