Piano

djudicator: James Kirby GRSM (Hons), LRSM, ARAMClosing date for entries: 14th November 2021
Venue: Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, PO7 5UD * Please send entries to:  Carol Frogley
Dates: 21st -23rd February 202234 Woodlands Avenue, Emsworth, PO10 7QE
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For nearly three decades James Kirby has been active as a solo pianist, chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator and ABRSM examiner.

Piano teaching has become one of the most important aspects of his musical life and he currently holds three posts: at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Royal Holloway, University of London and Eton College.  He has a private teaching practice at his home in London, where he has a beautiful studio and two Steinway Grand Pianos.

He has huge experience teaching children and adults from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond.  Every student is unique in character and personality and will progress at a different pace and he enjoys tailoring his teaching to suit each person’s capability.  A considerable number of his advanced students have graduated from Conservatoires and Universities and have established successful careers as performers and teachers.  However there is nothing as important as a good start and he loves teaching these important initial stages just as much as the advanced ones.

As an ABRSM examiner, he provides valuable insight into preparation for these exams.  For many years he recorded the ABRSM demonstration CD of the Grade 1-3 piano pieces.  He also encourages and supports his students to take part in local Music Festivals, should they so wish.

As a soloist and chamber musician, James performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe.  His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in many countries.  He has been a member of the Barbican Piano Trio since 1992, performing regularly at Wigmore Hall and in major UK festivals and concert series, and throughout Europe and the USA.  He has served on the Juries of several international Piano competitions and gives many masterclasses, both in the UK and overseas, and most recently in China and Hong Kong.  He is in considerable demand as an adjudicator and is a member of the ABRSM examining panel, which has taken him to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Indonesia and many European countries.

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DUET CLASSES


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P559 years and under £7.00
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P5612 years and under £7.00
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P5715 years and under £9.50
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P5818 years and under £9.50
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P599 years and under with adult or teacher £7.00
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P6010-12 years and under with adult or teacher £7.00
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P6113-15 years and under with adult or teacher £9.50
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P6216-18 years and under with adult or teacher £9.50

ENSEMBLE CLASS

A group of three or four players, any combination of orchestral/school instruments TO INCLUDE A PIANIST. Please state the title and length of the chosen music on the entry form.


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P65A group 11 years and under £9.50
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P66A group 16 years and under £9.50
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P67A group 18 years and under £9.50
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P68Players of any age. £9.50

FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENSEMBLE

These classes are open to any age but performers must be members of the same family or friends.


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P63Duet £9.50
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P64Trio £9.50

SIGHT READING

Entrants may take part in one of these classes. Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes.


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P49Grade 1-2 (FREE if entering ONE other class) £7.00
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P50Grade 3-5 (FREE if entering TWO other classes) £9.50
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P51Grades 6-8+(FREE if entering TWO other classes) £9.50

SIGHT READING DUET CLASS FOR FUN

Entrants may take part on only ONE of these classes. Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes.


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P52Grades 1-2 (FREE if entering ONE other class) £7.00
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P53Grades 3-4 (FREE if entering TWO other classes) £9.50
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P54Grades 5-6 (FREE if entering TWO other classes) £9.50

20th & 21st CENTURY


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P19Pre-grade pieces £7.00
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P20Grade 1 pieces £7.00
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P21Grades 2-3 pieces £7.00
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P22Grades 4-5 pieces £9.50
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P23Grades 6-7 pieces £9.50
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P24Grades 8-8+ pieces £9.50

ACCOMPANIMENT CLASS


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P4216 years and under £9.50
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P4318 years & under £9.50

ADULT CLASSES – 19 Years and over

Please note that amateur status applies to entrants without musical qualifications, and who do not work as a performer or teacher in a professional (paid) capacity.


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P69Novice. A novice is a performer who has not been learning the piano for more than 18 months on 1st January in the current Festival year. £7.00
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P70Amateur: Grades 1-5 £9.50
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P71Amateur: Grades 6-8 £9.50
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P72Senior Citizen.  Music written before 1900. £9.50
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P73Senior Citizen.  Music written after 1900. £9.50
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P74Sonata Class – Open. Any complete sonata written between 1750 and 1950.  (Please state exact time on the entry form) £19.00
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P75Baroque – Open.  Any one or more pieces. £9.50
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P76Classical – Open.  Any one or more pieces. £9.50
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P77Romantic and Impressionist – Open.  Any one piece. £9.50
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P7820th & 21st Century – Open.  Music written after 1920. £9.50
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P79

Swing, Jazz and Blues – Open.  Own choice of one or more pieces.

