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Solo and Group Verse – Classes 301 to 335

Solo Verse

 

Class 301 – Solo Verse (16 – 18)

Test Piece: Either  It was Long Ago (Blackbird has Spoken, page 3) Eleanor Farjeon (Macmillan Children’s Books)

or  Dulce et Decorum Est (101 Poems Against War, page 6) Wilfred Owen (Faber and Fabe

 

Class 302 – Solo Verse (14 & 15)

Test Piece: Either  I Am (The Works 3, page 211) John Clare (Macmillan Children’s Books)

or   Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
(Anthology AQA GCSE English/English Lit Specification A) Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Oxford) 

 

Class 303 – Solo Verse (12 & 13)
Test Pieces: Either Emmeline Pankhurst (Blackbird Has Spoken, page 74) Eleanor Farjeon (Macmillan Children’s Books)

or On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas My True Love Phoned Me Up (Read Me 2, page 465) Dave Calder (Macmillan Children’s Books)

 

Class 304 – Solo Verse (11)
Test Piece: Either The Use of Books (The Unidentified Frying Omelette, page 39) Jenny Morris (Hodder Children’s Books)

or The Newcomer (Gargling With Jelly, page 14) Brian Patten (Puffin Books)

 

Class 305 – Solo Verse (10)
Test Pieces: Either My Mum’s put me on the Transfer List (Read Me, page 172) David Harmer (Macmillan Children’s Books) or Grumblers (A First Poetry Book, page 62) Leonard Clark (Oxford)

 

Class 306 – Solo Verse (9)
Test Pieces: Either A Small Dragon (The Works 3, page 29) Brian Patten (Macmillan Children’s Books) or Going Through the Old Photos (A First Poetry Book, page 30) Michael Braun (Oxford)

 

Class 307 – Solo Verse (8) 
Test Piece: Either Hide and Seek (Cockadoodle Moo, page 52) Jane Clarke (Oxford) or Does the House Sleep at Night (The Moon has got his Pants On, page 13) Steve Turner (Lion Children’s Books)

 

Class 308 – Solo Verse (7) 
Test Piece: Either Magic Paws (Cockadoodle Moo, page 51) Tony Mitton (Oxford) or Tiny Diny (Cockadoodle Moo, page 39) Tony Mitton (Oxford)

 

Class 309 – Solo Verse (6) 
Test Piece: Either Tarantula (Cockadoodle Moo, page 13) Clare Bevan (Oxford) or Beetle (The Puffin book of Amazing Animals, page 77) Andrew Martyr (Puffin)

 

Class 310 – Solo Verse (5) 
Test Piece: Either There are Big Waves (Blackbird has Spoken, page 86) Eleanor Farjeon (Macmillan Children’s Books) or Puzzled (You have been Warned!, page 120) Margaret Hillert (Oxford)

 

Class 311 – Perform My Favourite Poem (adult performers) 
For performers aged 19 and over. Performers will receive an adjudication but no comparison will be made between performances.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) – not to exceed 3 minutes. Performers should
introduce the poem.

 

Class 312 – Perform My Favourite Poem (Secondary)

For young people of secondary school age.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) – not to exceed 3 minutes. Performers should
introduce the poem.

 

Class 313 – Perform My Favourite Poem (Primary) 
For children of primary school age.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) – not to exceed 3 minutes. Performers should
introduce the poem. 

Group Verse

 

Class 314 – Group Verse (14 & 15) 
For unconducted groups. The Gilmour Barr Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).
Test pieces: (a) The Charge of the Light Brigade (The Works, page 466) Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Macmillan Children’s Books) (b) Own choice (see regulations 15-21).

 

Class 315 – Group Verse (12 & 13) 
For unconducted groups. The Gilmour Barr Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).
Test Pieces: (a) The Sounds of the Evening (Blackbird Has Spoken, page 8) Eleanor Farjeon (Macmillan Children’s Books) (b) Own choice (see regulations 15-21).

 

Class 316 – Group Verse (9 – 11)
For unconducted groups of no fewer than seven voices. The Gilmour Barr Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).
Test Pieces: (a) From a Railway Carriage (The Works, page 505) Robert Louis Stevenson (Macmillan Children’s Books) (b) Own choice (see regulations 15-21).

 

Class 317 – Group Verse (5 – 8)
For groups of no fewer than seven voices. The group may be conducted. The Gilmour Barr Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).
Test Pieces: (a) The Seaside (The Works, page 43) Jo Peters (Macmillan Children’s Books) (b) Own choice (see regulations 15-21).

 

Class 318 – Group Verse (under 5) 
For groups of no fewer than seven voices. Performers will receive an adjudication but no comparison will be made between performances. The group may be conducted.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21).

 

 

SHARE A POEM

Class 319 – Share a Poem (adult performers)
For performers aged 19 and over. Performers will receive an adjudication but no comparison will be made between performances.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) of a poem for two voices – not to exceed 3
minutes.

 

Class 320 – Share a Poem (Secondary) For young people of secondary school age.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) of a poem for two voices – not to exceed 3 minutes.

Class 321 – Share a Poem (Primary) For children of primary school age.
Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) of a poem for two voices – not to exceed 3
minutes.

 

Solo Verse – Scottish

Class 322 – Scottish Verse (adult performers) For performers aged 19 and over.

Performers will receive an adjudication but no comparison will be made between performances.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 15-21) – not to exceed 3 minutes. 

Class 323 – Scottish Verse (16 – 18)  The Ellis Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).

Test Piece: Hey, Jock, are ye Glad ye ‘Listed? Neil Munro (Scottish Poetry Library) 

Class 324 – Scottish Verse (14 & 15) The Ellis Trophy may be awarded (see page 48).

Test Piece: Aw Jock Tamsons Janet Paisley (Scottish Poetry Library) 

Class 325 – Scottish Verse (12 & 13)

Test Piece: Cat Food Rap Anne Armstrong (Scottish Poetry Library) 

Class 326 – Scottish Verse (10 & 11)

 

Test Piece: Fireworks aff the Castle Matthew Fitt (Scottish Poetry Library) 

Class 327 – Scottish Verse (8 & 9)

Test Piece: Scottish Rain Tom Bryan (Scottish Poetry Library)

Class 328 – Scottish Verse (7 and under)

Test Piece: Crocodile J K Annand (Education Scotland) 

 

 

 

Solo Verse – Burns

 

Class 329 – Burns Verse (adult performers)

For performers aged 19 and over. Performers will receive an adjudication but no comparison will be made between performances.

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 4 minutes.

 

Class 330 – Burns Verse (16 – 18)

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 4 minutes.

 

Class 331 – Burns Verse (14 & 15)

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 4 minutes.

 

Class 332 – Burns Verse (12 & 13)

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 3 minutes.

 

Class 333 – Burns Verse (10 & 11)

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 3 minutes.

 

Class 334 – Burns Verse (8 & 9)

Test Piece: Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 2 minutes.

 

Class 335 – Burns Verse (7 and under)

Test Piece:  Own choice (see regulations 14-20) – not to exceed 2 minutes.

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