Beginners Platform

The Beginners Platform planned for Saturday 9 July 2022 has been postponed.

All current applicants will be advised and informed about a future date when this has been arranged. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will continue to keep singing.

Showcase Concert

Saturday 9 July | 7.30pm | St Andrew's Church, Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL

Festival Winners from 2022 in concert with the City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir. Tickets: £10 adult. £5 under 18s available at the door by cash / card.

Festival Weekend Classes

RECITAL CLASSES

  Age on 4 February 2022 Time-limit Number of songs
Class 7 - Junior Recital 12 - 15 years 10 mins 3 songs only
Class 8 - Intermediate Recital 16 - 18 years 12 mins 3 or 4 songs only
Class 9 - Open Recital 19 years and over 15 mins 3 or 4 songs only

Performers should choose a balanced and varied programme of 3 or 4 songs, chosen from Groups A to E below, one of which must be from Group E. Each song should come from a different group-letter.
Group A: an aria from a cantata, an opera, or an oratorio of any period
Group B: a song (excluding Group A) written before the 19th century
Group C: a song (excluding Group A) written during the 19th century
Group D: an art song (excluding Group A) written during the 20th or 21st century
Group E: an unaccompanied folksong or an unaccompanied traditional song
NB Repertoire from musicals, music theatre and musical films is NOT appropriate in a Recital Class.

At no stage in the Festival should a Recital programme contain BOTH an accompanied folk or traditional song arrangement AND an unaccompanied folk or traditional song.

In Class 7: Junior Recital - the programme should consist of 3 songs only.
In Classes 8 and 9: Intermediate and Open Recitals - the programmes may consist of 3 or 4 songs.

Time Limits: All recitals must adhere to the time limits. The time limit is for the whole performance including short verbal introductions. Any re-starts which are the fault of the singer are included in the performance time limit. Any re-starts which are not the fault of the singer will not be included in the performance time limit. Should a performer exceed the time limit, an adjudication will be given, but the Festival reserves the right to withhold a placing.

Placings: The adjudicator will choose two performers in each Recital Class who will become the winner and runner-up. These placings will be decided, and the awards presented, on the evening of Sunday 6 February 2022, when each performer will repeat two songs of their own choice from their original programme. These two songs may, or may not, include the unaccompanied folk or traditional song.

NON-RECITAL CLASSES

On the evening of Sunday 6 February 2022, the winner of each Non-Recital class (classes 10-26) will sing the winning song of each class again in competition for The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir Silver Salver and Prize which is awarded to the most outstanding performance. Should an individual win more than one Non-Recital class, he or she should choose only one winning song to perform.

Time Limits in all classes except where otherwise stated is 4 minutes.

Song choices: A performer must NOT sing the same song in more than one class.

Class 10: Vocal Solo (age 9-11) | One song chosen from the following *:
Little Spanish Town (Peter Jenkyns, published Novello NOV160071)*
Twilight (Aubrey Beswick, from Pick ‘n’ Choose, published Universal UE 16393)*
Something Spooky (Lin Marsh, from Spooky Songs, published Faber Music)*
Class 11: Vocal Solo: Songs from the Shows (age 9-12) | One song chosen from the following *:
I’d do anything (Oliver, Bart, from ABRSM Songbook Plus Grade 2)*
One hand, one heart (West Side Story, Bernstein, from ABRSM Songbook Plus Grade 4)*
The Bare Necessities (Jungle Book, Gilkyson from Singing Time Grade 3, published Bosworth or Stage & Screen – The Black Book, published Wise AM92249)*
* Other editions may be used, but copies of other editions must be available for the official accompanist and the adjudicator.
Class 12: British Song (age 12-15) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 13: British Song (age 16-18) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 14: British Song (age 19 and over) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 15: Oratorio or Sacred Song (age 16-18) ** - one song or aria in any language and in the original key - excluding hymns and religious pop songs
Class 16: Oratorio or Sacred Song (age 19 and over) ** - one song or aria in any language and in the original key - excluding hymns and religious pop songs
Class 17: Opera and Light Opera (age 16-18) ** - own choice of an aria from an opera of any period or a song from Gilbert and Sullivan or any operetta composed before 1920
Class 18: Opera and Light Opera (age 19 and over) ** - own choice of an aria from an opera of any period or a song from Gilbert and Sullivan or any operetta composed before 1920. Your choice should be sung in the original language and key
** In Classes 15 - 18, there is a performance time limit of 7 minutes to include any instrumental introduction, preliminary recitative, da capo, coda and any brief verbal introduction.
Class 19: French or German Song (age 15 and under) - one song to be sung in English or the original language
Class 20: French Song (16 and over) - one song to be sung in the original language
Class 21: Lied (age 16 and over) - one song to be sung in the original language
Class 22: World Songs (any age) - one song not in English but sung in the original language from any country except British Isles, France or Germany excluding arias from operas or oratorios
Class 23: A song with words by Shakespeare of any style or period (any age)
Class 24: A humorous or sad song (any age)
Class 25A: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals - pre 1960 (age 12-15)***
Class 25B: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals - post 1960 (age 12-15)***
Class 26A: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals – pre 1960 (age 16-18)***
Class 26B: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals – post 1960 (age 16-18)***
Class 27A: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals – pre 1960 (age 19 and over)***
Class 27B: Songs from the Shows, Films and Musicals – post 1960 (age 19 and over)***
*** Songs from the Shows may come from musicals, music theatre, films and operettas, but not from operas, and they should be performed as a concert item, i.e. without costume, movement (although gesture is permitted), recorded accompaniment or the use of a microphone.
Class 28: English Words and Song - One song, time limit 5 minutes. The performer should recite the text from memory and then sing the song. The adjudicator will judge both the speaking and the singing and will be listening for clarity of communication with understanding and imagination. The words must not be a translation from another language, but the composer need not be English. The winner will be invited to perform again on the evening of Sunday 6 February 2022 when they will receive their award but will not be eligible for The City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir Silver Salver.
Class 29A: Ensemble Class (15 years and under) Up to 6 singers: one piece, time limit 4 minutes. The winner may be invited to perform again on the evening of Sunday 6 February 2022, but will not be eligible for The City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir Silver Salver.
Class 29B: Ensemble Class (any age) Up to 6 singers: one piece, time limit 4 minutes. The winner may be invited to perform again on the evening of Sunday 6 February 2022, but will not be eligible for The City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir Silver Salver.

All singers in Ensemble Class 29A will be 15 years and under, but singers in Ensemble Class 29B can be of any age. The Paul M Green Trophy and Award, presented by the Dore Male Voice Choir, will be given to the best winning ensemble from both classes to be chosen by the adjudicator at the Sunday evening Finals but will not be eligible for The City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir Silver Salver.

Order of classes: Once the Entry Forms have been received, the order in which classes will take place will be determined. See timetable below. Programme changes will only be allowed after 1 January in exceptional circumstances.
Festival Weekend Timetable