Southend Musical Festival
The Southend Musical Festival is a competitive festival of music and drama.
Syllabus and Entry Forms are available from the following shops:
The Book Inn, 49 Broadway West, Leigh-on-Sea
Allegro Music, 252/254 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
Quinn’s, The Broadway, Thorpe Bay
SOUTHEND MUSICAL FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS for 2014
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 Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 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 in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony No. 2 at Coventry Cathedral and in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Cadogan Hall, London.
She currently teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge where she also organises annual masterclasses with artists such as Michael Chance OBE, Ann Murray DBE, Roderick Williams and Joan Rodgers CBE. She also teaches at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London with co-editor Heidi Pegler. She is a Grade and 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 at The Winchester Solo Singers Course and also in conjunction with Suzi Digby OBE and The Voices Foundation.
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. The series now comprises seven volumes and provides a resource for students and teachers learning to sing in foreign languages. It is also now available in an online format at www.languageofsong.co.uk.
STRINGS – Lorraine Deacon, GRSM(Hons), LRAM
Lorraine Deacon studied the ’cello with Douglas Cummings and chamber music with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst there was awarded the Manson Prize for the Performance of Contemporary Music by Sir Michael Tippett. She subsequently undertook further studies with David Smith of the Alberni Quartet.
Her performing career ranges from West End theatre to the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and recordings include the haunting cello solo on Katie Melua’s cover of “Turn to Tell”. She is now principal ’cellist with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and gives regular recitals as a member of the Perseus Trio. Concerto performances include the Elgar and Walton concerti under conductor Philip Ellis.
Now based in Berkshire she teaches ’cello at Wellington College and was the cello coach for the Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust scholarship scheme, working with advanced young cellists aspiring to a career in music. Lorraine is very much committed to her educational work and many former and existing pupils have been awarded music scholarships to major public schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, and Charterhouse, or gained places at specialist centres such as Chethams and The Purcell School, and many others have gone on to study at the country’s leading conservatoires.
SPEECH AND DRAMA – Tish Nicoll, LGSM, DipCE, FESB, MSTSD
Born in Aberdeen, Tish trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She has a wide range of experience in teaching all age groups in schools, colleges and in the business world and is visiting lecturer in vocal communications in colleges in the UK and in Italy. Tish examines for the English Speaking Board (International) Ltd.
As well as ‘Voice Over’ work, she has experience as a performer and a director and is a trained singer, specialising in recitals of poetry and song. From an early age Tish took part in festivals and is the Organiser and Chairman of the Chipping Norton Festival.
PIANOFORTE –Dennis Lee, B.Mus, M.MusRCM, LRSM, ARCM
Dennis Lee was born in Penang, Malaysia. At age 14, he won an Associated Board scholarship to study violin and piano (with Angus Morrison) at the Royal College of Music, London. There he was awarded the ARCM (Hons) in both instruments, and won many prizes including: John Hopkinson Gold Medal and Peter Norris Prize, Joy Scott Prize, as well as the Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student. In 1967 he received the Bachelor of Music degree from London University with the only First Class Honours given for that particular syllabus. The next year, he attained the Master of Music degree from the Royal College. An Austrian Government scholarship then took him to Vienna where under Josef Dichler, he won the Akademie Diploma with distinction, and the Stepanow Prize. Later he studied with Ilonka Deckers in Milan.
He has won many prizes at competitions, e.g. the BBC, Casagrande, Busoni and Sydney. Festival appearances include Montreux, Spoleto, Brescia-Bergamo (Italy), Varna Summer (Bulgaria), Adelaide, Cheltenham, Brighton, Singapore Arts Festival, etc.. He has performed with most of the BBC orchestras, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Slovak Chamber, Varna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony etc.. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Libor Pesek, Okko Kamu etc..
Dennis Lee has broadcast frequently for the BBC. In the USA he has appeared several times at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia etc.. His recording of Szymanowski works (Hyperion/Helios CDH 55081) aroused much international acclaim, while his complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas has been warmly received. He continues to perform widely in the USA, Canada, Europe and South-east Asia. He was an ABRSM examiner for over 30 years, and is also in demand as lecturer and festival adjudicator. He has judged the Canadian Music Competition (Finals) in Toronto, as well as the London International Piano Competition. Recent appearances include the Singapore International Piano Festival, HSBC Piano Festival (Kuala Lumpur), recitals in Malaysia, Canada, USA, France and Germany.
He has been Artist in Residence at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore as well as in Los Angeles at the convention of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (2006). Future engagements include recitals in Britain, Canada, the USA and the Far East.
He has been invited to perform at the Singapore National Museum in conjunction with a loan of French Impressionist paintings from the Musee d’Orday in Paris, and in 2012 was invited to perform with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for the 10th anniversary of the Esplanade Cultural Centre.
Dennis Lee is a Steinway Artist.
