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Sponsors – see letter below


Dear Sponsor

Owing to the continuing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, I am sure you will appreciate that we are having difficulties in organising and presenting Festival 2021 in the usual format.

We have now decided to delay the Festival and to hold it ‘virtually’.  We hope you will be able to support this initiative.

Sponsors are asked to submit a video (mp4) of the performance for each entry and, where the music to be performed is “Own choice,” a pdf file of the music score for the adjudicator. Further information about submission of videos and music will be provided in a later email.

Whenever possible, performances should be accompanied where appropriate.  In the present circumstances, however, it will also be acceptable for performers to sing or play without accompaniment or with an accompaniment that you may feel is less accomplished that you would otherwise wish.  Only the soloist will be adjudicated.

If you require further information and advice, please contact Beryl Fisher on 07939 264 588.  We are keen to do what we can to enable as many performers as possible to take part.

The adjudicator will view each performance video and each performer will receive a performance certificate and written adjudication with mark, where appropriate.  It is expected that certificates, awards and trophies will be presented as detailed in the Syllabus.

If performers for whom you are the Sponsor wish to take part in the virtual festival, you must let us know by replying to this email no later than Wednesday 17 February 2021.

You will have until Wednesday 31 March 2021 to provide a video of the performance and a pdf file of the music for the adjudicator where required.  We regret it will not be possible to accept performance video after Wednesday 31 March.

If you advise us by Wednesday 17 February 2021 that performers for whom you are the Sponsor wish to withdraw and not take part in the 2021 Festival, you will receive a full refund of your entry fees. If this is the case and you have paid by bank transfer, please include your bank details (sort code, account number and name of account holder) in your reply to this email. The Treasurer will credit your account with the appropriate amount.  If you paid by cheque you will realise your cheque has not yet been processed. We shall arrange with you to destroy your cheque securely. Cheques for those who wish to take part will now be processed.  We regret that we will be unable to refund entry fees for withdrawals made after Wednesday 17 February.

Thank you, as ever, for your cooperation in these difficult times.

Kind regards

Laura McEwan

General Secretary







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