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Eisteddfod rules

Kettering & District Eisteddfod
The rules (amended September 2009)
 1 The decisions of the adjudicator and the committee must be accepted as final.
 2 The age of competitors to be reckoned as at 1st September in the year immediately preceding the current Festival.
 3 All competitors must be strictly amateurs. (A professional shall be held to be one whose income is chiefly derived from teaching or performing Music, Speech or Drama.)
 4 As soon as possible after the entry list is closed the Music and Speech & Drama Committees will decide the order in which classes will be taken and the order of competing. The committee reserves the right to alter the order of competing if necessary to suit the convenience of competitors travelling from a distance, but subject to this proviso any competitor not in attendance and not prepared to compete when called upon may be disqualified.
 5 Competitors should be present before the class starts or before they are called to perform. Competitors are responsible for notifying the adjudicator's clerk if they are likely to arrive late because they are competing in another class. Failure to do this may result in competitors being asked to perform on their arrival at the class.
 6 Should competitors in any class not reach the standard required by the adjudicator, he or she has the right to withhold any award. No trophy will be given unless a first place is awarded and no first place will be awarded below 84 marks.
 7 Challenge Shields and trophies are to be held for one year only and must be returned to the secretary or named person, by 1st February in the year of the Festival. No trophy may be defaced by the engraving of a winner's name. In future all winners' names will be entered into a record book. Whilst the trophies are in the care of the winners they are their responsibility, and any loss or damage must be paid for.
 8 The committee reserves the right to appoint replacement or additional adjudicators and to alter, modify or cancel any of the arrangements in the syllabus or programme.
 9 Competitors should adhere strictly to the time limits given. Adjudication will only be given for the performance within the time limit.
10 Competitors must adhere to the rules of copyright and the copying of materials for use at festivals. Kettering & District Eisteddfod and / or the adjudicator will refuse the photocopied items where the competitor cannot produce proof of permission to copy. In duet, duologue and trio classes no competitor is eligible to compete more than once in the same class. Please note A. N. Other will not be accepted as an entry.
11 Competitors are advised to avail themselves of the services of the official accompanist but may provide their own if they wish. If they wish to use their own accompanist - PLEASE NOTE: No class will be delayed waiting for the accompanist to arrive. All "Own Choice" music titles must be in the hands of the Assistant Music Secretary by 1st February in the year of the Festival.
No reminders will be sent and official accompanists reserve the right to refuse to play music which has not been received by the due date.
12 Competitors must use the selected edition and publishers (where stated) in the syllabus, or they may be disqualified.
13 The adjudicator may select part only of any piece or pieces to be performed by the competitors.
14 All singers must be bona-fide members of the choir in which they sing, and have attended with average regularity. No member is eligible to sing in two choirs competing in the same class.
15 The Eisteddfod provides official, highly skilled accompanists and the committee advises that they should not be contacted prior to the Festival. Performers may discuss the tempo of a piece before their performance. This provides an equal opportunity for every performer.’
16 No competitor may perform a piece already selected as a test piece in the current festival. Performers MUST NOT SELECT pieces which they have performed at this festival in the past two years.
17 Competitors in the "own choice" classes in the Speech and Drama Section are responsible for obtaining performing rights, where necessary, by application to publishers and by payment of the stipulated fee. These permissions or proof of application must be readily available to the Festival Secretary prior to the performance.
18 In Speech and Drama classes the committee reserves the right to refuse material considered to be inappropriate to the occasion. A copy of all "Own Choice" pieces must be in the hands of the Speech and Drama Secretary by by 1st February in the year of the Festival.
19 The Eisteddfod is bound by copyright law and cannot allow photography, audio or videotape recordings during performances or adjudications.
20 Pre-recorded music may not be used in music classes.

Children and Young Persons Act 1963 Section 37(3) (2015 update)

It is a legal requirement that all children performing in public at this Eisteddfod are covered by a Child Performance Licence issued by the local County Council.

An exemption is where the performance takes place under the auspices of a Body of Persons Approval (BOPA). Following guidance from the Northants County Council the Eisteddfod has applied for a BOPA for the duration of the festival.

As a condition of this BOPA a school must agree to record any absence due to the Eisteddfod performance by using absence code ‘V’ (educational activity) and specific details of the children performing must be provided. To do this the person entering the child must provide an email address on this Entry Form to which an electronic form can be sent. This must then be completed and returned to the Eisteddfod via email by the due date.

Private teachers and parents/carers must ensure they comply with the above. If for any reason they are not able to do so a Child Performance Licence must be obtained from Northamptonshire County Council. Further details will be sent once scheduling has been completed but we are unable at this stage to give any guarantees as to the day or time of any classes.


Kettering and District Eisteddfod has entered into an agreement with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society. This means that entrants do not have to have copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic item performed to a limit of 10 minutes. The participation of performers and teachers in this Eisteddfod means that authors will be directly reimbursed as a consequence of their works being performed.

Duologues and group dramatic activities are not covered by this agreement and copyright for these items should still be sought, by the performers, at the time of entry.

Dramatic items must be announced with the title and author at the time of the performance to qualify for copyright indemnity. Performers must not change the words or gender of any character.

Please note also:

Winners of special awards should be available for performance at the final concert on Saturday evening, if requested.

Entry data will be stored on a database for administration purposes. Entrants may be assured that any information held on the database will be used solely for Eisteddfod purposes and will not be passed to any third party whatsoever.

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