The Portsmouth Music Festival Marking System
 
The British and International Federation of Festivals has standardised the marking system used by festivals all over the UK. The categories below apply to all the PMF's Music sections, while the Speech & Drama and Dance sections will continue to award marks.
CATEGORYMARKDESCRIPTION
FAIR75-77A performance limited in its communication
PROMISING78-80A performance showing development of technique and/or communication
MERIT81-83A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability
HIGHLY COMMENDED84-86A convincing performance technically and artistically
DISTINCTION87-89An excellent performance technically and artistically
HONOURS90+An exceptional performance both technically and artistically

 
Cups and trophies will be awarded in this Festival for Highly Commended (84 marks) and above.