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S A F F R O N WA L D E N M U S I C F E S T I VA L 2017 This will be County High’s fifth Music Festival and the Winner’s Concert will be held in Saffron Hall; our magnificent concert venue. We are all very much looking forward to involving the local community in this great opportunity to showcase the musical talents of young people and give them the opportunity to demonstrate musical abilities in this inspiring and exciting auditorium.

A B O U T T H E F E S T I VA L The Music Festival is divided into five sections with an adjudicator for each one: Piano, Brass, Woodwind, Vocal and Strings. We have attracted five professional musicians to come and adjudicate throughout the weekend. The adjudicators will listen and give feedback to all of our applicants and award medals to performers who they feel were outstanding. Every player will receive written feedback and a certificate. Within each of the five sections, we have various classes ranging from pre beginner to advanced level. The winner of the Challenge Class, the grade 7-8 class, will receive a trophy. The Adjudicator will pick one overall section winner from any of the classes; this winner will perform in the Winner’s Concert. Ensemble entries are not eligible to become the section winner.

THE WINNER’S CONCERT The festival culminates in a Winner’s Concert, which will be held on the Sunday afternoon. The five section winners of the festival, that the adjudicators have chosen, all perform in a young musician of the year style final. An overall winner is chosen by the panel of adjudicators who is then awarded the Mullucks Wells Trophy.


S A F F R O N WA L D E N COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Saffron Walden County High School has a deserved reputation for musical excellence. Over 400 of our students receive instrumental tuition and high numbers play or sing in the variety of ensembles that we offer. In recent years this reputation has been greatly enhanced by the addition of Saffron Hall to the school’s facilities. The Hall and its programme provides young people at SWCHS with unique opportunities to perform at an acclaimed concert venue with a remarkably good acoustic. It often involves playing in collaboration with professional musicians of the very highest quality. Our vision for the Music department and for our sixth form Music Academy encourages involvement in enjoyable music for all and the pursuit of excellence in music for the individual. It is a natural extension of this emphasis for SWCHS to, once more, host the Music Festival in Saffron Hall. The festival encourages friendly competition between young musicians in the area and leads to wonderful performances. I look forward to hearing what the current crop of young musicians can achieve. Caroline Derbyshire Head Teacher Saffron Walden County High School


F E S T I VA L C O M M I T T E E Ellie Morrow Jane Patterson Joy Musto

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GRAEME HUMPHREY P I A N O A D J U D I C AT O R Graeme Humphrey has been a teacher of piano all his professional life, both at the Royal Academy of Music for thirty-six years from 1974 - 2010, and privately. He has also been very actively involved in festival adjudicating and examining - work which has taken him to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, France, Sabah, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and Ghana. He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship on the piano from New Zealand to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He regularly teaches in Hong Kong, and was external examiner at National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore from 2009 – 2011. He has given classes at both the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. In 1988 he founded the Blackheath Music Festival in London. From 1993 - 2010 he tutored at the Shrewsbury International Summer School and was Music Director of the Summer School from 2004 - 2010. In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachers’ Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club. He has recently been involved in the selecting and editing of a major new piano duet project that is republishing long out-of-print beginner and intermediate level duet material, primarily for the pupil/teacher. This can be seen at www.fourhandsplus.com Graeme Humphrey is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.


PIANO SECTION Class

Description

Pre Grade 1

To perform any one piece that is pre grade 1 standard.

Grade 1-2

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 3-4

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 5-6

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Challenge Cup Class

To perform one piece from any current grade 7-8 exam syllabus.

Baroque and Classical Class

To perform one piece from the Baroque or Classical period. Time limit: 4 mins

Romantic and Modern Class

To perform one piece from the Romantic or Modern period. Time limit: 4 mins

Duo Class

To perform one duet of any style. Time limit: 4 mins


JO COLE S T R I N G A D J U D I C AT O R Cellist Jo Cole studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Florence Hooton and David Strange, then with Ralph Kirshbaum. She was Deputy Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2006 to 2010. She is now Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music. Jo was appointed Professor of the University of London in February 2016. She has had a substantial playing career spanning more than 25 years. A distinguished, seasoned orchestral cellist and experienced chamber musician, Jo has a record of versatility, which includes period performance and innovation in outreach. Jo’s playing career includes many years’ membership of the Academy of St Martins, Co-Principal of the City of London Sinfonia and as a regular performer with the London Symphony Orchestra. She continues to perform professionally whenever this is possible alongside her substantial commitment to her students at the Academy.


STRING SECTION Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass & Classical Guitar

Class

Description

Pre Grade 1

To perform any one piece that is pre grade 1 standard.

