109th Festival Update

The 2021 Festival will now take place as an Online Festival only with Entries open from 11th January 2021 and closing on 8th February 2021.

Schedule of Adjudication Zoom Sessions

The Syllabus is available to download from this website here.

All key dates are showing in the panel on this page to the right.

On the days that Zoom Adjudication takes place a list of classes and entrants will feature below.

Welcome to a rather different format of the Chipping Norton Music Festival. If you have already entered then you might find these hints for presenting your video helpful or if you haven't entered yet its time to do it NOW!

Video recording.
General recording requirements: The performance should be recorded as one continuous audio-visual file – this means that once recording has started, the candidate should make their announcements, and perform all their repertoire in one continuous take. You can find full instructions covering the recording process below. Tuning before the exam does not need to be recorded, as the examiner only assesses the performance itself.
Recording devices and set-up;
Video resolution: Most modern smartphones, tablets and laptops will be suitable for the video recording of the exam. Camera resolution should be 720p (and should be set before the recording is made). This will give appropriate clarity. Lower resolution (e.g. 480p) may produce an unclear, grainy picture and higher resolutions are likely to result in files that are too large to upload successfully.
Video resolution can usually be altered in the device settings.
Camera position;
Either landscape or portrait view is acceptable. The camera should be static with candidate, instrument and music stand (if used) clearly in view, in order to enable an overall sense of performance. Where an accompanist is part of the performance, they should be in view, although the candidate should be the main the focus. ( If entrants are unhappy about their face being seen you can video from a reverse position) It is also important for the examiner to be able to hear the candidate and any accompaniment in appropriate balance.
For keyboard instruments, the whole of the keyboard(s) should be visible and, where applicable and possible, the pedals should also be in view. For percussion candidates, each instrument being played in the exam should be visible throughout (as the camera will be static).

Key Dates

  • Monday 11th January 2021
    Opening date for entries for 2021 Festival
  • Monday 8th February 2021
    Closing date for entries
  • Monday 15th February 2021
    Video Entries, Music and Scripts must submitted by today
  • Saturday 6th March 2021
    Festival opens with Junior and Senior Choirs
  • Sunday 7th March 2021
    Classical Guitar Classes
  • Monday 8th March 2021
    Woodwind & Brass Classes
  • Wednesday 10th March 2021
    Strings Classes
  • Friday 12th March 2021
    Piano Classes
  • Saturday 13th March 2021
    Piano Classes continue
  • Tuesday 16th March 2021
    Speech & Drama Classes
  • Friday 19th March 2021
    Senior Vocal Classes
  • Saturday 20th March 2021
    Festival ends with Junior Vocal Classes