Festival Weekend Rules and Information

Eligibility to the Festival Weekend and to the appropriate classes will be determined by the performer’s age on 1 February 2019. Performers will receive further and more specific details of the timetable, procedures etc., after the final date of the receipt of the Entry Form. Performers in the Singers’ Platform are not eligible to enter this part of the Festival, and any 1st study singer aged 19-28 studying at conservatoire or university will only be eligible for the Singers’ Platform section of the Festival. The winner only of a class in 2018 may not enter the same class in 2019 unless s/he has moved into the next age category.p>

Amateur status - the Festival is for amateur performers only and professionals are not eligible to enter. A professional is considered to be one who derives the major part of his/her livelihood from singing performance.

All adjudicators are appointed by The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir.

All awards are made at the discretion of the adjudicator whose decisions are final. It is expected that the prize money will be used to further the musical development of the prize winner.

Photographs, Recording Equipment and Mobile Phones - Due to copyright law and the Festival’s safeguarding policy, members of the audience, as well as performers and their supporters, are not allowed to take photographs or make audio or video recording at the Festival. Therefore, the use of any kind of camera, recording equipment, mobile telephone or other computerised device is strictly forbidden. However, the Festival may appoint a designated, authorised photographer for publicity purposes to promote the work and ethos of the Festival and for the benefit of the performers. Performers should indicate on the Entry Form a) if they or their supporters have any objection to being included in any of the photographs taken by the official photographer and b) if they give permission for any photographs taken to be used for publicity purposes, etc., without further consultation from the Festival.

Song Choices - A performer must NOT sing the same piece in more than one class.

An official accompanist Should you require the services of the official accompanist, unfolded, legible copies MUST be sent to the official accompanist in an A4 sized envelope by 24 November 2018. It will require a large letter stamp. Please do NOT send music for the official accompanist with the Entry Form or with any other correspondence. NB: original copies are required by the adjudicator on the day.

All Entry Forms, fees Song Choices and copies of MUSIC for the official accompanist for all classes and an A5 stamped addressed envelope MUST be received by 24 November 20187, otherwise entry may not be accepted.

A Child/Vulnerable-Adult policy is available and a copy of this document will be sent to all applicants.

Trophies - All performers accepting trophies will be deemed to have given an undertaking for their safe custody in being asked to sign a form of receipt for each trophy gained, before taking their trophies away. The trophies are held by the winners until the following November when they should be returned in readiness for the next Festival. All trophies are the property of the Festival and must not be taken out of the country. Lost trophies must be replaced and the replacement of a lost trophy, or the cost of repair of damage to a trophy, will be the responsibility of the current holder. It is felt reasonable to assume that trophy winners will make adequate provision for insuring the trophies while in their possession.

Key Dates

24 November 2018 Last date for the receipt of the Entry Form, fees, stamped addressed envelope and copies of music for the accompanists. These should be sent to: The Entries Secretary, DCFS, 29 Kerwin Drive, Sheffield S17 3DG.

1 February 2019 Afternoon and evening classes at Dore and Totley United Reformed Church, Totley Brook Road, Sheffield S17 3QS.

2 Febrary 2019 Morning, afternoon and evening classes at Dore and Totley United Reformed Church, Totley Brook Road, Sheffield S17 3QS.

3 February 2019 Morning and afternoon classes, Festival Finals Evening: Recital Finals, Non-Recital Final and, Adjudications and Presentations at Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU.

We look forward to meeting, welcoming and hearing all the performers and wish you a happy, enjoyable and successful time at the Festival.