City of Plymouth Festival

2022 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

Music: Instrumental
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The 2022 City of Plymouth Music Instrumental Festival

We are very excited to announce that the 2022 Instrumental section of our Music festival has been scheduled to run on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2021.

As usual it will be held at Sherwell Church, PL4 8ER. Directions are available on this page.

The Important Documents section at the top of this page will soon contain the syllabus for each of the November 2022 festivals.

A short syllabus is the list of classes available in each section. So, there is an instrumental short syllabus, a speech and drama short syllabus and a short syllabus for the vocal section.

The Music, Speech and Drama Syllabus is a full syllabus and contains information and classes regarding all three of the festivals.

Once available, click on the short syllabus you require to download it.

Nancy Litten

The adjudicator for the Instrumental Section of our 2022 City of Plymouth Music Festival is:

Nancy Litten

Qualifications: LRAM(pft), LRAM(vln), ATCL(Voice), FLCM(kbd), CertEd, ProfCertRA

Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. She also studied violin to a high level, freelanced as an orchestral player, and led a string quartet.

Nancy has co-authored three violin tutors in the Playing with Colour series. She has performed as a soloist, chamber music and orchestral player on both instruments and as a piano accompanist. She has taught in primary, secondary and specialist music schools, privately and on courses. Her arrangements of favourite piano pieces for piano trio (piano, violin and cello), Classical Vienna and Romantic Vienna have recently been published.

Nancy has advised ABRSM and Trinity exam boards on electronic keyboard, had a series of keyboard tutors, Keyed Up, published by Alfred UK, and has written many compositions and arrangements for exam syllabuses. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012.

Singing is another string to her bow and she has many years experience of conducting choirs. Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for Pianists, Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with Keyboard Harmony, and Rounds with Accompaniment have been published by Alfred UK.

Nancy has been an ABRSM examiner since 1998, involving much travel in the UK and abroad. She is Chair of the Kent region of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers Association). She has been an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals since 2014 and serves on the Adjudicators Council.

Safe return of all Festival cups and trophies

Auditing returned cups is a mammoth task and requires a lot of time and space.

Cups and trophies needing to be returned were those presented in the 2021 Music Instrumental festival.

So, to support and make this task as easy as possible for Carolyne, we ask that they are returned to her by the 1st of October 2022.

Cups and trophies should be engraved with the name of the performer who had won the class and had been presented with the award.

The names of all performers in duet, trio and quad classes should be engraved on the award.

It should then be returned to Carolyne.

Cups and trophies can be delivered in person to Carolyne’s home, be left in the labelled box in Carolyne’s back garden, or they can be posted to the address below:

If you have any queries regarding the return of your cup or trophy please contact Carolyne. You can also contact her to make a personal arrangement. She is always very helpful.

Supervision of Performers

Please remember that for the duration of a festival all teachers, parents, guardians and carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children or pupils. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children or pupils are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Festival venues, performance and practice and changing areas that are be provided.

For your information, please read Plymouth festival’s Safer Festivals Statement which can be downloaded from the Important Documents section at the top of this page.

The Festival Performance

The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of an audience and receive a mark and feedback from a qualified adjudicator.

The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, including attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the accompanist.

Please remember to use our website and Facebook and Twitter pages to receive notifications regarding all three of our festivals.