Festival Classes

RECITAL CLASSES

  Age on 2 February 2018 Time-limit Number of songs
Class 7 - Junior Recital 13 - 15 years 10 mins 3 songs only
Class 6 - Intermediate Recital 16 - 18 years 12 mins 3 or 4 songs only
Class 7 - Open Recital 19 years and over 15 mins 3 or 4 songs only

Performers should choose a balanced and varied programme of 3 or 4 songs, chosen from Groups A to E below, one of which must be from Group E. Each song should come from a different group-letter.
Group A: an aria from a cantata, an opera, or an oratorio of any period
Group B: a song (excluding Group A) written before the 19th century
Group C: a song (excluding Group A) written during the 19th century
Group D: an art song (excluding Group A) written during the 20th or 21st century
Group E: an unaccompanied folksong or an unaccompanied traditional song
NB Repertoire from musicals, music theatre and musical films is NOT appropriate in a Recital Class.

At no stage in the Festival should a Recital programme contain BOTH an accompanied folk or traditional song arrangement AND an unaccompanied folk or traditional song.

In Class 7: Junior Recital - the programme should consist of 3 songs only.
In Classes 8 and 9: Intermediate and Open Recitals - the programmes may consist of 3 or 4 songs.

Time Limits: All recitals must adhere to the time limits. The time limit is for the whole performance including short verbal introductions. Any re-starts which are the fault of the singer are included in the performance time limit. Any re-starts which are not the fault of the singer will not be included in the performance time limit. Should a performer exceed the time limit, an adjudication will be given, but the Festival reserves the right to withhold a placing.

Placings: The adjudicator will choose two performers in each Recital Class who will become the winner and runner-up. These placings will be decided, and the awards presented, on the evening of Sunday 4 February 2018, when each performer will repeat two songs of their own choice from their original programme. These two songs may, or may not, include the unaccompanied folk or traditional song.

Order of classes: Once the Entry Forms have been received, the order in which classes will take place will be determined and everyone will be duly informed. Programme changes will only be allowed after 1 January 2018 in exceptional circumstances.

NON-RECITAL CLASSES

On the evening of Sunday 4 February 2018, the winner of each Non-Recital class (classes 10-26) will sing the winning song of each class again in competition for The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir Silver Salver and Prize which is awarded to the most outstanding performance. Should an individual win more than one Non-Recital class, he or she should choose only one winning song to perform.
Time Limits in all classes except where otherwise stated is 4 minutes.

Song choices: A performer must NOT sing the same song in more than one class.

Class 10: Vocal Solo (age 9-12) - one song chosen from the following *:
Earth, Sea and Sky (Lin Marsh) *
Wiegenlied (Schubert) *
Let him go, let him tarry (Irish arr. Pegler) *
Class 11: Vocal Solo: Songs from the Shows (age 9-12) - one song chosen from the following *:
Chim chim cher-ee (Mary Poppins) (Sherman)
Hush-a-bye mountain (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) Sherman *
Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables) Schonberg (any reliable edition in A minor)
Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo (Cinderella) David and Hoffman from Disney Songs for Singers published Hal Leonard or any reliable edition
* All these songs may be found in "The Best of Grades 1-3 Singing" - high or low voice - published by Faber. Other editions may be used, but copies of other editions must be available for the official accompanist and the adjudicator.
Class 12: British Song (age 13-15) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 13: British Song (age 16-18) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 14: British Song (age 19 and over) - one song excluding musicals, music theatre, opera, operetta and oratorio, by any British or Irish composer of any period
Class 15: Oratorio or Sacred Song (age 16-18) ** - one song or aria in any language and in the original key - excluding hymns and religious pop songs
Class 16: Oratorio or Sacred Song (age 19 and over) ** - one song or aria in any language and in the original key - excluding hymns and religious pop songs
Class 17: Opera (age 16-18) ** - one aria in any language and in the original key
Class 18: Opera (age 19 and over) ** - one aria in the original language and in the original key
** In Classes 15 - 18, there is a performance time limit of 7 minutes to include any instrumental introduction, preliminary recitative, da capo, coda and any brief verbal introduction.
Class 19: French or German Song (age 15 and under) - one song to be sung in English or the original language
Class 20: French Song (16 and over) - one song to be sung in the original language
Class 21: Lied (age 16 and over) - one song to be sung in the original language
Class 22: World Songs (any age) - One song not in English but sung in the original language from any country except British Isles, France or Germany
Class 23: A song with words by Shakespeare of any style or period (any age)
Class 24: A humorous or sad song (any age)
Class 25: Songs from the Shows (age 13-15) ***
Class 26: Songs from the Shows (age 16-18) ***
Class 27: Songs from the Shows (age 19 and over) ***
*** Songs from the Shows may come from musicals, music theatre, films and operettas, but not from operas, and they should be performed as a concert item, i.e. without costume, movement (although gesture is permitted), recorded accompaniment or the use of a microphone.
Class 28: English Words and Song - one song. The performer should recite the text from memory and then sing the song. The adjudicator will judge both the speaking and the singing and will be listening for clarity of communication with understanding and imagination. The words must not be a translation from another language, but the composer need not be English. The winner will be invited to perform again on the evening of Sunday 4 February 2018 when they will receive their award, but will not be eligible for The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir Silver Salver.
Class 29: Ensemble Class (up to 6 singers) **** one piece, time limit 4 minutes. The winner may be invited to perform again on the evening of Sunday 4 February 2018, but will not be eligible for the City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir Silver Salver.
**** The Festival reserves the right to divide this class into Class 29A for singers 15 and under and Class 29B for singers 16 and over in the event of several groups of young singers entering. The Dore Male Voice Choir Trophy and award will be given to the best winning ensemble from both sections to be chosen by the adjudicator and this ensemble will sing their winning song again at the Sunday evening Finals.