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P80Recital - Amateur.  A group of contrasting pieces. £19.00
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P81Recital - Open.  A group of contrasting pieces. £19.00
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P82Sight Reading - Amateur (Free if entering TWO other classes) Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes. £9.50
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P83Sight Reading - Open (Free if entering TWO other classes) Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes. £9.50
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P84Sight Reading Duet for fun  (Free if entering TWO other classes) Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes. £9.50
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P85Prepared Accompaniment - Open.  An opportunity to have your accompaniment skills adjudicated.  Bring a friend or relative with an instrument (e.g. recorder, oboe, double bass, tuba, singer etc.) and play ONE prepared piece.  Own choice.  Please state title, composer and the time of the chosen music on the entry form. £9.50
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P86Prepared Accompaniment - Amateur An opportunity to have your accompaniment skills adjudicated.  Bring a friend or relative with an instrument (e.g. recorder, oboe, double bass, tuba, singer etc.) and play ONE prepared piece.  Own choice.  Please state title, composer and the time of the chosen music on the entry form. £9.50
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P87Piano Plus - Open - An opportunity to demonstrate your skills as an instrumentalist.  Perform one piece on the piano and another on any other instrument (e.g. saxophone, violin, trombone or voice) with or without an accompaniment.  Own choice.  Please state the second instrument, the titles, composers and the total time of the chosen music on the entry form. £9.50
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P88Piano Plus - Amateur - An opportunity to demonstrate your skills as an instrumentalist.  Perform one piece on the piano and another on any other instrument (e.g. saxophone, violin, trombone or voice) with or without an accompaniment.  Own choice.  Please state the second instrument, the titles, composers and the total time of the chosen music on the entry form. £9.50
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P89Open.  Open choice of music from film, TV or musical for piano. £9.50
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P90Duet - Amateur £9.50
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P91Duet - Open £9.50
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P92Duet - Senior Citizen £9.50
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P93Ensemble Class -Open - A group of up to FOUR players with any combination of instruments TO INCLUDE A PIANIST (e.g. string trio, wind players etc.) any style. £9.50

BAROQUE


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P59 years & under £7.00
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P610-12 years £7.00
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P713-15 years £9.50
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P816-18 years £9.50

CLASSICAL


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P09(P9)Pre-grade pieces £7.00
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P10Grade 1 pieces £7.00
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P11Grades 2-3 pieces £7.00
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P12Grades 4-5 pieces £9.50
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P13Grades 6-7 pieces £9.50
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P14Grades 8-8+ pieces £9.50

ETUDE CLASS

To show improvement in piano technique. See the syllabus for full details and set repertoire.


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P33Grades 1-3 £7.00
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P34Grades 4-5 £7.00
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P35Grades 6-7 £7.00
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P36Grade 8 to Diploma £9.50

FILM MUSIC & MUSIC FROM MUSICALS

Own choice of music from film, TV, musical or popular music arranged for piano.


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P4416 years and under £9.50
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P4518 years and under £9.50

GRADED EXAMINATION CLASS – NON-COMPETITIVE

For adjudication only: an opportunity for you to play any one piece for your next examination to be taken in Spring or Summer of the current Festival year. (From any current examination syllabus: ABRSM, Trinity College, Guildhall, etc.)


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P32For adjudication only £9.50

JAZZ – from the ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus specifically

Any one piece with improvisation.


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P31Grades 1-5 £9.50

NOVICE CLASSES

A novice is a performer who has not been learning the piano for more than 18 months on 1st January in the current Festival year.


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P17 years & under £7.00
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P28-9 years £7.00
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P310-12 years £7.00
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P413-18 years £7.00

PIANO PLUS

An opportunity to show your versatility as an instrumentalist. Perform one piece on the piano and another on any other instrument (e.g. recorder, clarinet, cello, trumpet, voice etc.) with or without an accompaniment. Own choice, any age under 18. Please state the second instrument, titles, composers and total time of the chosen music on the entry form.


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P40Under 15 years £9.50
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P41under 18 years £9.50

RECITAL CLASS

A group of contrasting pieces. N.B. Performers will be assessed on their choice of programme, dress and presentation as well as their performance and are encouraged to play one piece from memory. They should introduce their programme to the audience. Introductions are included in the time limit. Please note: Music chosen should be appropriate to grades specified.


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P46Grades 3-5 £9.50
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P47Grades 6-7 £11.50
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P48Grade 8 & Diploma £13.00

ROMANTIC


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P159 years & under £7.00
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P1610-12 years £9.50
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P1713-15 years £9.50
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P1816-18 years £9.50

SONATA and SONATINA CLASS

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P37Under 13 years.  Any ONE movement of a sonata or sonatina. £9.50
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P38Under 16 years. TWO contrasting movements of a sonata or sonatina. £9.50
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P39Under 18 years.  TWO or THREE movements of a sonata. £13.00

SWING, JAZZ and BLUES


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P257 years & under £7.00
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P268-9 years £7.00
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P2710-11 years £7.00
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P2812-13 years £9.50
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P2914-15 years £9.50
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P3016-18 years £9.50