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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


N.B. A 5 piece drum kit and concert snare drum will be available on the day. Competitors are expected to perform on the instruments provided, but should bring their own sticks, mallets and music. Competitors wishing to play instruments other than those provided, should contact the Section Secretary. Recorded accompaniments may be used, but competitors should provide their own equipment and be prepared to operate it. Also, backing tracks should be checked to ensure that the lyrics are not explicit and are suitable for a young audience.

Setting-up time is included in the time limit.

ClassDescriptionTime LimitClass
P71 Performance Platform. Junior Percussion Solo. No adjudication. Own choice. 5 mins £4.00 £3.50
P72 Performance Platform. Adult Percussion Solo. No adjudication. Own choice. 8 mins £4.00 £5.50
P75 Performance Platform. Percussion Ensemble. No adjudication. Own choice. 8 mins £8.00 N/A
135 Preliminary solo. Own choice. 3 mins £4.00 £3.50
136 Solo, Grade 1. Own choice. 5 mins £4.00 £3.50
137 Solo, Grade 2. Own Choice. 5 mins £4.00 £3.50
138 Solo, Grade 3. Own choice. 6 mins £4.00 £3.50
139A Solo, Grade 4. Own choice. 6 mins £5.50 £3.50
139B Solo, Grade 5. Own choice. 6 mins £5.50 £3.50
140A Solo, Grade 6. Own choice. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
140B Solo, Grade 7. Own choice. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
140C Solo, Grade 8. Own choice. 8 mins £5.50 £4.50
140D Solo Recital. Own choices. 15 mins £9.00 £7.50
141 Ensemble, 13 years and under. Own choice. 8 mins £12.00 £3.50
142 Ensemble, 14 years and over. Own choice. 8 mins £12.00 £3.50

Adjudicator - Felicity Pringle

Felicity studied percussion locally from the age of 10 under the guidance of Cynthia Mason and Ron Vint, before gaining places at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Coventry University. Since returning to Dorset, she has become a specialist teacher in Samba, African Drumming and Percussion in schools across Bournemouth and Poole, and performs for local concerts, shows and events. As a teenager, she competed in The New Milton Music Festival and won the title of Senior Young Musician of the Year.

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