Entry Procedure

1. Please click here to obtain the application form (spreadsheet). This should be simple to use, but there are alternative possibilities – please see below.
On opening the spreadsheet, you may need to “Enable Editing”. You should find yourself in the white box where you can insert your name. Then move to the next box using the “tab” key. (NB for Windows users only – see instructions in the spreadsheet if working with a Mac.) As you insert the entries, the total to pay should update.
When finished, follow the instructions in the box to print (only part of the form will be printed) and save the file. The saved version should then be attached to an email and sent to info@abmusfest.org.uk.
If your computer doesn’t support the version of the spreadsheet (Microsoft Office 2010), you can download an earlier version here. The same instructions apply.
As an alternative, you can download the old version of the application form here. Complete the entry form fully in all sections, and send a copy electronically by email to info@abmusfest.org.uk. Also print a copy.
NB If you have any special requests, restricted availability for the period of the Festival etc., please make sure these appear in the text of the email.

Whichever way you have done the application, please send the printed page with your cheque for the required amount (payable to Abingdon Music Festival Association) to The Festival Secretary, 1 Picklers Hill, Abingdon OX14 2BA. Your entry is not confirmed until we have received your payment.
For enquiries please contact the Festival Secretary on 01235 526702 or info@abmusfest.org.uk. However, from 7-23 February please contact the Chairman on 07889 131372 or cfc@abingdon.org.uk.

2. The committee is under no obligation to accept late entries - performers are strongly advised to enter in good time, as numbers in classes may need to be limited.

3. Age must be reckoned as on 27th April 2016.

4. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ABINGDON MUSIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION. (No entry should be made in stamps.)

5. Once an entry has been accepted, the fee will not be refunded.

6. Fees are shown in the schedule of classes.

7. Any changes to the entry form should be sent to

OX14 2BA
email info@abmusfest.org.uk

by 3rd April 2016. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification of the performer.


8. If the chosen music is written to have an accompaniment, an accompanist must be used. Taped accompaniments are not normally acceptable.

9. Performers may bring their own accompanists, but experienced accompanists, appointed by the Festival Committee, are also available. If you wish to be accompanied by one of these official accompanists, please follow the instructions.

10. If an official accompanist has been requested and is subsequently not required, please inform the accompanist you have been allocated as soom as you receive your timing slip.


11. The time limit for each class is clearly stated in its description. It is essential for the smooth running of the Festival that these times are not exceeded. (Any performer who does exceed the time limit may be asked to stop at the end of the prescribed time.) Check the duration of your piece with care! (Consider making cuts if necessary.)

12. A free ticket will be given to each performer, but will be available only for themselves.

13. Performers should be present at least 10 minutes before their category is due to begin.

14. Performers not responding when called upon to perform may be disqualified.

15. Performers should be prepared to announce their music.

16. A brief discussion will take place after each performance.

17. No responsibility for loss of music can be taken by the committee.


18. On the day of the Festival, performers must provide one copy of each work to be performed for use by the adjudicator during the performance.

19. A performer may make one photocopy for the adjudicator, provided that the performer has access to an original printed copy, which must be in the hall at the time of the performance, and that the photocopy is handed in and destroyed immediately after the festival. This permission only applies to the Adjudicator copy and all other copies used for the performance must be originals.

20. We remind all participants that it is illegal to copy works still within copyright without permission from the copyright holders. The Festival does not accept liability for the infringement of copyright, recording or performing rights arising out of any entrant's performance or accompaniment.


21. In accordance with the rules of the British Federation, the Festival now has an official Child Protection Policy relating to all candidates under the age of 18 years, including the requirement that children must be accompanied and supervised throughout the Festival. The organisers cannot be responsible for this supervision.

22. Adjudicators may at their discretion recommend one or more performances from each class for the Festival Concert. In compiling the programme for this concert, the Committee wishes to reflect the gamut of ages, abilities, instruments and musical styles from the whole range of classes and to involve as many different individuals as possible, while not prolonging the event to the point of tedium. There is therefore no guarantee that all the best performances during the Festival will necessarily be included, and it is unlikely that any one participant, however variously gifted, will be invited to perform more than once in the concert.

23. In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the Festival advises performers that their names, addresses and entry details may be held in computer records for the purposes of Festival management and for sending information about the Festival and its associated events only.

24. The use of tape recorders and video cameras in the halls is not permitted and cameras (without flash) are allowed only with the permission of the committee.

25. All enquiries must be made in writing to the Festival Secretary (address as in Rule 7). Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

26. The Committee reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel any of the arrangements detailed in the syllabus, and its decision in all questions or disputes is final.