Blackburn Festival of Speech, Music & Dance.





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General Regulations Music & Speech

  1. All entries must be sent to the Secretary of the appropriate section on or before the closing entry date specified in each section, accompanied by the fee and a stamped addressed envelope for the competitor's card.
  2. The committee reserves the right to refuse any entry and also to withdraw any class in which there are insufficient entries.
  3. The order of competing in all classes will be decided by ballot and performers will be informed of the time of the competition.
  4. Music -'Own Choice' items must be stated on the entry form giving Title, Work, Composer and duration, and must not include any piece set in this syllabus. Pieces should not be used in more than one class, and changes will not be permitted after the closing entry date otherwise performers will be disqualified.
    Copies for the Accompanist should be sent to the Music Secretaries with the entry form, and should be clearly labelled with the Class, Title and Name and address of the competitor, by 24 March 2017
    Accompanists reserve the right not to play if music is not sent by the required time
    Copies for the Adjudicator to be brought to the competition.

    Speech-'Own Choice' - for copyright purposes, the Work, Title, Author, Time & Publisher should be stated on the entry form, changes will not be permitted after the closing entry date of 10 March 2017 otherwise performers will be disqualified. Copies to be sent to the Speech Secretary by otherwise 3 marks will be deducted from the mark awarded.
  5. Any protest must be in writing, duly signed, stating the cause and must be delivered to the Secretary on the day of the competition, together with a fee of £5 which will be refunded if the protest is upheld.
  6. Performers should report for the class 20 minutes before the appointed time, and may forfeit the right to compete in the class if they do not do so, subject to an appeal to the Chairman or Secretary of the Committee, who in exceptional circumstances may allow the appeal. The starting times of the classes are approximate, so classes may start before or after the time stated on the ticket.
  7. All test pieces in any class must be performed by the named individual. No competitor will be able to perform more than once in the same class, except in groups, duets and trios and then only twice with a different partner/s and performing a different piece. In Instrumental classes competitors may play twice but with a different instrument and piece.
  8. The Official accompanist must play for all solo and duet classes, unless otherwise stated.
  9. In classes where special conditions are laid down, failure to observe the said conditions will disqualify the entrant.
  10. MARKS- 85% or more must be attained to qualify for a trophy except in classes for 12 years and under and Novice when 80% must be attained. Certificates will be awarded to the first three places in classes 18 years and under.
  11. Mark Descriptor
    75 -- 77 A performance limited in its communication
    78 -- 80 A performance showing development of technique and/or communication
    81 -- 83 A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.
    84 -- 86 A convincing performance technically and artistically.
    87 -- 89 An excellent performance technically and artistically.
    90 An exceptional performance both technically and artistically (This mark range will usually be 90 - 95 except in the rarest of performances)
  12. Where an age limit is mentioned, the age must be reckoned as on the opening date of the relevant section. Performers may be asked to provide a Birth Certificate.
  13. Performers are reminded that it is against the law to reproduce copyright music by photocopying or any other means without the permission of the copyright owner.
  14. Transposition from the key in which the test piece is written is not allowed. All test pieces must be played or sung as printed.
  15. All competitions, unless otherwise stated, shall be open to amateurs only. For the purpose of this Festival the following definitions apply:

    Amateur -- any person whose livelihood is derived from services other than teaching and performing music, speech and drama
    Novice -- any competitor who has never won a first place at any recognised Festival.
    Student Teacher -- any competitor who does not derive his/her sole income from teaching.
  16. Trophies will be held for one year and should be returned to the Trophy Secretary at least one month prior to the next annual Festival. The holders of the same will be required to enter into bond for the safe custody and return. Any damage should be repaired by the competitor and engraving on the trophy is at the winner's expense and must be carried out before the above mentioned time.
  17. Entry fees include the Adjudicator's remarks which will be available at the end of each class or session. No entry fee is returnable unless absence is due to illness, in which case a small percentage will be retained to cover expenses.
  18. The Committee shall have the power to decide all other matters connected with the conduct of the Festival not provided for in these regulations.
  19. All communications must be addressed to the relevant Secretary, accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.
  20. Communications with the Adjudicator concerning any matter relating to the Festival by competitors, teachers or other interested parties prior to or during the competitions is prohibited.
  21. Video recording, flash photography and tape recording during any performance is NOT ALLOWED



