FESTIVAL OF STRINGS & BANDS
VENUE: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat.
Adjudicators: Rob McWilliams, Stuart Brownely, Jo Heaton to be advised
SECTION CHAIR: Ric Dunlop
ASSISTED BY: Brian McLnnes
Our appreciation is extended to Freemasons Victoria for their support.
To be read in conjunction with General Conditions.
1. The Conductor is NOT to play with his or her orchestra or group. Open age sections and Stage Band sections excepted
2. In sections that have a maximum number of players specified, not more than 2 players may be inter changed between items, but the maximum number of players must not be exceeded on stage at any time.
3. Competitors not to repeat an item in another section. (See General Rule 1.5).
4. Own accompanist must be provided. (See General Rule 5.1).
Acoustic musiconly permitted.
5. If warm-up room is notavailable, bands allowed 5 minutes warm up on stage.
6. Band must remain in position set, prior to rise of curtain.
7. Percussion ensembles MUST use equipment supplied but may add to existing list.
8. In Concert Bandsection 830, 831, 832, 833, 834 schools may choose the section they enter. Section 834 is only open to bands that play at an elite level. A selection process for this section will take place. Players must be currently attending the school for which they enter. Age limit 20 years. Schools may interchange no more than 6 players between two groups. i.e. 6 players may play for a Junior Band and a Senior Band in two sections or Junior or Intermediate, or Intermediate and Senior, etc. Small schools that have difficulty in forming a band may combine with neighbouring schools, but this combined band must practise at least weekly during the year.
ANY SCHOOL NOT COMPLYING WITH THE ABOVE RULE MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO PERFORM.
All musical directors must ensure that when submitting their scores that instruments not present as marked on the score are to be blacked out for the entirety of that score. All scores presented “should” be double side printed. The head of music from each school must submit a signed declaration that competing students are currently attending the school for which they are competing.
Two copies of music for adjudicators required in 830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 835, 836, 837, 838, 854, 855 and 856 each copy MUST have a Copyright Declaration Form attached to the front.
All entrants must present copies of pieces to be played for Concert Band and String Orchestra sections to the Registration desk at least 15 minutes before they attend the warm up room on the day of the Competitions. (We no longer need copies in advance).
Competitors must have on stage during their performance an original set of the music that they are playing. (Copyright law)
Copiesof your music for the adjudicator/s must have all of the bars numbered.
10. Competitors MUST submit Instrumental Pre-registration forms by Friday 3 June 2016. The PROGRAMME DETAILS FORM and the STAGE PLAN AND EQUIPMENT FORM., must be submitted by
11. V.C.E. Students may enter more than once in aVCE solo section as long as they play a different instrument for each entry. Instrument to be played must be included on each entry form. Where VCE Groups may enter more than once in a VCE group section the same instrument may be played. Teachers are permitted to playin this section. A detailed list of all percussion instruments provided will be sent to all schools and available on our website. Ensemble competitors will not be permitted to substitute any of the supplied instruments with their own, but may add to the kit if necessary. Note that VCE entries will be run as per VCAA Guidelines.
12. TIMING. All competitors will be timed as per the maximum time limit mentioned in each section. Excess performance of more than 2 minutesmay result in exclusion from receiving a prize/award. The decision will be at the discretion of the adjudicator.
13. All bands, orchestras or combinations of more than 12, players must provide ONE set up person responsible for the stage set up per item played.
14. EXEMPTION FROM PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
Any Concert Bandsthat wish to play a major work may apply for an exemption of their performancecriteria relating to both parts of section 833 the Senior Concert Bands sectiononly. For applications to be considered performance time must be a minimum of 15 minutes. Requests must be forwarded in writing with a copy of the score no later than Friday 15 July, 2016. Schools must choose from the lists provided, but are advised to carefully select their pieces and ensure special condition 14 is adhered to.
15. Schools must choose sections they enter carefully to ensure that in the opinion of the adjudicators there is no advantage andeven competition is conducted.
16.. NOVICE A novice band is made up of beginning students who have been learning their instrument no longer than 18 months
17. Stage Bands: 1 solo microphone is available duringstage bands for use.
PLEASE NOTE: Sound levels will not be monitored or adjusted during performances. Schools are to indicate the use of this microphone on their instrument list provided for each performance.
School educational groups of 10 or more, for a fee of $2 per student, may be part of the audience,providing they are effectively supervised and attired in School Uniform. Students that are playing in an evening session would need to be registered as a school group and pay to be a part of the audience in an afternoon session. Prior arrangement for these education group bookings must be made with the RSSS office
19. Age limit will be deemed as at the 1stJanuary of the current year.
20. In sections where there are two adjudicators, one will prepare a written critique, whilst the other will provide a recorded comment.
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