Strings

Adjudicator: Roy RobinsonClosing date for entries: 17th November 2023
Venue: Menuhin Room, Portsmouth Central Library,
PO1 2DX
* Please send entries/titles to: Catherine Ward
Dates: 17th February 20247 Dunbar Place, Dunbar Road, Milton, PO4 8HQ
strings@portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk
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Roy Robinson trained as a performer at the Royal College of Music and was a major prize winner: the Leslie Alexander – the highest award available on the viola. He was a dual first study viola pupil of Frederick Riddle and piano pupil of Angus Morrison. He holds a complete suite of performing and teaching diplomas on his first instruments, plus a performing diploma on violin, and an MA in music. He also has a background as an organist and vast experience as a choir trainer and conductor.
Roy has spent most of his career combining teaching, performing, examining and adjudicating. He has taught academic music to A Level, his instruments to diploma level and the violin to RAM Exhibitioners. He has coached numerous orchestral and singing courses and festivals for children and has conducted many adult choral societies performances. He has arranged and composed countless pieces for choirs and instrumental combinations, and has several of his works published. Following appointments in various public schools, mostly as Director of Music, he is now enjoying a return to freelance life.
He has extensive experience as a performer, in orchestras and ensembles, and as accompanist and recitalist. He is a busy ABRSM grade, diploma and jazz examiner and has worked all over the world, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, South Africa, Namibia, USA, Bermuda, China and Germany (examining in German). He is the viola consultant for ABRSM, selector of the present viola syllabus, and has presented teacher meetings/training abroad.
As an adjudicator member of the British Federation of Music Festivals, Roy is it on demand at some of the U.K.’s largest music festivals. He not only enjoys adjudicating his specialist areas, but also the complete range of classes as a generalist. He is also very happy to adjudicate online festivals.
Away from music, he can often be found looking after or driving one of his classic cars.

PLEASE NOTE: in classes St1, St2, St6, St9 and St10 only, the title and composer of the piece to be played must be specified but may be changed up to 7th January 2024.  After that date any changes will be adjudicated only.  In all other classes pieces must be specified at the time of entry and may not be changed.

In addition for all orchestral classes:

  1. You are asked to state on your entry form the number of players in your orchestra, the name of your Musical Director and whether the instruments played are strings only or mixed.
  2. Orchestras entering the youth section must only include players aged 18 years and under on 1st September of the current academic year.
  3. If enough orchestras enter in the same category, the class will be divided.

The Gordon Cawthorne Memorial Trophy will be presented to
the performer aged 14 years and under who makes the greatest impression on the adjudicator.

The Portsmouth Chorus Challenge Cup will be presented for the best performance by
a performer aged between 15 and 21 years in any class.

The Wendy Towell Cup will be presented to the most promising intermediate level cellist.

Please see the full rules and regulations here.

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ACCOMPANIED DUETS

Own choice of one or two pieces. Any combination of string instruments.


St36 - Grade 1-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St36Grade 1-5 £12.10

St37 - Grade 6-8

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St37Grade 6-8 £12.10


ADULT DUO CLASS

For string instrument and piano. Own choice of one piece or movement. Both players to be named on the entry form as both will be adjudicated.


St39 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St39Open £12.10


ADULT ORCHESTRA

All players to be aged 18 years and over on 1st September 2022 and no longer in full-time, non-advanced education.


St53 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St53Open £31.50


ADULT RECITAL

Own choice of a group of two or three contrasting pieces. Performers will be adjudicated on their programme choice, dress and presentation, as well as their performance, and are encouraged to play at least one piece from memory.


St42 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St42Open £20.00


ADULT SOLO CLASS

Own choice.


St41 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St41Open £12.10


ADULT SONATA

Own choice of one or two contrasting movements.


St40 - Open.  

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St40Open.   £20.00


CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Own choice of one piece or movement. Any combination of instruments, including a string instrument. At least three players, each playing a separate part. Please state the number of players (and names if known) on your entry form.


St45 - Grade 1-5, up to 4 players

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St45Grade 1-5, up to 4 players £12.10

St46 - Grade 1-5, 5 or more players

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St46Grade 1-5, 5 or more players £22.10

St47 - Grade 6-8, up to 4 players.

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St47Grade 6-8, up to 4 players. £13.70

St48 - Grade 6-8, 5 or more players.

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St48Grade 6-8, 5 or more players. £22.10


CLASS-TAUGHT ENSEMBLE

For performers who have been learning together as a class, all playing the same instrument or a mixture of instruments. Music may be a single melody line or in parts; any number of pieces may be played within the time limit. A piano accompaniment or a backing track may be added if desired. Minimum number of 5 players, no maximum. Please state expected number on the entry form.


St43 - Key Stage 1-2

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St43Key Stage 1-2 £22.10

St44 - Key Stage 3-4

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St44Key Stage 3-4 £22.10


DUO CLASS

For string instrument and any other instrument. Own choice of one piece or movement. Both players to be named on the entry form as both will be adjudicated.


