Singers' Platform Classes

Class 1: RECITAL
A recital of up to 20 minutes chosen from the following:

  • [A] An aria from a cantata, an opera or an oratorio of any period
  • [B] 1 or 2 songs, excluding (A), written before the 19th century
  • [C] 1 or 2 songs, excluding (A), written during the 19th century
  • [D] 1 or 2 art songs, excluding (A), written during the 20th or 21st centuries
  • [E] A song of the performer’s own choice of any period and style
  • [F] A song composed without accompaniment or an unaccompanied traditional folk song

All singers are asked choose a programme varied in style, mood and language from the list of categories with a time limit of 20 minutes. The choice need not contain repertoire from each category but must contain a song from category F. Any arias should be in the original language and key.

Class 2: Opera
All singers should prepare 2 arias, at least one with recitative, in 2 different languages and by different composers with a time limit of 13 minutes.

Class 3: Oratorio or Sacred Song
1 aria or song (excluding hymns and religious pop songs) in the original language and key, time limit 7 minutes.

Class 4: French Song
1 song in the original language, time limit 5 mins. An aria from an Opera or Oratorio is not appropriate for this class.

Class 5: Lieder
1 song in the original language, time limit 5 mins. An aria from an Opera or Oratorio is not appropriate for this class.

Class 6: British Song
1 song, not an aria from Opera or Oratorio, time limit 5 mins. The song should be in English and the composer from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Your choice can be from any period.

The entries in the Recital and Opera Classes will be programmed into sessions on Friday afternoon/evening; Saturday all day and evening (3 sessions) and Sunday morning and afternoon. In the event of an increase in entries, it may be necessary to use Friday morning as well and/or to restrict entry numbers if there is insufficient time, so early application is strongly advised. To help singers travelling a long distance, we will try to ensure that all the classes entered by a performer are programmed on the same day, though not necessarily in the same session.
The adjudicators will choose the best 5 performances from all the Recital and Opera classes for the Finals on Sunday evening and singers from Friday and Saturday sessions will be informed on Saturday evening at the latest.
In the French Song, Lieder, British Song and Oratorio Classes, winners from Saturday sessions will be chosen at the end of each class and will return to compete with winners from these classes from the Sunday sessions in the Finals on Sunday evening. A travel bursary of £50 will be awarded to all Friday and Saturday finalists to help with the cost of returning on Sunday. Multiple class winners will receive 1 bursary only.

Finals Recital Class finalists will choose a shorter programme from their full Recital, varied in style, mood and language, with a time limit of 12 minutes.
Opera Class finalists will choose 1 recitative and aria from their preliminary programme with a time limit of 7 minutes.
Finalists from the French Song, Lieder, British Song and Oratorio Classes will sing their winning song again.

Song choices: A performer must NOT sing the same song in more than one class.
Programme changes will only be permitted after 1 January in exceptional circumstances.

Order of classes: Once the Entry Forms have been received, the order in which classes will take place will be determined and everyone will be duly informed.