Festival Rules

Eligibility to the Festival Weekend and to the appropriate classes will be determined by the performer’s age on 2 February 2018. Performers will receive further and more specific details of the timetable, procedures etc., after the final date of the receipt of the Entry Form. Performers in the Singers’ Platform are not eligible to enter this part of the Festival, and any 1st study singer aged 19-28 studying at conservatoire or university will only be eligible for the Singers’ Platform section of the Festival. The winner only of a class in 2017 may not enter the same class in 2018 unless s/he has moved into the next age category.

Amateur status - the Festival is for amateur performers only and professionals are not eligible to enter. A professional is considered to be one who derives the major part of his/her livelihood from singing performance.

All adjudicators are appointed by The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir.

All awards are made at the discretion of the adjudicator whose decisions are final. It is expected that the prize money will be used to further the musical development of the prize winner.

Photographs, Recording Equipment and Mobile Phones - Due to copyright law and the Festival’s safeguarding policy, members of the audience, as well as performers and their supporters, are NOT ALLOWED to take photographs or make audio or video recordings at the Festival. Therefore, the use of any kind of camera, recording equipment, mobile telephone or other computerised device is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. However, the Festival may appoint a designated, authorised photographer for publicity purposes to promote the work and ethos of the Festival and for the benefit of the performers. Performers should indicate on the Entry Form a) if they or their supporters have any objection to being included in any of the photographs taken by the official photographer and b) if they give permission for any photographs taken to be used for publicity purposes, etc., without further consultation from the Festival.

Song Choices - A performer must NOT sing the same piece in more than one class.

An official accompanist Should you require the services of the official accompanist, unfolded, legible copies MUST be sent to the official accompanist in an A4 sized envelope by 25 November 2017. It will require a large letter stamp. Please do NOT send music for the official accompanist with the Entry Form or with any other correspondence. NB: original copies are required by the adjudicator on the day.

All Entry Forms, fees Song Choices and copies of MUSIC for the official accompanist for all classes and an A5 stamped addressed envelope MUST be received by 25 November 2017, otherwise entry may not be accepted.

A Child/Vulnerable-Adult policy is available and a copy of this document will be sent to all applicants.

Trophies - All performers accepting trophies will be deemed to have given an undertaking for their safe custody in being asked to sign a form of receipt for each trophy gained, before taking their trophies away. The trophies are held by the winners until the following November when they should be returned in readiness for the next Festival. All trophies are the property of the Festival and must not be taken out of the country. Lost trophies must be replaced and the replacement of a lost trophy, or the cost of repair of damage to a trophy, will be the responsibility of the current holder. It is felt reasonable to assume that trophy winners will make adequate provision for insuring the trophies while in their possession.

Any enquiries may be made at:
D.C.F.S., 269 Dobcroft Rd, Sheffield, S11 9LG
Telephone: 0114 235 0993
email: dcfs@davidclover-festivalofsinging.org.uk