President: Lord Sackville Hon. Vice President: Mrs F Pragnell
Contunuing Opportunities - The 2021 Video Festival
The 2021 Festival will again be a video festival, with classes held in Speech & Drama, Piano, Singing, Woodwind & Brass, Strings and Accordion.
The classes on offer will be expanded from solo items only, to duets and groups, assuming for these latter classes that entrants will be in a position to rehearse and record safely together during the Summer Term.
The closing date for all entries is 20 May 2021 and video recordings should be submitted by 31 May 2021. The section adjudicator will view, assess and mark all performances by 15 June.
Both entries and video submissions are made using the Play&Perform system, which will be available on our website:
No Awards will be made, but each entrant will receive by email a certificate, a mark and an adjudication report by a British and International Federation of Festivals adjudicator. Whilst the marks achieved will be confidential to each entrant, as last year with permission the names of those achieving Distinction or better may be published on our website.
This year we are including an additional feature to improve the experience for our competitors. Entrants and their teachers will be able to view their class entries and the other entries in their class for a limited period following the adjudication. If you do not wish your entry to be viewed by other entrants, you may withhold consent without affecting the status of your entry, but you will not be able to participate in the reciprocal viewing of other entrants in your class.
Performances can be captured on any digital medium such as a smartphone and uploaded onto a secure file sharing site. This site can be your own YouTube/Dropbox account or the Play&Perform dedicated Dropbox account.
Extensive guidance is available on our website about making and entering your video. We are very grateful to our adjudicators who have assisted in providing this guidance.
Those wanting to submit a recording should (1) initially enter the Festival class by the 20 May deadline, then (2) either at the same time or at a later date up to 31 May load their recording onto their chosen secure site and, where relevant, enter the internet address in Play&Perform.
Where a musical item would normally have piano accompaniment, the recording may comprise the competitor (a) playing with an accompanist, or (b) using a recorded accompaniment, or (c) playing without accompaniment; competitors will not be penalised whichever option is chosen.
Adjudicators are aware that recordings cannot replicate the full atmosphere and acoustics of a live performance, and allowance will be made for that in their assessment. Any recordings which the Festival can access on its own digital storage will be deleted by 31 July and no copies will be retained.
Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition
The Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival also organises the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition, for serious music students between the ages of 12 and 21. It is with great regret that due to the corona virus situation, we have decided to cancel the next one day event planned for Sunday 7 March 2021. The next competition is now planned for March 2022 at a new venue, The Ship Theatre, Walthamstow Hall Senior School. Entry forms will be made available in Autumn 2021.
Mr P Harlow Chairman Mrs S Day Secretary Mrs J Surrey Treasurer
Mr T Daniell Mrs M Holgate Mr E Oatley MBE Mrs N Powell Mrs B Ross