Of course, it's about "the taking part"...
...But there's an old saying that "competition is the whetstone of talent", meaning you can definitely sharpen your skills by being tested in public. Plus there's the fun of competing for a prize or a first place that just adds that extra bit of spice to things.
So what's on offer?
All competitors will receive a comment sheet and a certificate. There are medals for all classes aged 12 years and under, with gold, silver and bronze medals for classes of 10 or more competitors, gold and silver for classes of 5 - 9 competitors, and gold for classes of 4 or fewer. The winner in each class receives a trophy (except for classes for competitors aged 6 years and under, where all entrants receive a certificate).
Also, following on after the competition is the Festival Concert, a prestigious occasion in which the finest actors, singers, instrumentalists, choirs and bands are selected from the whole two weeks of the competitive stages and invited to perform. The prizes are formally presented at this occasion.
Classes attracting special trophies and awards
(see the syllabus for full description and entry requirements)
• Worcester Arts Council trophies for High Achievement
• Rotary Young Performer of the Year Trophy
• William Lewis Recital Salver and £100 Prize
• Worcester Music Store Cup and £100 prize
• Sproule Trophy and Prize for Drama and Music £50
• Marion Baker Memorial Cup and Prize £45
• Solo Acting Festival Prize £50
Severn Arts AwardThe Severn Arts Outstanding Instrumentalist award 2020 will be presented in 2020 to the most outstanding instrumentalist at Grade 4 and above. It is a solo award and comes with a term's free membership to Severn Arts Intermediate Ensemble.
For further information and how to apply see www.severnarts.org.uk
Festival Concert & presentations
Tickets £5, (children, teachers, performers & accompanists - free).
Perrins Hall, RGS Worcester, Upper Tything, Worcester.
Date to be confirmed
“Paul Farrer immediately put us at ease and took us into his studio to show us the computer software that he used and talked about some of the work he had done recently. The workshop gave me a lot of useful skills which can be taken forward and used in any type of composition. As well as being hugely interesting the workshop was also tremendous fun and if given the opportunity I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.”
Henry Queen & Caitlin Sharpe
Composition Prize Winner & Runner Up
“Although my pupils were initially nervous at the thought of playing in front of people they really enjoyed the experience and were delighted with the awards they received. Their confidence increased so much that they could not wait to enter again the next year!”
Instrumental teacher, Worcestershire