Grade 1-2

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 3-4

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 5-6

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Challenge Cup Class

To perform one piece from any current grade 7-8 exam syllabus.

Baroque and Classical Class

To perform one piece from the Baroque or Classical period. Time limit: 4 mins

Romantic and Modern Class

To perform one piece from the Romantic or Modern period. Time limit: 4 mins

Ensemble Class

To perform one ensemble piece of any style. Up to 4 players. Time limit: 4 mins.


ANTHONY BAILEY – W O O D W I N D A D J U D I C AT O R As a clarinettist, Anthony is associated with the London Mozart Players, with whom he has performed many times – including on CD recordings and in Concert. He has also performed regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Chinook Clarinet Quartet, with whom he has regularly performed throughout the UK in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and the Bridgewater Hall. The quartet have recorded two CDs and performed live on BBC Radio and TV. Anthony is a founder member of the Tippett Ensemble, a professional group of alumni from the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra, formed in 2012. Recently they performed Beethoven Septet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Anthony as also been the leader of the British Clarinet Ensemble since 2000 with whom he has recorded several CDs, and toured Europe, America and Japan. Since 2004 he has been the conductor of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, performing in many concerts with repertoire including his own works and arrangements, including and an arrangement of Shostakovitch Piano Concerto no.2 and the London premiere of Chaises Musicales by Anthony himself. He is the Musical Director of the East Anglian Single Reed Choir, a woodwind coach for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. He recently made his debut conducting the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Suffolk and Essex Concert bands. He has recently also made his debut with the Essex Concert Band. Anthony was the director of the Jonas Foundation Music School between 2006-2011, and now runs his own music school in London for the Willow Tree Trust.


WOODWIND SECTION Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, & Saxophone

Class

Description

Pre Grade 1

To perform any one piece that is pre grade 1 standard.

Grade 1-2

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 3-4

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 5-6

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Challenge Cup Class

To perform one piece from any current grade 7-8 exam syllabus.

Baroque and Classical Class

To perform one piece from the Baroque or Classical period. Time limit: 4 mins

Romantic and Modern Class

To perform one piece from the Romantic or Modern period. Time limit: 4 mins

Ensemble Class

To perform an ensemble piece of any style. (Up to 5 players) Time limit: 4 mins


NICOLA-JANE KEMP V O C A L A D J U D I C AT O R Nicola-Jane Kemp was a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and studied at Cambridge University, The Royal College of Music and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). Her career began with professional choral groups such as The Sixteen, The Cambridge Singers and the BBC Singers. She subsequently forged a career as a solo coloratura soprano (with a signature role of “Queen of the Night”) and has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2 (Friday Night is Music Night). Her concert work takes her all round the UK, including the South Bank, Barbican and St John’s Smith Square in London, and to the Middle East. Most recently she has sung as soloist in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony No. 2 at Coventry Cathedral, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Cadogan Hall, London and Verdi’s Requiem at St John’s Smith Square, London. She currently teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge. She taught for 20 years at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. She is a Grade/Diploma examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and a council member of the Association of Teachers of Singing. She has given masterclasses and workshops for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Winchester Solo Singers Course and in Autumn 2015, was appointed Vocal Consultant to Suzi Digby’s London Youth Choir. With Heidi Pegler, their series of songbooks - The Language of Song published by Faber Music - was awarded “Best Education Publication” by the British Music Industries Association in 2007. Nicola-Jane was appointed Head of Singing at Eton College in September 2015.


VOCAL SECTION Class

Description

Classical Song – 11 and under

To perform one piece from the classical period. Time limit: 2 mins

Songs from the shows – 11 and under.

To perform one piece from any musical. Time limit: 2 mins

Classical Song – 12-14 years

To perform one piece from the classical period. Time limit: 2 mins

Songs from the shows – 12-14 years.

To perform one piece from any musical. Time limit: 2 mins

Classical Song – 15-16 years

To perform one piece from the classical period. Time limit: 4 mins

Songs from the shows – 15-16 years

To perform one piece from any musical. Time limit: 4 mins

Classical Song – 17-18 years

To perform one piece from the classical period Time limit: 4 mins

Songs from the shows – 17-18 years

To perform one piece from any musical. Time limit: 4 mins

Challenge Cup Class

To perform one piece from any current grade 7-8 syllabus.