GENERAL REGULATIONS DANCE

  1. All entries and communications must be sent to the Dance secretary on or before  accompanied by the appropriate fee.
  2. The Festival is open to amateurs only and the following definitions apply:

    Amateur: Any person whose livelihood is derived from services other than teaching and performing dancing
    Novice: Competitors may only compete as a novice in those sections in which they have not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place at any recognised competition.
    Student. Any Competitor who does not derive his/her sole income from
    Teacher teaching.
  3. Age of competitor as on 21 April 2018
  4. No re-dancing is permitted except in BABIES (6 & under) and NOVICES
  5. Classes may be combined if insufficient entries are received for a particular section.
  6. No pointe work in Solo classes 12 years & under.
  7. Competitors may enter only once in each Solo Class but twice in duets & trios and then only with a different partner performing a different dance.
  8. No dancing out of section.
  9. Competitors are asked to provide their own music. If re-recorded, permission must be obtained from the record company concerned. The Festival does not accept responsibility for the infringement of current copyright recording or performing rights arising out of any competitor's accompaniment or performance. A CD player will be provided.
  10. Vocal tapes are not permitted except in Song and Dance Classes
  11. Video recording, flash photography or tape recording during any performance is prohibited.
  12. MARKS 85% or more must be attained to qualify for a trophy except in classes for 10 years & under and novice when 80% must be attained. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the first three places. Certificates for 75% and over will be awarded to competitors 10 years and under and novices. Trophies and certificates may be withheld at the discretion of the Adjudicator whose decision is final.
    DESCRIPTORS
    90 An exceptional performance, both technically and artistically.
    87-89 An excellent performance technically and artistically.
    84-86 A convincing performance technically and artistically.
    81-83 A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.
    78-80 A performance showing development of technique and/or communication.
    75-77 A performance limited in its communication
  13. Trophies to be held for one year and returned to the Trophy Secretary at the time of the Dance Festival, cleaned and ready to be presented. The holders of the same will be required to enter into bond for the safe keeping and return, any damage should be repaired by the competitor. Engraving on the trophy is at the winner's expense and must be carried out before the 26 April 2014
  14. Competitors should report at least 20 minutes before the class is due to start. Those who are absent at the appointed time will forfeit the right to compete in that class, subject to an appeal to the Chairman or Secretary of the committee, who in exceptional circumstances may allow an appeal.
  15. Entry fees include the Adjudicator's remarks which will be available at the end of each class. Entry fees are not returnable unless absence is due to illness in which case a small percentage will be retained to cover expenses.
  16. Communications with the Adjudicator concerning any matters relating to the Festival by competitors, teachers or other interested parties prior to or during the competition is prohibited.
  17. Any protest must be in writing, duly signed, stating the reason, and must be delivered to the secretary on the day of the competition, together with a fee of £5 which will be refunded if the protest is upheld.
  18. The Executive Committee shall have power to decide all other matters connected with the conduct of the Festival not provided for in these regulations.

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Child Protection Policy Statement of

The British and International Federation of Festivals.

The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech work for amateur festivals everywhere to help create thousands of educational performance opportunities for children and young people each year.

The Federation, and our member festivals, are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend best practice which protects them.

This policy applies to our Board of Trustees, paid staff, Adjudicator members, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of the Federation and our member Festivals.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people's welfare.

The purpose of the policy:

  • to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our festivals, including the children of festival members
  • to provide staff and volunteers with guidance and procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

The Federation will review this policy each year in November in line with Safe Network guidance or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated to our member Festivals in time for the start of the new festival year.

National Safeguarding Unit (NSU) - Safe Activities For Everyone

 

 

FULL NAME OF ORGANISATION
Blackburn Festival of Speech Music and Dance

CHAIRMAN Mrs Margaret Wilson
SECRETARY Mrs Anne Collingridge
TREASURER Mr David Bedford

VENUES: Westholme Theatre and School and St. Peter's Church, Salesbury.

