Rules & Information for Virtual Entries

(Click Here for the Live Festival Rules)


The adjudicator will assign marks and/or categories as follows:

90-100 Outstanding: An exceptional performance, both technically and artistically.

87-89   Distinction: An excellent performance technically and artistically.

84-86   Commended: A convincing performance technically and artistically.

81-83   Merit: A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.

78-80   Moderate:  A performance showing development of technique and/or communication.

75-77   Fair: A performance limited in its communication.
2      QUESTIONS?  

If you have any questions, require further information or would like to contact a member of the Committee please visit our website at, where you will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions together with contact details.

3.1   Your entry

a)    Entries are via the “On Line Entry System” which we feel sure you will find straightforward and convenient to use.

b)    Entries will be accepted only if the appropriate entry fee is received before the closing date.

c)    Entry fees can be refunded only in exceptional circumstances.

d)    Any entry may be rejected without giving a reason.

e)    Confirmation of entries will be generated at the time of your order by the on line entry system.

f)    Once you have entered, you will receive an email notifying you of the process for uploading your video.

g)    If you have not received this notification email, please check your spam folder before contacting

h)      In all sections you may not enter more than once in the same class.

i)    The same piece may not be performed in more than one class in the same Festival year, or repeated within three years of entry.

j)      Own choice music must be stated as part of your entry.

k)    Any changes must be notified by email to

l)     Committee members are not allowed to enter the festival on a competitive basis.

m)     Professionals and experienced performers are eligible to enter only the Vocal Open championship all other classes are for amateurs only.

Professionals defined as: those whose income is wholly or in part derived from teaching or performing the particular branch of the performing art in which they are intending to compete. 
Experienced performer defined as: anyone over 21 sufficiently experienced to have been asked to perform as a soloist in a major work, for a society with more than 50 performers, or previous winner of the Suffolk Festival Vocal Championship.

3.2   Age Limits

The qualifying age for entrants will be calculated as on 1st September prior to Festival. Adults are defined as anybody 18 yrs. and over, unless otherwise stated.

3.3   Time Limits

You must observe all relevant time limits for performances. The “Performance time” shown is the total time and entrants should note that spoken introductions are included within the quoted timings.  If you do not keep to the time limit you may be penalised and may not be placed.

3.4   Backing Tracks

Please note that in the virtual festival you may use a backing track in place of live accompaniment.


No one who is or was a pupil of an adjudicator in the last twelve months may enter a class judged by that adjudicator without the consent of the Chairperson to whom full disclosure of that connection has been made.


The Festival will have the necessary copyright performance permissions provided that the identity of any work to be performed has been provided in advance, and that the piece has not been re-arranged without the composer/author’s consent. Photocopies may be used for adjudicator’s copies only.


We will hold and process your personal data solely for the purposes of the festival and is held under the control of the IT Manager.                     


Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards


The usual Suffolk Festival Championships and Awards will return in future Festivals when we can, once again offer our full range of classes.


For our 2021 Hybrid Suffolk Festival, Most Promising Performer awards will be offered in each section to a value of £40 and at the adjudicator’s choice.


These awards will be presented at the Awards concert on Sunday 14th November, 2.00pm-4.30pm at the Hayworth Theatre, Ipswich High School.