Brass

All entries for the 2020 festival are now closed.

Please come back at the beginning of September to enter for 2021!

Adjudicator: Chris King BMus(Hons) MBA LRSM ATCL

Closing date for entries: 15th November 2019

Venue: Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, PO7 5UD.

Dates: Saturday 29th February 2020 and Sunday 1st March 2020

Repertoire for bands (Br63 and above) required by 11th January, all other classes by 15th November with entry.

We are delighted to welcome Chris King to adjudicate the 2020 Portsmouth Music Festival brass section. Having started playing cornet at school and for local brass bands in Lincolnshire, Chris started his musical training at the Army Junior School of Music, Pirbright. Graduating with the Musician of the Year award he went on to win the prestigious Frank Wright Silver Medal as a pupil at Kneller Hall, Twickenham in the annual cornet soloist competition.

Chris served as a cornet player in the Royal Artillery Band at Woolwich, and after active service in the first Gulf War he returned to Kneller Hall to complete his Bandmaster’s Course gaining a first-class honours Degree in Music. His next posting as Bandmaster with the Minden Band of the Queen’s Division saw him touring Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq and several other great tourist destinations!

Returning to the UK in 2006 Chris began his relationship with the Friary Guildford Brass Band as Musical Director. Through his leadership the band’s performances at national level contests has resulted in qualification for the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall for the last seven years.

Chris has also conducted and adjudicated at several prestigious competitions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and finished his time in the Army as Bandmaster of the Band of the Grenadier Guards. Chris currently works as a school Bursar in West London where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

The following trophies will be presented by Chris on behalf of the Portsmouth Music Festival Brass Section:

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Award will be presented for the best communicated performance (ages 13 to 18 years) in this section.

The Woods Trophy will be presented for the most promising performance (ages 12 & under) in this section.

The Denegri Cup will be presented at the adjudicator’s discretion for the most inspiring teacher or performer in this section.

The Maurice André Trophy will be presented to the performer with the all-round best tone in this section.

Important guidance notes for entries:

a) Please ensure that all sections of the entry form are completed and include details of the repertoire to be performed.

b) Details of performance dates, times and venue will be sent by email.

c) Teachers or parents are welcome to assist with tuning, up to and including Grade 6 (if graded category) or Age 14 (if age category).

d) A CD player will be provided for soloists who wish to use a backing track.

e) Where a class is described as “Unaccompanied”, the music played must have been written or arranged to be played unaccompanied.

f) Where a class is described as “Any other musical style” the music played could be Jazz, Pop, Film, Folk etc.

g) You may enter as many classes for each grade classification as you wish, but can enter each class ONCE

2020 Programme

2020 programme of events. To be dispatched after print run.

£5.00


Adult Only Classes

Own choice of one piece or two contrasting pieces, to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track.


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Br24Adult Only Classes - Grades 1-2 £7.00
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Br25Adult Only Classes - Grades 3-4 £9.50
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Br26Adult Only Classes - Grades 5-6 £9.50
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Br27Adult Only Classes - Grades 7-8 £9.50
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Br28Adult Only Classes - Diploma £11.50

Anything Goes Ensembles (5-30)

Any combination of instruments; need not contain brass players. Percussion may be included, but please bring your own instruments. The ensemble may be conducted. Own choice of pieces. Please state the approximate number of performers on your entry form.


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Br62Anything Goes Ensembles - Younger Bands £21.00
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Br63Anything Goes Ensembles - Youth Bands £21.00
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Br64Anything Goes Ensembles - Mixed Ages £21.00

Brass Bands

Your band will need to be registered by the Brass Band Players Registry on the 1st January 2020. You will NOT be required to show your players’ registration cards. These classes are an opportunity for your band to play your AREA TEST PIECE ONLY in a competitive environment, in the lead up to the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.


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Br65Brass Bands - Youth Section Bands £21.00
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Br66Brass Bands - 4th Section Bands £21.00
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Br67Brass Bands - 3rd Section Bands £21.00
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Br68Brass Bands - 2nd Section Bands £21.00
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Br69Brass Bands - 1st Section Bands £21.00
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Br70Brass Bands - Championship Section Bands £21.00

Concerto

Own choice of any number of contrasting movements from the same concerto. To be performed with piano accompaniment. Time limits include any introduction and pauses between movements, but exclude initial tuning up.


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Br36Concerto - Grades 5-6 £11.50
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Br37Concerto - Grades 7-8 £11.50
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Br38Concerto - Diploma £13.00
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Br39Concerto - Open £19.00

Diploma Solo

Own choice of one piece or two contrasting pieces (contrasting in mood and speed), to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br16Diploma Solo - Classical music, any period £11.50
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Br17Diploma Solo - Any other musical style £11.50
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Br18Diploma Solo - Unaccompanied £11.50

Duets

For Brass and any other instrument. Own choice piece(s) with or without accompaniment. Any unaccompanied piece(s) must have been written to be played unaccompanied.


