Music Bye-Laws

  1. Entries will not be accepted unless appropriate fees are paid in full within 7 days of entries being emailed or they must accompany postal entries.
  2. Competitors will be admitted free only to the session in which they compete.
  3. Competitors may obtain particulars of their marks after each class on the day of competition.
  4. No competitor may perform the same piece in more than one class.
  5. (a) all members of the choirs singing in competitions must be bona fide members of the   choir on the day of entry. Choirs must consist of no less than 15 members.
    (b) In the cases of school choirs, members must be on the particular school's rolls on the day   of entry.
  6. In Junior or Juvenile competition proof of age must be produced if required and competitors must be the age stated on the 1st January 2020.
  7. (a) in all solo classes there must be at least THREE entries per class to constitute a competition.
    (b) Prizes will be withheld if sufficient merit is not shown.
  8. All prizes including certificates of merit are awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, whose decision is final.
  9. Any protest against the infringement of the Bye-Laws or against a competitor, must be in writing and accompanied by a fee of £20.00 which will be returned only if the protest is upheld by the Committee whose decision shall be final.
  10. (a) Competitors must provide own choice pieces and copies of music for the adjudicator clearly labelled with class details. The original piece of the music must be used by the competitor.
    (b) In all grade classes the competitor must not have passed any grade higher than the one for which he/she has been entered.
    (c) A competitor may enter the grade class appropriate to his/her present standard but may also compete in his/her age group.
  11. All vocal music must be sung in English and to pianoforte accompaniment, except where otherwise stated. Competitors will be judged only according to such editions or arrangements and in all the keys specified.
  12. All the entries for competitions are accepted subject to these Bye-Laws.
  13. Competitors must not perform the same piece in two consecutive years.
  14. It is illegal to photocopy. Warrenpoint Feis Committee will not accept Photostat copies.
  15. Competitors may only play once in any class in the traditional music section. A group or trio may include not more than one substitute player who may have competed previously in the same or in any other age group.
  16. In all classes competitors must perform at the stated time of class. We regret no exceptions can be made to this rule.
  18. Any competitor receiving private tuition may not enter the Primary School classes.

Photocopying Of Own Choice Pieces

(a) The Music Publishers Association has issues a revised Code of Practice on  making copies of copyright works. The following concession is made for the    copying of Own Choice music. A copy from volumes may be made for the Adjudicator only, all other copies must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder in each case. When an Own Choice title is selected from a publication containing different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the Adjudicators use at the Festivals, provided that competitors  have already purchased their own published copy, and that, at the close of the Class, the copy made is given to a Festival Administrator who will then destroy it.

(b) Photocopies for the Adjudicator must be totally legible, or they may be refused.

(c) The concession referred to at (a) does not apply to music for Accompanists who must always be provided with a published copy of the music.

IMPORTANT NOTICE AUDIO RECORDING; VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT AND MOBILE TELEPHONES Unfortunately due to the complications of copyright and performing rights requirements it is no longer possible to permit the use of this equipment in the competition hall. In addition the Executive Committee asks for cooperation of members of the audience having mobile telephones with them to turn them off while in the competition hall.