All entrants in a Class should be present at least 15 minutes before the start of the Class and book in at the Steward’s Desk.

The order of performance will be as per the order in the programme.

All Instrumental and Voice entrants must supply a copy of their music for the adjudicator, and bring it with them on the day.

The adjudicator may at her or his discretion recall an entrant at the end of a Class to perform a second time inorder to re-assess the adjudication and report.

Any entrant unable to perform during their Class for a valid reason may, at the discretion of the Adjudicator, perform at another suitable point and receive an adjudication but no placing for the class.

Entrants may perform in as many classes as they choose but may not use the same piece of music in more than one class.

Entrants may perform on more than one instrument in these classes:

  • Class 2 Classical Solo Woodwind
  • Class 3 Classical Solo Brass
  • Class 4 Classical Solo Strings
  • Class 19 Jazz Solo Instrument
  • Class 23 Folk/World Solo Instrument

The use of CD accompaniment is permitted in certain classes. Where this is allowed there is an option to tick ‘CD Accompaniment’ when registering for the class

The Colchester Rotary Singer of the Year and Colchester Rotary Musician of the Year will be awarded on the day of the Festival.   All cups and salvers will be presented at the end of the class.

One instrumentalist and one singer who are under 18 on August 31st 2019 may be invited to go forward for the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition 2020.


Our adjudicator for 2019

Richard Deering Photo 100x100     Richard Deering

Richard has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for over 30 years adjudicating an average of 12 festivals a year, including many overseas festivals, as a piano specialist and generalist. He has given piano performances – soloist and accompanist – in over 90 countries and has held teaching positions in establishments such as London College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Cambridge University and New York State University. He is also highly involved in the setting and examining of the Trinity Guildhall syllabus. His Federation work included serving on the Central Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Adjudicator’s Council and with the administration of the PGCA qualification.