General Regulations

  1. Closing date for all entries is January 18th, 2019. We regret no entries can be accepted after this date.
  2. This is an Amateur Festival. An amateur is defined as "a person who does not receive a significant proportion of their income from the performance of the subject in which they wish to compete."
  3. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry.
  4. All competitors must be ready to take their places on the platform at the appointed time, or they may be disqualified.
  5. For all classes with age-limits, the age shall be reckoned as on the first day of the Festival.
  6. The Committee reserves the right to withhold an award - either certificate or trophy - if, in the opinion of the adjudicator, a satisfactory standard has not been reached.
  7. Copyright Compliance - A full explanation of the Federation of Festivals' Copyright Compliance can be found on our website, but these points listed below are essential information.
    • All competitors must purchase their own original copy of the piece which they are to perform. A legible photocopy of an "own choice" piece is allowed for use by the Adjudicator marked "Adjudicator copy. Destroy after use."
    • All Dramatic items (prose and poetry) must be announced with the title and author, and be completed within the time limit. To qualify for copyright indemnity, the performer must not change words or gender.
    • We are unable to allow video or audio recordings of performances.
  8. The use of backing tracks - whether on cd, tape or other media - is not allowed.
  9. The prescribed editions of music must be used by all competitors.
  10. "Open Class" means any age.
  11. Competitors may either bring their own accompanist or ask for the Official Accompanist on entry. If the Official Accompanist is required, a good quality copy of the sheet music, clearly labelled with competitor's name and Class number, must be attached to the entry form or, if entering online, be sent to the Music Coordinator no later than 5 days after the closing date.
  12. Time limits stipulated for test pieces must be observed. The Adjudicator may penalise a performer who exceeds the time limit.
  13. Should any cause for complaint arise, any protest arising there from should be made in writing to the appropriate Festival Coordinator immediately.
  14. We wish to bring to your attention that children must at all times be in the charge of their parent, teacher or guardian. The Festival is not able to take responsibility for their safety. Please see our Child Protection Policy and Safer Festivals for Everyone information.
  15. You are advised that entry information may be published in our Festival Programme. Under the provisions of the BOPA (Body of Persons Approval) which the Festival is legally required to hold, we are obliged to share information about competitors under the age of 18 and resident in Cumbria, with Cumbria County Council, at their request. Furthermore, you are advised that entrants have a duty to give or obtain the necessary consents for the competitors (when aged under 18) to take part in the Festival; for competitors resident in Cumbria this includes consent for absence from school, if applicable.