Duo Class

To perform one duet piece. Time limit: 4 mins


EDDIE THOMPSON – B R A S S A D J U D I C AT O R After studying trombone & composition at the Royal College of Music, Eddie enjoyed a career as a professional musician spanning almost 50 years, working in recording studios, television, radio & West End theatres. He was assistant conductor for the musical “Canterbury Tales” and Musical Director to Les Dawson when aged 24. Since then he spent many years playing, arranging & recording with innumerable well known artists including Bing Crosby, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Shirley McLean & The Carpenters to name just a few and was The orchestral manager for several film productions, including “There’s a Girl in my Soup” starring Peter Sellers. He travelled the world with the Gabrielli Brass Ensemble before forming and directing The English Brass Group. This group gave lecture demonstrations on British, French and Canadian T.V. and featured in episodes of “Grange Hill & “Some Mothers do Have em”, with music written or arranged by Eddie. He examined Diploma candidates and was Brass syllabus consultant for a London Conservatoire. He taught Brass instruments in Hertfordshire & Essex and frequently coached the Brass sections of their county orchestras and directed various brass ensembles. Whilst working at the London Palladium Eddie directed The Big Band at the London College of Music and The Morley College Jazz Orchestra on Saturday mornings.


BRASS SECTION Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Tenor Horn, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba.

Class

Description

Pre Grade 1

To perform any one piece that is pre grade 1 standard.

Grade 1-2

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 3-4

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Grade 5-6

To perform one piece from any current exam syllabus for this grade.

Challenge Cup Class

To perform one piece from any current grade 7-8 exam syllabus.

Baroque and Classical Class

To perform one piece from the Baroque or Classical period. Time limit: 4 mins

Romantic and Modern Class

To perform one piece from the Romantic or Modern period. Time limit: 4 mins

Ensemble Class

To perform an ensemble piece of any style (Up to 5 players). Time limit: 4 mins


SAFFRON WALDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL RULES 2017 CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY General Rules i. You must perform by yourself and not in a group unless you are taking part in the ensemble class. ii. You can enter any number of classes but only one entry per class. iii. You are responsible for your instruments and belongings on the day of the competition. Saffron Walden Music Festival and Saffron Walden County High School cannot accept any liability for them in any way before, during or after the competition. iv. To apply, you must be attending a school in Essex, Hertfordshire or Suffolk. v. By entering the competition, you agree that should you win your section, you will be available to take part in the Winners concert on the Sunday. (Concert time to be confirmed) vi. You agree that any official photography taken will be allowed to be used for publicity purposes. Accompanying & Photocopies vii. You may bring your own accompanist, or you can use our official accompanist. viii. If you use our accompanist, all music and the relevant fees must be received with your entry form by the closing date. ix. Backing tracks will not be permitted. x. You must bring a copy of your music on the day for the adjudicator. Photocopies will be destroyed due to copyright rules. Application Forms & Fees xi. All application forms must be on an official entry form, or a copy of the official entry form, duly signed by your parent/guardian. xii. To be accepted, your application form, music and fee must be received by the closing date. You will be contacted regarding all relevant dates and times. xiii. If posting your entry, please ensure that the correct postage is paid. We will not collect from a sorting office if undelivered. xiv. The fee for each class entered is £5.00 xv. The fee for our official accompanist is an additional £10.00 per class. This fee includes a rehearsal prior to the festival. xvi. Cheques should be made payable to SWCHS, these fees are non-refundable. xvii. The Winners Concert is open to the public and there is no entry fee. We will collect any donations at the door. All proceeds will go towards funding the next festival. xviii. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Classes may be amalgamated or split depending on the number of applications received. Class Rules xix. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the time of your class. xx. We welcome audiences to all classes and sections, please feel free to come and listen. Programmes for the festival will be available once all applications have been received and times confirmed. xxi. The adjudicators’ decision is final, they reserve the right to cut short a performance if they feel that they have heard enough to make a valid adjudication. This will only occur should time be running short. Certificates, Cups & Medals xxii. Each applicant will receive written feedback and a certificate at the end of their class. xxiii. Medals will be awarded to those candidates whom the adjudicator feels are most deserving, these medals will be presented at the Winners Concert. xxiv. Challenge Cup class winners will receive a cup. The winner of this cup is not necessarily the section winner. xxv. Ensemble classes will not be put forward to the Winners Concert


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to say a very big thank you to everybody who has helped to make this event possible. Some have helped by giving their time and others have helped financially. Thanks go to all of our participants, without your enthusiasm for music, this festival would not be able to happen. We wish you all the best of luck and we hope that you all enjoy the festival. Special thanks go to Mullucks Wells for sponsoring the festival for the fifth year running. If you are interested becoming a friend of the festival, please contact us. Keep updated with news for next year’s festival on Facebook and Twitter.

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