How do I enter?
Which competition class should I enter?
For each instrument, our competition classes are graded from beginner to advanced. You should enter the class(es) that align with your current performing level.
How do I know what grade I am?
For musicians taking regular graded exams, simply use your most recent graded exam result to decide which class to enter.
What piece shall I perform?
It's best to choose music that you enjoy and feel comfortable with, which also fits the syllabus requirements for your class.
Can I enter multiple competition classes?
You can enter as many classes as you like, including for different instruments. Just make sure you are eligible for each class you enter. The entry form will guide you through this.
Can I enter multiple people at once?
Our entry form can only accept one competitor at a time. However, if you want to make a bulk entry for multiple competitors, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can process this for you.
Do I need an accompanist
Unless you are singing an unaccompanied song, you will need a live piano accompanist. Live music is at the heart of everything we do, and our competitions provide a great opportunity to perform with another musician.
Do I need a rehearsal?
There’s no requirement to have a rehearsal - our festival accompanists are all experienced professionals who will help you feel at ease and give your very best performance.
What should I wear?
There is no formal dress code, so wear something comfortable that you are happy performing in. Singers are always welcome to incorporate costume items or small props if desired, but there is no requirement to do so.
When is the entry deadline?
The entry deadline for competitions is 1st of December 2020, with the exception of Composition, for which the deadline is 8th December.
Can I just watch?
Yes, you can purchase an ‘Audience’ ticket at the door on the day, or online in advance to watch the competitions.
I can no longer attend - what should I do?
Please email email@example.com to let us know if you are no longer able to attend the festival. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a refund for competition entries.
What kind of feedback will I get?
You will always recieve written feedback from our expert adjudicators. You will usually also recieve verbal feedback at the end of the class, time permitting.
I've never done a competition before - can I still enter?
Our competitions provide a range of classes for anyone from a complete beginner to advanced performers, so whatever stage of your musical journey, there is a class for you. It can be daunting performing in front of people for the first time, but the audience and the adjudicators will be cheering you on to do well, so take the leap, relax, and make music!
Do I need to perform from memory?
Instrumentalists are not required to perform from memory, but you may do so if you prefer.
Can I use a photocopy?
You may perform using a photocopy, but a published/authorised edition of the music must be in the room during your performance.
Am I too old to compete?
I see your competitions are for 'amateurs' only - what does this mean?
Our compeitions are for anyone who is not a professional musician.
What is 'Art Song'?
For our singing competitions, 'Art Song' is defined as any classical song type, including:
What is 'Stage & Screen'?
For our competitions we define 'Stage & Screen' as any song from any staged show/musical, or any song from film.
Workshops & Masterclasses
How do I apply to take part?
Find out which workshop or masterclass you are interested in, then follow the links to sign up or register your interest.
Can I just watch?
Yes! It is helpful for our organisers to get an idea of audience numbers ahead of time, so if you are interested in a particular workshop or masterclass, please do sign up or register your interest in advance. However, there is often space for you to turn up and watch on the day.
How much will it cost?
If you are under the age of 19, all workshops, masterclasses and concerts are free of charge.
How do I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets online in advance via our 'Tickets' page.
Can I buy tickets on the door?
You can buy tickets on the door, but as space may be limited for some events, we recommend buying tickets in advance online.
Are there spaces for wheelchair users?
Yes, there are spaces available for wheelchair users.
Will there be an interval?
Our longer concerts, such as the Gala Concert, have an interval where refreshments are available. Some of our shorter events will run straight through without a break.
Can I reserve a seat?
We usually have unreserved seating, so we advise you turn up in good time to get the seats you want.
Are there concessions?
Our concerts are free to all aged under 19.
Facilities & Accessibility
Is there parking?
Yes, there is ample free parking at English Martyrs' Catholic School (our main venue).
Are there toilets?
Yes there are, including accessible toilets.
Is there a cafe?
Yes! Coming a close second to the music is our friendly festival cafe! We offer a range of hot and cold drinks, cold lunches and snacks (including our famous samosas) and a wide range of homemade cakes and biscuits.
Is the venue wheelchair friendly?
Yes, our venue has wheelchair access throughout, including wheelchair spaces in the main auditorium (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a wheelchair space).
How will I know where to go?
Follow the signs to the main reception, where a steward (in a green t-shirt) will be able to show you to where you need to be.
Can my school get involved?
Yes! We have already created a number of outreach and community events, and we want to keep expanding our reach to more schools.
Can I book a music education event for my school/youth organisation?
Yes! As a music charity in a very difficult time for the arts, bringing music to the wider community is at the heart of what we strive to do.
How can I become a volunteer?
Our festival simply wouldn't be possible without our wonderful team of volunteers. There are a wide range of roles available. If you would like to help out, we would love to hear from you.
How can I donate?
You can donate via the 'Support Us' page, or by cheque to:
Can I sponsor an event or trophy?
Yes! Leicester MusicFest couldn't happen without the generosity of its sponsors.