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Br40Duet - Grades 1-2 £7.00
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Br41Duet - Grades 3-4 £9.50
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Br42Duet - Grades 5-6 £9.50
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Br43Duet - Grades 7-8 £9.50
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Br44Duet - Diploma £11.50
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Br45Duet - Open £11.50

Examination Music Solo

Own choice of ONE piece or movement chosen from any current Examining Board syllabus. Please state the exact time on the entry form. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br19Examination Music Solo - Grades 1-2 £7.00
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Br20Examination Music Solo - Grades 3-4 £9.50
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Br21Examination Music Solo - Grades 5-6 £9.50
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Br22Examination Music Solo - Grades 7-8 £9.50
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Br23Examination Music Solo - Diploma £11.50

Grades 1-2 Solo

Own choice of ONE piece, to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br4Grades 1-2 Solo - Classical music, any period £7.00
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Br5Grades 1-2 Solo - Any other musical style £7.00
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Br6Grades 1-2 Solo - Unacccompanied £7.00

Grades 3-4 Solo

Own choice of ONE piece, to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br7Grades 3-4 Solo - Classical music, any period £9.50
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Br8Grades 3-4 Solo - Any other musical style £9.50
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Br9Grades 3-4 Solo - Unaccompanied £9.50

Grades 5-6 Solo

Own choice of ONE piece, to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br10Grades 5-6 Solo - Classical music, any period £9.50
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Br11Grades 5-6 Solo - Any other musical style £9.50
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Br12Grades 5-6 Solo - Unaccompanied £9.50

Grades 7-8 Solo

Own choice of ONE piece, to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br13Grades 7-8 Solo - Classical music, any period £9.50
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Br14Grades 7-8 Solo - Any other musical style £9.50
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Br15Grades 7-8 Solo - Unaccompanied £9.50

Large Ensembles

Any combination of instruments but predominately brass. Percussion may be included, but please bring your own instruments. The ensemble may be conducted. Own choice of pieces. Please state the approximate number of performers on your entry form.


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Br58Large Ensembles - 12 years and under £21.00
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Br59Large Ensembles - 13 - 16 years £21.00
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Br60Large Ensembles - 16 - 18 years £21.00
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Br61Large Ensembles - Mixed ages £21.00

Mixed Bag Solo

These classes are intended to prepare performers who may wish to undertake a recital at a later stage in their development. Own choice of two or three pieces, including pieces written with or without accompaniment. Accompaniments can be played on the piano or supplied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults. Time limits include any introductions and pauses between pieces, but exclude initial tuning up.


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Br30Mixed Bag Solo - Grades 1-2 £9.50
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Br31Mixed Bag Solo - Grades 3-4 £11.50
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Br32Mixed Bag Solo - Grades 5-6 £13.00

Non Competitive Class Solo

Performers will have the opportunity to play in front of a friendly audience and be given helpful feedback without the pressure of any sense of competition. It’s a great way to enjoy your music and show others just how much you can do! You can play any piece of music, at any level, whatever age or ability you are. Great for those who aren’t taking grades. Own choice of one piece or two contrasting pieces (contrasting in mood and speed), to be performed with piano accompaniment or accompanied by a backing track. Open to all ages, including adults.


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Br29Non Competitive Class Solo - Open £9.50

Novice Solo

Own choice of one or two pieces in any style, with or without piano accompaniment. Timings must include any introductions and pauses in between pieces (but do not include initial tuning up). Novices are considered to be players who have not been learning their first brass instrument for more than 18 months by 1st January 2020.


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Br1Novice Solo - 12 years and younger £7.00
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Br2Novice Solo - 13 - 18 years £7.00
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Br3Novice Solo - Adult £7.00

Other Bands


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Br71Other Bands - Younger Bands £21.00
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Br72Other Bands - Youth Bands £21.00
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Br73Other Bands - Mixed Ages £21.00

Pupil and Teacher (Adult) Duet

For any two brass instruments. Own choice of one piece with or without accompaniment. Only pupils are adjudicated. Entry fee as for pupil only.



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Br46Pupil and Teacher Duet - Grades 1-2 £7.00
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Br47Pupil and Teacher Duet - Grades 3-4 £7.00
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Br48Pupil and Teacher Duet - Grades 5-6 £9.50
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Br49Pupil and Teacher Duet - Grades 7-8 £9.50

Recital

Own choice of pieces to be performed with piano accompaniment but can include one piece without accompaniment if specifically written as an unaccompanied piece. Try to be as innovative as you can. Time limits include any introductions and pauses between pieces, but exclude initial tuning up.


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Br33Recital - Grades 7-8 £19.00
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Br34Recital - Diploma £19.00
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Br35Recital - Open £19.00

Small Ensembles

Any combination of instruments, but must include at least TWO brass players. Percussion may be included, but please bring your own instruments. The ensemble may be conducted. Own choice of pieces. Please state the approximate number of performers on your entry form.


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Br54Small Ensembles - 12 years and under £21.00
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Br55Small Ensembles - 13 - 16 years £21.00
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Br56Small Ensembles - 16 - 18 years £21.00
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Br57Small Ensembles - Mixed ages £21.00

Trios and Quartets

Any combination of instruments, but must include at least TWO brass players. Percussion may be included, but please bring your own instruments. Own choice piece(s) with or without accompaniment. Any unaccompanied piece(s) must have been written to be played unaccompanied. Please state the number of performers on your entry form.


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Br50Trios and Quartets - 12 years and under £9.50
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Br51Trios and Quartets - 13 - 16 years £9.50
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Br52Trios and Quartets - 16 - 18 years £9.50
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Br53Trios and Quartets - Mixed ages £11.50