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New Milton
Music Festival

Important Notice

With the greatest regret we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the New Milton Music Festival and Gala Concert this weekend. We have reviewed the volunteer staffing levels, many of whom are in an at-risk health category, and concluded today that we can’t run the festival safely and in the manner that you would expect. We are also mindful of our responsibility not to exacerbate any risk of transmission of COVID-19 so would have been encouraging any performers or supporters in an at risk category not to attend. From the communications received this number has increased over the last two days.

We realise this is a huge disappointment to those who have put in hours of practice and preparation, and for all of those looking forward to a celebration of the last 20 years of music making in the festival’s name.

The Committee will review if there is any possibility to find a revised date and will advise in due course. Otherwise we will re-run the festival next year. Please bear with us as we review the best way of refunding entry fees. This will take a while to sort out.

Saturday 14th March at The Arnewood School

Acoustic and Electric Guitar

Any material from Trinity Rock and Pop Syllabus, Rock School Acoustic Guitar Syllabus, Rock School Electric Guitar Syllabus (including the Hot Rocks pieces), and the Registry of Guitar Tutors Acoustic and Electric Guitar syllabuses may be performed. Pieces of own choosing may be played as long as they are of a similar standard to the grade stated for that class. Please provide & perform with a backing track where the grade piece requires it.

Please note, the duet section could be single person playing the guitar and singing, as well as guitarist and singer duo's.

Also, Our Insurance insists that "Each piece of equipment and cable" must be PAT tested

Performance Platform classes are included within the Classical Guitar and Plucked Strings section.

ClassDescriptionTime LimitClass
FP40 Acoustic Guitar - Rehearsal with Guitar section for 20th Anniversary Celebration Piece (to be performed at Gala) 30 mins N/A N/A
201A Solo, Beginner. Choice from syllabus. 3 mins £4.00 £3.50
201B Solo, Grade 1. Choice from syllabus. 3 mins £4.00 £3.50
202A Solo, Grade 2. Choice from syllabus. 3 mins £4.00 £3.50
202B Solo, Grade 3. Choice from syllabus. 3 mins £4.00 £3.50
203A Solo, Grade 4. Choice from syllabus. 5 mins £5.50 £3.50
203B Solo, Grade 5. Choice from syllabus. 5 mins £5.50 £3.50
204A Solo, Grade 6. Choice from syllabus. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
204B Solo, Grade 7. Choice from syllabus. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
204C Solo, Grade 8. Choice from syllabus. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
205 Duet, Grades 1-3. Choice from syllabus. 4 mins £6.00 £3.50
206 Duet, Grades 4-5. Choice from syllabus. 5 mins £8.00 £3.50
207 Duet, Grades 6-8. Choice from syllabus. 6 mins £8.00 £4.50
208 Guitar Ensemble, any grade. Choice from syllabus. 8 mins £12.00 £3.50

Adjudicator - Michael Hulmes

Michael Hulmes lives in Poole and started to play the classical guitar when he was eleven. He gave his first public performance at the age of twelve and his first solo recital at the Poole Arts Centre just before his fifteenth birthday. He studied at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama and in Cardiff at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studied with renowned British guitarist John Mills. In 1992, he gained a place in the string semi finals in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Michael has played live on BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Wales, as well as appearing on Welsh Channel 4. He made his national radio debut as part of the BBC Radio Two Young Musicians series. Since graduating, Michael has established himself as one of the most competent and popular classical guitar teachers in Dorset, as well as performing throughout the UK with duet partner Hayley Savage and in solo concerts and recitals. In 2001 he gave his first concert tour of Hawaii to coincide with the release of his fourth album �Solo�.

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