City of Plymouth Festival

2023 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

Cups & Trophies
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City of Plymouth Festival Cup Winners

The Safe Return of all Festival Cups and Trophies

Auditing and preparing returned cups ready for presentation is a mammoth task and requires a lot of time, effort and space.

The cups and trophies presented and needing to be returned are those which had been presented the previous year, in the 2022 Dance, Music, and Speech and Drama festivals.

So, to support and make this task as easy as possible for our Cup Secretary Carolyne, we ask that the dance cups and trophies, are returned to her by the 16th of June 2023.

Also, a reminder that the Music, Speech and drama cups need to be returned by October 1st 2023.

Cups and trophies should be engraved with the name of the performer who had won the class and had been presented with the award. Similarly, the names of all performers in duet, trio and quad classes should be engraved on the award.

The cup or trophy should then be returned to Carolyne.

Cups and trophies can be delivered in person to Carolyne’s home address and left in the labelled box in her back garden. Or, they can be boxed, carefully wrapped and 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.

Cups for Most Festival Classes

At Plymouth Festival we are very proud that the majority of classes across all three festivals, have a cup or trophy that is awarded to the winner of each class.

Some of the trophies have been a part of our festival’s history and have been awarded to competitors over many years. It’s very interesting looking at the inscription on each of the awards as they hold a story from years gone by. In addition, the names of previous winners often fascinate and inspire the young performers of today.

Each and every trophy is cherished and valued for these reasons and that is why we ask everyone in possession to take care of their trophy and treat it with the respect it deserves for the year they hold it.

We always encourage winners to have their name professionally engraved on their trophy.

In future years young dancers will be able to look back and perhaps have a story of their own to tell.

Late Return of Cups and Trophies

Six performers at the 2017 Music, Speech and Drama Festivals were very disappointed when they were presented with an A4 printed picture of the cup they had won because the actual cup had not been returned.

Adjudicator and poet Eleanor McLeod was so upset by this she wrote a poem!..

The Lost Cup

He won a cup in the festival

For saying his poem the best

It was silver with two big handles

And his friends were really impressed.

He decided to drink a toast from it

But it didn’t taste very nice –

His mother had polished the silver

So he hid it away in a trice.

It languished inside a cupboard

Never seeing the light of day,

And he forgot about performing

And the cup was hidden away.

Next year when another performer

Won the class and needed the prize,

They could only get a picture

Which rather spoilt the surprise.

If only he had retrieved it

From its cave in the dark recess,

Someone else could enjoy it

And his friends would have been impressed.

So don’t keep your cups in hiding

Please make sure they return

And we thank you profoundly

And a round of applause you will earn.

Written exclusively for the Plymouth Festival by Eleanor McLeod ©2017

So, please don’t disappoint yourself or fellow performers. Please make sure your cups and trophies are returned to our Cup Secretary Carolyne Cunningham by the required deadline.

  • June 1st the following year for Dance Festival cups and trophies
  • September 1st the following year for Music, Speech and Drama awards
  • 01752 895254 or 07881 303204

Cup Donation

2015 saw six brand new trophies donated to the Dance Festival, one for each of the Championship Classes. This has meant that for the first time in the Festival’s history the outstanding achievement of winning a Championship Class has been properly recognised and appropriately recorded on a trophy.

For the 2016 Dance Festival music teacher and conductor Brian Gerry, known and respected by many across Plymouth, very kindly donated a trophy to be awarded by the adjudicator, for the most memorable song and dance solo from across the festival.

An additional Special Award was donated by Angela Drew’s partner Leo Catchpole. This was awarded and presented by the adjudicator to the group performance with the best Musical Theatre. The Festival would like to thank Brian and Leo very much for their generosity.

2017 saw Class L1 Lyrical Modern for 7 to 9 year olds split into two class – ClassL1a for 7 and 8 year old dancers and Class L1b for dancers aged 9. You may also notice that Classes 12, 46 and L4 have also been split.

2018 saw new cups donated to all three festival sections. Lara Cook, Alison Welsford and The Groovement Project each donated a cup to the dance festival. Amy Clarke donated three cups for the newly introduced musical theatre classes in the Speech and Drama festival and the “Pol lu Quaich” award was donated to the music festival by her parents. Many thanks to those who presented cups and trophies.