2022 Syllabus


A copy of the 2022 Syllabus can be downloaded here, it’s also in web page format below.

The Burton upon Trent, Competitive Music Festival is a Member of The British and International Federation of Music, Dance, and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.

The aim of the Burton upon Trent Music Festival is to provide a platform for amateur performers to perform and receive a professional adjudication on their performance

Management Team 2021/2022

  • PRESIDENT: Coral Gould MBE
  • CHAIRMAN: Sharon Plummer LLCM
  • VICE CHAIRMAN: John Gould BA (OU)
  • SECRETARY: Anne Andrews
  • ENTRIES SECRETARY: Christine Eales
  • STEWARDS SECRETARY: Jean Edwards
  • TROPHIES SECRETARY: Patricia Thorpe
  • PUBLICITY SECRETARY: Jack Broughton
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Katie Robb, Carol Brittle Khan & Robert Adcock

Message From the Chairman

Hi everyone,

After the very strange year we’ve all experienced it’s great to know that we can hold the 2022 Festival at the Brewhouse once again and return to some normality. We are extremely grateful to all the entrants who participated in our “On line” festival in 2021. This format enabled us to carry on and once again we attracted a high standard of entrants and our adjudicator, Ben Costello was impressed with all entries.

Much of the syllabus for 2022 remains the same as pre-pandemic although we are continuing to offer Solo Piano classes, which we introduced this year to give our pianists an opportunity to shine as well as our talented vocalists. The ensemble classes will return although we are restricting the numbers of participants in each Ensemble to between 3 and 12 to avoid large gatherings and excess numbers of audience members. We are also offering a choice to the entrants in the Jazz class to use a backing track or piano accompanist.

We hope we will attract a similar number of entrants as our pre- pandemic levels, if not more and we encourage you to spread the word on our behalf.

Once again we have been fortunate to retain our wonderful sponsors, without whom, the Festival wouldn’t be what it is. We have also attracted a few new sponsors for the Piano classes and we welcome them and hope they will also continue to support us in years to come.

Our website has been updated and our online entry form, please do let us know your thoughts on the revamp and we will consider any changes suggested so that we always provide the best information and assistance possible.

If you have any questions about anything, please send us a message here, on our ‘contact us’ page and one of the team will reply back.

2022 Timescales

  • Online application form goes live from October 2021
  • Online applications including choice of pieces to be performed, to be recieved by midnight on Saturday 15th January 2022
  • Online payment to be made by midnight on Saturday 15th January 2022
  • Music for accompanist to be received by 1st February 2022 either by post to Mrs C Eales at 187 Ashby Road, Burton On Trent, DE14 0LB or by email to burtonvocalfestival@gmail.com
  • Backing tracks for Pop and Jazz classes to be recieved by Saturday 19th February 2022
  • Competitors age is taken on the 1st March 2021

Adjudicators 2022

Steven Roberts

MEd, BA(Hons), CertEd, BBCM, CMS

A music adjudicator since 2001; Steven sat on the Adjudicators Council and in 2017 was re-elected for his second term of office to the Board of Trustees.

He has successfully combined a career in education with his work as a conductor, musical director, and adjudicator, working both in this country and in Europe and as far afield as Peru and Bahrain, conducting, teaching & lecturing. Steven has conducted numerous concerts throughout this country but also in Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic and with a variety of Choirs, ensembles and orchestras, winds bands, and brass bands.

He studied piano, brass and voice and has worked in a variety of musical settings. He has worked alongside actors and dancers on many projects and has previously held the post of Director of External Relations at Barnsley College.

Belinda Mikhaïl

BMus(Hons),PgDipRCM,ARCM

Belinda Mikhaïl was awarded the Associated Board and the Queen Mother Scholarships to study piano and singing as a joint first study at the Royal College of Music where she won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for her final recital. Since graduating she has traveled extensively performing both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has appeared as a concerto soloist at the major London Concert Halls.

She has made numerous recordings for Sony BMG and Universal and is a vocal soloist on EMI’s Vocalise album as used in trailers for ER, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. She appears as the featured soloist on many film soundtracks and her solo piano playing of the theme from Chariots of Fire was heard at every medal ceremony at the London Olympic Games.

Belinda is also a vocal coach for classical, pop and rock singers and runs an extensive private teaching practice. Her students are enjoying major roles in theatre companies up and down the country as well as West End.

Belinda’s work as an adjudicator has seen her travel extensively to places such as Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.