St38 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St38Open £12.10


FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENSEMBLE

Own choice of one piece or movement. Any combination of instruments including a string instrument. At least three players, each playing a separate part. No age limit but should include at least one player who is 18 years or under. Please state the number of players (and names if known) on your entry form.


St49 - Up to 4 players.

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St49Up to 4 players. £13.70

St50 - 5 or more players

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St505 or more players £22.10


MIXED AGE ORCHESTRA

Players of all ages.


St52 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St52Open £31.50


UNACCOMPANIED DUETS

Own choice of one or two pieces. Any combination of string instruments.


St32 - Grade 1-3

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St32Grade 1-3 £10.00

St33 - Grade 4-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St33Grade 4-5 £10.00

St34 - Grade 6-7

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St34Grade 6-7 £10.00

St35 - Grade 8-8+

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St35Grade 8-8+ £12.10


YOUTH ORCHESTRA

All players to be aged 18 years and under on 1st September 2023.


St51 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St51Open £31.50


20th / 21st CENTURY SOLO

Own choice of piece written between the beginning of the twentieth century and the present day.


St09(ST9) - Pre-grade – Grade 1

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St09(ST9)Pre-grade – Grade 1 £7.40

St10 - Grade 2-3

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St10Grade 2-3 £10.00

St11 - Grade 4-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St11Grade 4-5 £10.00

St12 - Grade 6-7

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St12Grade 6-7 £10.00

St13 - Grade 8-8+

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St13Grade 8-8+ £12.10


CONCERTO

One movement or piece originally intended/written for performance with orchestra.


St27 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St27Open £13.70


EASY CONCERTO / CONCERTINO

Approximate Grade 4-5. Own choice of one or two contrasting movements.


St25 - Approximately Grade 4-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St25Approximately Grade 4-5 £10.00


EXAMINATION MUSIC

Own choice of one piece chosen from any current Examining Board syllabus. Please state the exact time on entry form.


St14 - Pre-grade – Grade 2

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St14Pre-grade – Grade 2 £7.40

St15 - Grade 3-4

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St15Grade 3-4 £10.00

St16 - Grade 5-6

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St16Grade 5-6 £10.00

St17 - Grade 7-8

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St17Grade 7-8 £10.00


EXAMINATION MUSIC - NON-COMPETITIVE

Any grade. For adjudication only. One piece from any current examination syllabus.


St18 - Pre-grade – Grade 2

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St18Pre-grade – Grade 2 £7.40

St19 - Grade 3-8

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St19Grade 3-8 £10.00

St20 - Diploma

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St20Diploma £12.10


MIXED BAG

Own choice of two or three contrasting pieces.


St28 - Grade 1-2

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St28Grade 1-2 £12.10

St29 - Grade 3-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St29Grade 3-5 £12.10

St30 - Grade 6-8

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St30Grade 6-8 £12.10


OWN CHOICE OF ONE PIECE or MOVEMENT for BOWED STRINGS

N.B. Harpists may enter all classes unless specified for bowed strings.


St1 - Pre-grade – Grade 1

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St1Pre-grade – Grade 1 £7.40

St2 - Grade 2-3

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St2Grade 2-3 £10.00

St3 - Grade 4-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St3Grade 4-5 £10.00

St4 - Grade 6-7

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St4Grade 6-7 £10.00

St5 - Grade 8-8+

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St5Grade 8-8+ £12.10


OWN CHOICE OF ONE PIECE or MOVEMENT for HARPS

N.B. Harpists may enter all classes unless specified for bowed strings.


St6 - Grade 1-2

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St6Grade 1-2 £10.00

St7 - Grade 3-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St7Grade 3-5 £10.00

St8 - Grade 6-8+

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St8Grade 6-8+ £10.00


RECITAL CLASS

Own choice of a group of two or three contrasting pieces. Performers will be adjudicated on their programme choice, dress and presentation as well as their performance and are encouraged to play at least one piece from memory.


St31 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St31Open £20.00


ROMANTIC PIECE (1830-1900)

Own choice piece must have been written by a composer living between the dates shown above and be romantic in style.


St23 - Grade 5 and above

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St23Grade 5 and above £12.10


SONATA

Own choice of one or two contrasting movements.


St26 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St26Open £13.70


JAZZ, SWING & RAGTIME

Own choice of piece.


St21 - Grade 1-5

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St21Grade 1-5 £10.00

St22 - Grade 6+

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St22Grade 6+ £10.00


UNACCOMPANIED BACH SOLO

Own choice of one or two movements from any work by J. S. Bach for an unaccompanied string instrument.


St24 - Open

Performer Name(s):
Age as of 1/9/23:
Performer Postcode Area & District(s):
Performance Length:
mins
secs
Piece(s)
St24Open £12.10