Entry Procedure

1. Entries, to be made via the website or on the official entry form, must be received on or before 1st March 2014. The fees payable should be received within 7 days of entry submission and therefore not later than 8th March.

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 28th April 2014.

4. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ABINGDON MUSIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION. (No entry should be made in stamps.) You may also pay by BACS, see .....

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

THE FESTIVAL SECRETARY
1 PICKLERS HILL
ABINGDON
OX14 2BA
email info@abmusfest.org.uk

by 4th April 2014. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification of the performer.

Accompanists

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.


Performers

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.

Copies

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.

General

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 choose one performance from each class to be included in the final concert. In order, however, to create maximum variety in the programme, the committee reserves the right to adjust the choice where necessary – it is expected that any individual performer should appear no more than twice in the same concert, and this should be in different categories. (This does not include participation in ensembles.)

23. The committee reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel any of the arrangements detailed in the syllabus.

24. 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.

25. 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.

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

27. The decision of the committee in all questions or disputes is final.