Classes for 2022

Name of Class Sponsors and Award   Prize   Entry Fee
Class 1: 10 Years of age and under (Own Choice) The Heron Video Trophy & The D&C Eales Award  1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 2: 11 to 14 Years (Own Choice) The Albion Trophy and The Caroline Owen Award 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 3: 10 years of age and under (Show Song) The Mellow Dramatics Trophy and Award 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 4: 11 to 14 Years (Show Song) The Vadis Insurance Brokers Trophy The Stage Screen Award 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 5: 15 to 16 Years  (Show Song) The March Trophy 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 6: 15 Years of age and under (Classical Song) The Eric Reynolds Trophy and Ivy Smith Award 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 7: 15 to 18 Years (Classical Song) The Tim Lawrence Trophy and The Nick Lawrence Award 1st: £50 £7.25 
Class 8: Open Folk song , traditional (unaccompanied) The Anne Leatherland Award and Trophy 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £8.25 
Class 9: Open Foreign Language (Max 4mins) The Darquise Bilodeau Trophy & The Barbara May Award 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 10: 17 Years of age and over (Show Song) (Max 4 Mins) The New Era Trophy and The JASS Award  1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 11: Open Classical including Operatic or Oratorio Aria The Freedom Solutions Trophy and Friday Friends Award 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 12: Gilbert and Sullivan (Own Choice) The Mike and Karen Thompson Trophy and Award 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 13: Recital Class* (three contrasting piece, Max 12 Mins) The Thornley Trophy & The Festivities with Friends Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 14 : Duet 17 Years and Under The Keith Gould Trophy and Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 15: Duet 18 Years and Over The Keith Gould Trophy and Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 16: Duet Musical Theatre Open  The Crescendo Vocal Trophy and Sharon Plummer Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 17: Junior Ensemble  The Edwards Electrical Trophy and Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 18: Open Ensemble  The Burton Musical Theatre Trophy and Award 1st: £50 £11.25
Class 19: Jazz Solo  The Syd Jones Award and Trophy  1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 20: Pop Song (Backing Track on CD) (strictly 4 minutes) The Edwards Electrical Trophy and the ‘Jenny’ Award 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 21: Aged 60 Years and Over. (Own Choice) The Coral Gould Trophy and The Thorpe Award  1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 22: Beginners Piano (Own Choice) The David Mansfield Trophy & Excel Music Schools Award 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 23: Grade 1 to 3 Piano (Own Choice) The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy 1st: £25 2nd: £15 3rd: £10 £7.25 
Class 24: Grade 4 to 5 Piano (Own Choice) The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 25: Grade 6 to 7 Piano (Own Choice) The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy 1st: £50 £8.25 
Class 26: Grade 8 and Above Piano (Own Choice) The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy 1st: £50 £8.25 

Name of ClassSponsors and AwardEntry Fee
Class 1: 10 Years of age and under (Own Choice)The Heron Video Trophy & The D&C Eales Award £7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 2: 11 to 14 Years (Own Choice)The Albion Trophy and The Caroline Owen Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 3: 10 years of age and under (Show Song)The Mellow Dramatics Trophy and Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 4: 11 to 14 Years (Show Song)The Vadis Insurance Brokers Trophy and Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 5: 15 to 16 Years (Show Song)The March Trophy£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 6: 15 Years of age and under (Classical Song)The Eric Reynolds Trophy and Ivy Smith Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 7: 15 to 18 Years (Classical Song)The Tim Lawrence Trophy and The Nick Lawrence Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 8: Open Folk song , traditional (unaccompanied)The Anne Leatherland Award and Trophy£8.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 9: Open Foreign Language (Max 4mins)The Darquise Bilodeau Trophy & The Barbara May Award£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 10: 17 Years of age and over (Show Song) (Max 4 Mins)The New Era Trophy and The JASS Award £8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 11: Open Classical including Operatic or Oratorio AriaThe Freedom Solutions Trophy and Friday Friends Award£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 12: Gilbert and Sullivan (Own Choice)The Mike and Karen Thompson Trophy and Award£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 13: Recital Class* (three contrasting piece, Max 12 Mins)The Thornley Trophy & The Festivities with Friends Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 14 : Duet 17 Years and UnderThe Keith Gould Trophy and Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 15: Duet 18 Years and OverThe Keith Gould Trophy and Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 16: Duet Musical Theatre Open The Crescendo Vocal Trophy and Sharon Plummer Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 17: Junior Ensemble The Edwards Electrical Trophy and Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 18: Open Ensemble The Burton Musical Theatre Trophy and Award£11.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 19: Jazz Solo The Syd Jones Award and Trophy £8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 20: Pop Song (Backing Track on CD) (strictly 4 minutes)The Edwards Electrical Trophy and the ‘Jenny’ Award£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 21: Aged 60 Years and Over. (Own Choice)The Coral Gould Trophy and The Thorpe Award £8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 22: Beginners Piano (Own Choice)The David Mansfield Trophy & Excel Music Schools Award£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 23: Grade 1 to 3 Piano (Own Choice)The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy£7.25
Prize
1st: £25, 2nd: £15, 3rd: £10
Class 24: Grade 4 to 5 Piano (Own Choice)The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 25: Grade 6 to 7 Piano (Own Choice)The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy£8.25
Prize
1st: £50
Class 26: Grade 8 and Above Piano (Own Choice)The Giles Farnaby Piano School award and Trophy£8.25
Prize
1st: £50

Special Vocal Awards and Overall Vocal Winners

The Marilyn Baker Award

For the Competitor who, in the adjudicators opinion, is a most promising Soprano. The Julian Baker Award of £50.00

The Mabel Millen Award

For the most promising vocalist under the age of 21

The Nanette Mansfield Award

The overall winner of the piano classes, based on the adjudicators discretion

Overall Junior and Senior Awards

The adjudicators will select an overall Junior winner from the winners of classes 1 -7 an award of £60 is sponsored by Mr Keith Gould

The adjudicators will select an overall Vocal Senior winner from the winners of classes 8 -20
an award of £100 is sponsored by The Vocal festival founders, Coral & John Gould along with the Silver Quaich trophy.