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Orchestras and Bands – Classes 221 to 241

Class 221 – Orchestras – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 225-227. The Dorothy Gunnee Certificate may be awarded.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 15 minutes.    

Class 222 – Orchestras A

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 225-227 and not performing in classes 219, 221, 223 and 224.

Test Piece: As for class 221.    

Class 223 – Orchestras B

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 225-227 and not performing in classes 219, 221, 222 and 224.

Test Piece: As for class 221, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 224 – Orchestras Adults – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to amateur orchestras (which must include strings) in which the majority of members are aged 19 and over.

Test Piece: As for class 221.    

Class 225 – School Orchestras A

For orchestras (which must include strings with any combination of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments) from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate. The A M Ross Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded (see page 48).

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 15 minutes.    

Class 226 – School Orchestras B

For orchestras (which must include strings with any combination of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments ) from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219, 225, 227 and 228. Secondary school orchestras may include pupils from associated primary schools who regularly participate in the ensemble. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: As for class 225, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 227 – Primary School Orchestras

For orchestras (which must include strings) from a primary school (see regulation 9) not performing in class 215, 217 and 219. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: As for class 225, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 228 – School String Orchestras

For string orchestras from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219, and 227. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: As for class 225.    

Class 229 – Concert Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to concert bands ineligible for classes 231 and 232.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 230 – Concert Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to concert bands ineligible for classes 231 and 232 and not performing in class 229.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 231 – School Concert Bands A

For concert bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded (see page 48). Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 232 – School Concert Bands B

For concert bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 215-219 and 231. Secondary school bands may include pupils from associated primary schools who regularly participate in the ensemble. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: As for class 231 but the total playing time must not exceed 10 minutes.    

Class 233 – Primary School Wind Bands

For bands from a primary school (see regulation 9) comprising any combination of woodwind and/or brass instruments, with or without percussion not performing in classes 215-219, 231, 232 and 236. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 10 minutes.    

Class 234 – Brass Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to brass bands ineligible for class 236.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 235 – Brass Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to brass bands ineligible for class 236 and not performing in class 234.

Test Piece: As for class 234.    

Class 236 – School Brass Bands

For brass bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded (see page 48). Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 237 – Accordion Orchestras – Open

For accordion orchestras (see regulation 3) not performing in classes 217-219.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 238 – Jazz Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to jazz bands ineligible for class 240.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which must include an element of improvisation and may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

Class 239 – Jazz Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to jazz bands ineligible for class 240 and not performing in class 238.

Test Piece: As for class 238.    

Class 240 – School Jazz Bands

For jazz bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-219. Apart from the conductor or leader, no other adult may participate. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded (see page 48).

Test Piece: As for class 238.    

Class 241 – Wind Orchestras and Bands

Open (see regulation 3) to bands ineligible for classes 229-236 and 238-240, and not performing in any other class.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 19-25) of music which may be arranged to suit the performer’s resources. The piece(s) selected may be of any duration provided that the total playing time does not exceed 12 minutes.    

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