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Orchestras and Bands  –  Classes 224 to 244

Class 224 – Orchestras – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 228-230. 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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 225 – Orchestras A

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 228-230 and not performing in classes 222, 224, 226 and 227.
Test Piece: As for class 224.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 226 – Orchestras B

Open (see regulation 3) to orchestras (which must include strings) ineligible for classes 228-230 and not performing in classes 222, 224, 225 and 227.
Test Piece: As for class 224, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 227 – Orchestras (adult performers)

For amateur orchestras (which must include strings) in which the majority of members are aged 19 and over.
Test Piece: As for class 224.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 228 – 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 219-221. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate. The A M Ross Memorial Trophy 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.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 229 – 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 219-221, 228, 230 and 231. 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 228, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 230 – Primary School Orchestras

For orchestras (which must include strings) from a primary school (see regulation 9) not performing in class 217, 219 and 221. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.
Test Piece: As for class 228, but the total playing time must not exceed 12 minutes.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 231 – School String Orchestras

For string orchestras from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 219-221, and 230. Apart from the conductor, no other adult may participate.
Test Piece: As for class 228.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 232 – Concert Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to concert bands ineligible for classes 234 and 235.
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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 233 – Concert Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to concert bands ineligible for classes 234 and 235 and not performing in class 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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 234 – School Concert Bands A

For concert bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 219-221. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded. 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.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 235 – School Concert Bands B

For concert bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 217-221, and 234. 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 234 but the total playing time must not exceed 10 minutes.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 236 – 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 217-221, 234, 235 and 239. 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.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 237 – Brass Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to brass bands ineligible for class 239.
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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 238 – Brass Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to brass bands ineligible for class 239 and not performing in class 237.
Test Piece: As for class 237.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 239 – School Brass Bands

For brass bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 219-221. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded. 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.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 240 – Accordion Orchestras – Open

For accordion orchestras (see regulation 3) not performing in classes 219-221.
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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 241 – Jazz Bands – Open

Open (see regulation 3) to jazz bands ineligible for class 243.
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.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 242 – Jazz Bands A

Open (see regulation 3) to jazz bands ineligible for class 243 and not performing in class 241.
Test Piece: As for class 241.
Entry fee: £40.00

Class 243 – School Jazz Bands

For jazz bands from a school (see regulation 9) not performing in classes 219-221. Apart from the conductor or leader, no other adult may participate. The James L McAdam Memorial Trophy Certificate may be awarded.
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.
Entry fee: £35.00

Class 244 – Wind Orchestras and Bands

Open (see regulation 3) to bands ineligible for classes 232-239 and 241-243, 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.
Entry fee: £40.00

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