Singers' Platform Classes

Class 1: RECITAL
A recital of up to 20 minutes chosen from the following:

  • [A] An aria from a cantata, an opera or an oratorio of any period
  • [B] 1 or 2 songs, excluding (A), written before the 19th century
  • [C] 1 or 2 songs, excluding (A), written during the 19th century
  • [D] 1 or 2 art songs, excluding (A), written during the 20th or 21st centuries
  • [E] A song of the performer’s own choice of any period and style
  • [F] A song composed without accompaniment or an unaccompanied traditional folk song

All singers are asked to initially choose 3 or 4 songs from their programme to sing to the adjudicators, with a time limit of 12 minutes. The choice MUST contain a song from Category F. Any arias chosen for your Recital should be in the original language and key.

Class 2: Opera
All singers should prepare 2 arias, at least one with recitative, in 2 different languages and by different composers with a time limit of 13 minutes. Initially, all singers will choose a recitative and aria, time limit 7 minutes, to sing to the adjudicators. All arias should be in the original language and key.

The entries in the Recital and Opera Classes will be programmed into a maximum of 4 sessions between Friday evening (1 session) and Saturday all day and evening (3 sessions). Where singers have entered both Recital and Opera Classes, these will be programmed into the same session to help singers travelling a long distance. The winners of each session will be announced at the end of the session and the adjudicators will choose the best 5 performances from all the sessions to participate in the Finals on Sunday evening. The 5 performances chosen will not necessarily be the session winners and all Finalists will be contacted on Saturday evening.

Class 3: Oratorio or Sacred Song
1 aria or song (excluding hymns and religious pop songs) in the original language and key, time limit 7 minutes.

Class 4: French Song
1 song in the original language, time limit 5 mins. An aria from an Opera or Oratorio is not appropriate for this class.

Class 5: Lieder
1 song in the original language, time limit 5 mins. An aria from an Opera or Oratorio is not appropriate for this class.

Class 6: British Song
1 song, not an aria from Opera or Oratorio, time limit 5 mins. The song should be in English and the composer from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Your choice can be from any period.

Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 will all be programmed, as far as is possible, on Sunday January 28th and the winners will sing their winning songs again in the Sunday Evening Finals presentation.

Time limits: All performances must adhere to the time limits including 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 and the adjudicators reserve the right to stop a performance that is excessively over time.

Song choices: A performer must NOT sing the same song in more than one class. Programme changes will only be permitted after January 1st in exceptional circumstances. 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.