WOODWIND AND BRASS – James Stretton, FTCL, GTCL, LTCL, PGCE
James grew up in the Warwickshire County music service culminating in a performance of Bach’s notorious 2nd Brandenburg concerto aged 17. He went on to become a graduate and fellow of Trinity College of Music, London. He has performed with many of the countries leading orchestras including the CBSO, RLPO and the London Concert Orchestra, and in the brass band world he is a former member of both the banding giants Grimethorpe Colliery & Black Dyke. In professional theatre he has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company both in UK and on tour in USA, most recently in the acclaimed production of Richard 2nd with David Tennant.
In 2005 he left his position of Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College, North Yorkshire to develop his company orichalcum – World of Brass, which utilises James’ highly unusual ability to play all the members of the Brass family. His Brassed Up! shows tour all over the UK and beyond and can be viewed on YouTube. In addition to his work as virtuoso multi brass instrumentalist James also works as an examiner, adjudicator and Head of Brass at Worksop College.
We would like to draw your attention to the following significant changes:
Class 1 – Premier Choirs: one song must be chosen from a list of specified composers
Class 5 - is now for Community Choirs
Class 13 – Show Choir/Glee Club: must now include choreographed movement/dance
Classes 26 and 27 Lieder - have been replaced by one “International Art Song” class
Classes 66 and 67 - Humorous Song: have been omitted, and Class 65 changed to 16 years and over.
The Joy Elliott Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winner of Class 13 (Chamber Choirs)
The Helen Street Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winner of Class 40 (Girls’ Solo 13 to 15 years)
Peter Parsons Prizes have been allocated to five classes in the Singing section (please refer to the Syllabus for details)
Woodwind & Brass Syllabus
We would like to draw your attention to the following new prizes:
Class 283 – Brass Recital 15 years and under (new £25 cash prize)
Class 256 – Brass Recital 16 years and over (new £25 cash prize).
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that some age ranges have been changed to allow more flexibility – please refer to the Syllabus for details. Also:
Class 340: is now for Harp Solo, any age
Class 344 – Senior Unaccompanied Solo: now allows arrangements
Class 385 – Strings Chamber Music: has been split into 13 years & under and Any Age
The following prizes have been donated by Peter Parsons:
Class 307 – Contemporary Solo, Violin/Viola (£20)
Class 308 – Contemporary Solo, Cello/Bass (£20)
Class 309 – Violin/Viola Solo 11, 12 & 13 years (£20)
Class 319 – Cello Solo 16 years & over (£20)
Class 341 – Guitar Solo 16 years & over (£20).
We would like to draw your attention to the Music Man Project class (409), which is specifically for those with a learning difficulty who enjoy making music as a group. The class is the idea of David Stanley, who is the inspiration for the Music Man Project (for more details of this amazing project please go to www.themusicmanproject.co.uk).
Speech & Drama Syllabus
We would like to draw your attention to the following new classes and prizes:
Class 513 - a new non-competitive Verse Speaking class for 4 year-olds; this is a class for very young performers to enjoy their first Festival experience.
Peter Parsons Book Prizes have been donated for the following Verse Speaking classes:
Class 503 (16 years & over)
Class 504 (14 & 15 years)
Class 505 (12 & 13 years)
Class 506 (11 years)
Class 507 (10 years)
Class 508 (9 years)
Class 509 (8 years)
Class 510 (7 years)
Class 511 (6 years)
Class 512 (5 years).
PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FORM FOR EACH ENTRY and send, with the appropriate fee, to
The Entries Secretary, Grosvenor House, 105 Chalkwell Esplanade, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8JJ (telephone 01702-480680).
The closing date for ALL ENTRIES in ALL SECTIONS is Saturday 27th September 2014. No late entries are accepted.
2014 Entry Form PDF
Fees for entries and accompanists
Competitors are allowed one free solo (non-recital) entry out of every five entries submitted. Where applicable, this concession extends to the Accompanist Fee. Members of the same family may add their entries together to benefit from this concession.
Where age is pertinent to determining the appropriate class and fee, this should be the age of the competitor(s) at 31st August immediately preceding the Festival (any exceptions to this general rule will be stated against individual classes).
We regret that once entries have been accepted, we are not in a position to refund fees.
ENTRY FEES (applies to all Sections):
Solo Entrants 15 years & under £5.00; 16 years & over £6.00; 60 years & over £5.00
Duets (any age): £7.00
Trios (any age): £9.00
Quartets/groups up to 10 members: £12.00
Larger groups (more than 10 members): £16.00
Recitals (any age): £12.00
Choirs (any age): £15.00
15 years & under £4.00; 16 years & over £6.00; 60 years & over £4.00
The Accompanist Fee covers the cost of one rehearsal and the Festival performance; competitors must meet the cost of any further rehearsals themselves. You will be informed of your Accompanist on the Attendance Slip – he or she should be telephoned as soon as possible to arrange a rehearsal.
For information about the Festival, please contact the Honorary General Secretary, Annette Forkin, on 01702-341195 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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