Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

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Question Answer
How do I book the official accompanist? If you need an accompanist for your classes please contact one of the recommended accompanists.
Booking and payment will be directly between you and the accompanist.
Please note we do not allow you to use a recording in place of an accompanist

Please click here for the contact details of the recommended Accompanists:

May I bring my own accompanist? Of course. If you choose an instrument other than piano, let the entries secretary know. You must not use a recording.
May I use an amplifier? Please check with the entries secretary. We do not provide amplifiers.
How can I find a set piece? All music set pieces are in print and available from local music shops. If you draw a blank, contact Gill Peck. For problems with Speech set pieces, contact Jane de Beer.
Can I use a photocopy? Only for the adjudicator during your assessed performance.
Can I use the same piece in two different classes? No!
Are two movements of the same work one piece or two? One.
How do I decide what grade I am? If you take graded exams, please don’t enter a class graded lower than the grade you have already achieved. Check with your teacher as to what standard you are (in June, when you enter) before selecting pieces.If you don’t take graded exams, you can obtain guidance to the standard required, and the repertoire, from the ABRSM and Guildhall Trinity Examination Syllabuses. These are available free from music shops, or on the Exam Boards’ websites. Again, please don’t enter a class that is below your current capabilities.
Where can I find another syllabus? Suffolk Festival Syllabuses are free and can be found in Libraries, Arts Centres and Music Shops around the county, as well as from the Festival’s Chair, Gill Peck