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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 7th March at Durlston Court School


To be held at Durlston Court School, Becton Lane, Barton-on-Sea, New Milton BH25 7AQ on Saturday 7th March.

ClassDescriptionTime LimitClass
P91 Performance Platform. Junior Piano Solo or Duet. No adjudication. Own choice. 5 mins £4.00 N/A
P92 Performance Platform. Adult Piano Solo or Duet. No adjudication. Own choice. 8 mins £4.00 N/A
180A Beginner Solo, up to one year playing. Own choice(s). 3 mins £4.00 N/A
180B Beginner Solo, over one year playing. Own choice(s). 3 mins £4.00 N/A
181 Grade 1. Own choice(s). 3 mins £4.00 N/A
182 Grade 2. Own choice(s). 3 mins £4.00 N/A
183 Grade 3. Own choice(s). 3 mins £4.00 N/A
184 Grade 4. Own choice(s). 5 mins £5.50 N/A
185 Grade 5. Own choice(s). 6 mins £5.50 N/A
186 Grade 6. Own choice(s). 7 mins £5.50 N/A
187 Grade 7. Own choice(s). 8 mins £5.50 N/A
188 Grade 8. Own choice(s). 8 mins £5.50 N/A
189 Adult up to two years playing. Own choice(s). 4 mins £8.00 N/A
190 Adult over two years playing. Own choice(s). 6 mins £8.00 N/A
191 Duet, any age Elementary. Own choice(s). 5 mins £6.00 N/A
192 Duet, any age Intermediate. Own choice(s). 6 mins £8.00 N/A
193 Duet, any age Advanced. Own choice(s). 8 mins £8.00 N/A
194 Recital. 15 mins £12.00 N/A

Adjudicator - Samantha Carrasco

Samantha studied piano with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music, London, where she was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship followed by the prestigious Phoebe Benham and Leverhulme Junior Fellowship. She completed a PhD in 2013 entitled The Austen Family Music Books and Hampshire Music Culture, 1770-1820, which studied the music collection of Jane Austen and her family.

Samantha is an examiner, trainer, moderator and presenter for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, working nationally and internationally in classical music, diplomas and jazz. Samantha is the Head of Keyboard at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, and is also the piano consultant for King Edward VI School, Southampton.

As orchestral pianist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, highlights have included performing at the BBC Proms and Stravinsky’s Petrushka with live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. With the recently formed Austen Trio, Samantha performed in celebrations of the Jane Austen Bicentenary in 2017 and at Harvard University in 2018.

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