 

The safety of the children and members of other vulnerable groups is paramount and all, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, responded to swiftly and appropriately and all the festival's trustees/organisers/staff volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns.

            

PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF THE ORGANISATION

The festival provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians/dancers/speakers.

 

THE FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENT

The Blackburn Festival is held in the Westholme Theatre and school, Blackburn and St. Peter's Church, Salesbury and is run by volunteers. There are Stewards on all doors to provide a safe environment for children attending the Festival and they are available to help as required. There is always more than one Steward in a room at any one time. The Festival is also a registered charity.

It is the policy to inform and involve parents/guardians/carers and teachers in partnership with you in order to ensure, as far as it is reasonably practicable, a safe environment at our festival. We do this by ensuring that you receive a copy of this policy at the time you are making arrangements to attend our festival.

TO WHOM DOES THIS POLICY APPLY

This policy relates to children under 18 years of age and members of vulnerable groups of any age whose needs are identified to the festival organisers by parents/guardians/carers and/or teachers prior to their arrival at the festival.  This should be done by contacting the address or telephone number at the foot of this document. Our festival actively seeks to, wherever possible, to meet these needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support or to let you know we are unable to help.

 

 FESTIVAL PERSONNEL

All personnel connected with the Blackburn Festival are volunteers, whose details are held by the Committee. This policy will be sent to all Festival volunteers before the start of the Festival to make them aware of the need to safeguard the children who are performing. Every  helper is identified by a badge stating their position and any queries can be answered by them  or by a committee member.  All jobs are reviewed to see if an enhanced disclosure from the CRB/DBS is required. There is a private area where any concerns may be expressed and every problem will be taken seriously , documented and dated.

PREPARATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE FESTIVAL

All parents/guardians and teachers should be aware of their responsibilities at the Festival. 

FOR INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES this policy will be sent out by post with the entry tickets to all parents, guardians, carers, teachers.

FOR PRIVATE TEACHERS AND GROUP LEADERS WITH MULTIPLE ENTRIES the policy will be sent, together with the teachers' letter which MUST be signed and returned to the festival by the teacher/leader to say s/he has passed on all the information to the parents.

If teachers don't send back signed papers to say the policy has been distributed, entries cannot be accepted as it may damage our organisation irreparably if we fail to follow our Safeguarding policy.

FOR STATE SCHOOLS OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS where the entry is a "school regulated event" and arrangements are made by the school with teachers attending with the pupils, one copy of the policy will be sent to the school.

Where parents/guardians/carers are not personally attending with their children, this Policy requires them to be satisfied that their children will be accompanied to the festival and adequately supervised by responsible adults acting on their behalf.

 PERFORMANCE AND CHANGING AREAS

Children at the Dance Festival will have appropriate Female, Male and Family changing facilities and the performers will be directed accordingly. The Festival volunteers are not responsible for these or any other public areas.

 PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOTAPES and PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

No photography of any kind is allowed at the Festival during performances in the Theatres. Still personal photographs are allowed in the public areas. Press photography may be permitted of trophy winners, at the discretion of the Festival committee and parents. This is stipulated in the syllabus and on notices around the halls and the entry ticket.

 THE LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE THAT SUPPORTS THIS POLICY

  • The Police Act 1997:
  • The Children Act 1989:
  • The Data Protection Act 1998:
  • The Human Rights Act 1998:
  • The Protection of Children Act 1999:
  • The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000:
  • The Children Act 2004:
  • The Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

 POLICY REVIEW

The organisers will constantly review their policy, improving and enhancing it as necessary. In doing this they will look to the British & International Federation of Festivals for support and that body, in turn will look to other agencies for good practice, most notably the NSPCC and the Arts Council of England policy guidelines.

Any queries contact Festival Secretary

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The Festival is affiliated to the
THE BRITISH & INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FESTIVALS
for Music, Dance & Speech
Patron
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
Registered Charity No 222789

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