Singing Section: Rules

Please also see the General Regulations.

Please read these rules carefully - they may change from year to year. Any variation from
these rules may result in disqualification. Also see the General Regulations.
  • Credit will be given for choice of repertoire, presentation, dress and deportment. No Jeans or Trainers please.
  • No Costume allowed unless otherwise stated. Props are not allowed (note: a chair is not regarded as a prop).

Use of copies

  • Solo Singers are expected to memorise their songs except in Bach or Oratorio classes (Classes 2204, 2220, 2224) or in Class 2280 (Seniors  age 60 and over), when copies can be used
  • Choirs competing in classes 2372, 2373, 2374 and 2377 are permitted to use copies if necessary.  Other choirs should sing from memory.

Set Songs and Own Choice pieces

  • Set songs must be sung in the edition shown in the Syllabus.  Anyone unable to obtain music for the set songs should contact the General Secretary.
  • The same song may not be sung in different classes by the same performer, unless specifically stated in the syllabus
  • For "Own Choice" pieces. Sutability must be considered with regard to age group. "Adult" or offensive material is not acceptable and the Adjudicators will be advised to take this into account when marking. They will also have authority to stop any performance at their discretion which would lead to disqualification.
  •  In Junior singing classes (age under 18) set pieces or own choices may be sung in any key, and transpositions are allowed.


  • All singing classes to be accompanied by the piano unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the regulations regarding accompanists.

Silver Medal eligibility 

  • A winner of a Bronze Medal may enter for the Silver Medal in subsequent years, even if under 15 years old.

Non-transferable entries and substitutes

  • Teachers please note: Solo entries are not transferable, although substitutes are permitted in duet, trio and ensemble classes
Junior Folk Song Special Offer (Classes 2104, 2108 and 2112)
  • Enter three solo singing classes and get a Folk Song entry free (note: the free class will not count towards any other offer)

Solo Singing Selections
It is becoming increasingly difficult to buy songs as single copies, and for that reason it may be necessary to buy a collection or cycle for the sake of one set song.We appreciate that this will be more expensive but trust that these anthologies will be a valuable addition to a singer’s library.
Unless otherwise stated, all Junior singing set pieces are available from:
Brittens Music, Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells
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NB. Set Songs for John Lockey Championship Classes 2140 -2160 available from

In case of difficulty obtaining set pieces, please contact the Section Secretary. Tel. 07768462185. 

Provisional Dates - Please note different schedule this year
The provisional dates for Singing Classes are: 
Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March  ...Junior Singing, John Lockey heats and Intermediate Singing.
Friday, 9th  March....Schools Choirs day, Brownies, Guides  and Senior  Choirs evening.
Wednesday 14 March....The John Lockey, The June Elgar and the Gold Medal  Championships.
Thursday 15th Pop Songs and Musical Showcase and Friday 16th  Show Songs
Saturday 17th March..... Folk Fest. 
The timetable is kept flexible to adapt to the number of entries received.  
Final timetable of classes will be available on the Festival website in January 2017


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