The Torbay Music Festival


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Music Festival Committee

Music Chair:
Christopher Blurton
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Entry Secretary:
Catherine Serjeant
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Trophy Secretary:
Christopher Blurton
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Christopher Blurton, Liz Chandler, Carolyne Clark, Margaret Fieldhouse, Kate Linden, Dianne Martin, Catherine Serjeant, Ekaterina Shetliffe, Susan Norcott and Pat Serjeant

Entries can only be made through our online entries system


The Committee and/or Theatre Staff reserve the right to refuse entry.

Session Ticket£6.00Concessions (Seniors)£5.00
Daily Ticket£12.00Concessions (Seniors)£10.00

This Festival does not charge children for entry to the auditorium.  Children must be accompanied at all times and parents/guardians/carers are reminded of their responsibility under our Safeguarding Policy in this respect.


M1 Entries in own choice classes will not be accepted without a photocopy of the music for the adjudicator to be given at the time of performing. When an own choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy. The copy thus made will be retained by the Festival and destroyed immediately after the event to comply with copyright laws. Single items may not be photocopied without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Please name any single copies given to the adjudicator so that they can be returned. If accompanist is required, one copy needs to be sent directly to the accompanist, and another one brought on the day for the adjudicator.

M2 No competitor may enter more than once in a solo class or enter the same piece in another class. In duet and trio classes, competitors may enter more than once provided they partner a different person with a different piece.

M3 Performers may enter any classes for a higher age group in solo classes provided they have entered an own age group class as well. The entry fee for these classes applies, not the age of the performer. Vocal performers under 18 may not enter adult vocal classes

M4 Once entered no changes or omissions will be accepted.

M5 Pieces in all OPEN instrumental classes must be at Grade 6 ABRSM or Trinity standard or above. Open Vocal Classes are for Adults only (18 years or over) and are expectedto be of a high standard.

M6 In Piano Set Piece Classes any good edition is acceptable but a copy must be provided for the adjudicator if a different edition is used than the one(s) specified.

M7 No amplification is allowed for solo instrumentalists or vocalists – EXCEPT in Rock and Pop classes specifically specified.

M8 Performers, including groups, must not repeat a winning item unless three Festivals have passed since the winning performance.

M9 Items must not exceed the time limit which must include the introduction. Any items over time will be penalized by marks being deducted. Repeat marks are optional provided time limits are not exceeded but all ‘da capo’ and ‘dal segno’ signs should be observed.

M10 Trophies (awarded for marks of 84 or over) and medals (all winners) will be presented by the Adjudicator at the end of each class. All winners of Special Trophies will be expected to perform in the Gala Concert when the awards will be presented. Medals will be given in every class for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

M11 Certificates and Adjudication Sheets will be presented at the end of each class.

M12 Programmes will be for sale at the theatre in advance.

M13 Free entrance is granted to performers only during the sessions in which they are performing. Teachers, parents and other interested parties are NOT entitled to be admitted without a valid ticket. Free passes will be given for accompanists for the sessions when they are accompanying, for teachers who enter pupils for 10 classes or more and school group escorts at the ratio of 1 per 10 pupils under 16 years who must remain with the pupils in the Hall.


Adjudicator Profile:
Nancy Litten BIFF

Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. She also studied violin to a high level, freelanced as an orchestral player, and led a string quartet.

Nancy has co-authored three violin tutors in the Playing with Colour series. She has performed as a soloist, chamber music and orchestral player on both instruments and as a piano accompanist. She has taught in primary, secondary and specialist music schools, privately and on courses. Her arrangements of favourite piano pieces for piano trio (piano, violin and cello), Classical Vienna and Romantic Vienna are published by Alfred UK. in 2022 ‘Piano Postcards’ a book of original solos for the intermediate pianist, was published by EVC Music.

Nancy has advised ABRSM and Trinity exam boards on electronic keyboard, had a series of keyboard tutors, Keyed Up, published by Alfred UK, and has written many compositions and arrangements for exam syllabuses. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012.

Singing is another string to her bow and she has many years’ experience of conducting choirs. Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for Pianists, Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with Keyboard Harmony, and Rounds with Accompaniment have been published by Alfred UK.

Nancy has been an ABRSM examiner since 1998, involving much travel in the UK and abroad. She has been an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals since 2014 and serves on the Adjudicators’ Council as one of the two music representatives.