In light of the ever-changing situation regarding Covid-19, the Festival Committee have decided (in the best interest of our competitors, staff and volunteers) to cancel the 2021 Festival.

We have begun to plan for the 2022 Festival and look forward to welcoming you then.
Further information will be posted here.

Singers' Platform Rules and Information

Preparation for the Singers' Platform

  • It is requested that singers dress appropriately for the occasion
  • An official accompanist will be available throughout the Festival but performers may bring their own accompanist if they wish
  • Please adhere to all the required deadlines as detailed

Time limits: All performances must adhere to the time limits including 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 and the adjudicators reserve the right to stop a performance that is excessively over time. N.B. Take great care with your timing! A number of singers in past years have not reached the Finals because their choices exceeded the time limits.

Entry Fees
Classes 1 and 2 - £30 each
Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 - £15 each

Singers' Platform Awards
Further details

Entry Form – All entry forms, fees and music for the official accompanist/s, together with an A5 sized stamped addressed envelope, MUST be received by Saturday 23 November 2019 or the entry may not be accepted. It will be necessary to have your parcel containing music weighed to avoid underpayment of postage. Please write your song choices very clearly and in the order of performance giving the title, work and composer. Once the entry forms have been received, the order in which the classes will take place will be determined and everyone informed.p>

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.

Contact at the time of the Singers' Platform – the Singers’ Platform may be contacted on 07836 474972 or 07762 631613

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.

Music for the official accompanist must be unfolded and legible, and sent with the entry form as above. 1 original and 2 further copies are required for the adjudicators on the day.
The official accompanists are Tim Kennedy and Catherine Hall-Smith..

Key Dates

23 November 2019 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.

24 January 2020 Afternoon and evening at St. Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. First Recital and Opera session.

25 January 2020 Morning, afternoon and evening at St. Andrew’s Church. Recital and Opera sessions. First sessions of Oratorio or Sacred Song, French Song, Lieder and British Song Classes.

26 January 2020 At Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU, morning and afternoon: Recital and Opera session, Second sessions of Oratorio or Sacred Song, French Song, Lieder and British Song Classes.
Evening: Finals of Recital and Opera Classes and performances by winners of Oratorio or Sacred Song, French Song, Lieder and British Song Class sessions. Presentation of Awards.

In the event of an increase in entries, it may be necessary to hold sessions on Friday morning.

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