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Writing Music


Composing classes are for any instruments and/or voices. Compositions may be for a single instrument or voice or for small or large ensembles. Compositions for electronic instruments are welcome.


Within the original work syllabus you will find details of the composition classes. These are split by age for younger entrants. Open classes are open to anyone, of any age.

The Mary Mannion trophy will be awarded (at the adjudicator's discretion) to a winning entrant aged 16 or under in any section, along with a voucher to the value of £15


The above link to the syllabus is only for the string sections. The combined festival syllabus can be found here.

Entries MUST be made online via Play&Perform.

There are several special classes that string players may also wish to enter:

  • Performers aged 6 or under may wish to enter the Party Piece class. 

  • More advanced performers may wish to enter the William Lewis Recital class. Entrants to this class should prepare a 15-minute recital of 2 or more contrasting pieces. 

  • The Marian Baker memorial class is another recital class for which a minimum standard of Grade 6 on two contrasting pieces is required.

  • The Sproule class is for performers up to the age of 15. Competitors must perform a poem or an acted scene AND a song or a piece of music on any instrument.

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