Marking System

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.

CATEGORY or MARK   DESCRIPTION
FAIR or 75-77 A performance limited in its communication  
PROMISING or 78-80 A performance showing development of technique and/or communication  
MERIT or 81-83 A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability  
HIGHLY COMMENDED or 84-86 A convincing performance technically and artistically  
DISTINCTION or 87-89 An excellent performance technically and artistically  
HONOURS or 90+ An exceptional performance both technically and artistically  

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