2018 Syllabus

Welcome to the syllabus for AFYM 2018

 

  • The 2018 festival marks an important landmark for the AFYM as it is our 25th anniversary. Founded in 1993, by two enterprising music teachers, the first festival lasted only for one day in a single venue. The festival now extends over six days and runs in two or three halls at any one time. We hope that we are offering something for everyone to enjoy, and in which to take part.

    To celebrate our anniversary, our President – Pamela Wedgwood, will be holding two composition workshops, and we will be working in partnership with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Swansea Music Service to offer two workshops, one for junior strings and the other, for full orchestra.

    Once again, we have put in place a wonderful team of adjudicators, some new faces and some old friends returning to the festival. We welcome back the international clarinettist David Campbell, who was our first woodwind adjudicator in 1994. Gerard McChrystal will hold his popular saxophone workshop, and we hope to offer masterclass opportunities during the festival.

    We look forward to seeing you at AFYM 2018, and to hearing you play.

    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text

  • Each year, AFYM is please to present a number of contrasting but complementary workshops for students of varying ages and abilities.
    Sunday 21st January: BBC NOW Workshop & performance – Brangwyn Hall.

    For string players Grade 6 and above. Other instruments at an advanced level.

    Sunday 4th February: BBC NOW Junior Workshop & performance – George Hall at the Guildhall

    For junior string players up to and including Grade 5.

    Saturday 3rd February 2018: Saxophone Workshop  & Performance with Gerard McChrystal – George Hall

    For all abilities

    Tuesday 6th February 2018: SCHOOLS DAY with adjudicator – Brangwyn Hall

     

    Saturday 17th March 2018 Composition Workshop with Pam Wedgwood-  Ffynone House School, Uplands, Swansea

     

    Sunday 18th March 2018: 3 pm: Festival Concert- Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

     

    Places are limited in number so early application is advised. Plase see the ENTRY FORMS Tab to download your application form.

  • GRADE CLASSES:-     NOTE RULE 18.

    Please ensure that your piece is of the correct standard. Anyone playing a much more difficult piece than the Grade stipulated risks being disqualified.

    CLASS 1: Up to Grade 3 NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one solo piece. Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board. Please state your level of playing (beginner, Grade 1 etc.) on your entry form.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 2: Grade 1


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 2 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 1 standard. Grade 2 examination pieces must be played in Class 3.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 3: Grade 2


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 2 standard. Grade 3 examination pieces must be played in Class 10.

    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 6: Duet with teacher/parent/advanced student – 9 years & under – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one or two duets, the child to play the Primo part. Only the child will be adjudicated.

    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 7: Duet with teacher/parent/advanced student – 10 – 12 years  – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one or two duets, the child to play the Primo part. Only the child will be adjudicated.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 8: 10 Years and under


    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 9: 12 Years and under


    Own choice of one piece
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 10: Grade 3


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 4 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece of Grade 3 standard. Grade 4 examination pieces must be played in Class 11.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 11: Grade 4


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 5 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 4 standard. Grade 5 examination pieces must be played in Class 14.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 14: Grade 5


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 6 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 5 standard. Grade 6 exam pieces should be played in Class 17.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    CLASS 16: 15 years and under


    Own choice of one piece
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    CLASS 17: Grade 6


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 7 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 6 standard. Grade 7 exam pieces should be played in Class 18.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    CLASS 18: Grade 7


    Own choice of one piece. Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 8 examination of any board. Own choice of any one piece of Grade 7 standard. Grade 8 exam pieces should be played in Class 20.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 19: Junior recital – Grade 5 & under – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Open to any player who has not yet passed a Grade 6 examination. Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Competitors are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period. Grade 6 pieces to be played in Class 17
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 20: Senior recital – 18 years & under – Minimum standard grade 6


    Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Competitors are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period.
    Time Limit: 9 minutes

    PIANO DUETS


    See Classes 54, 55 and 56 listed under ‘Classes for all instruments’ for piano duets

    Notices for Piano Section


    Additional classes for pianists, competitive and non-competitive can be found in the section marked ‘Classes for all instruments’. CLASSES 50 – 63, PF1-PF3, TFE and JZ are open to players of ALL INSTRUMENTS.  ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES (See rules 7 & 8) Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry (For entry details and fees please see relevant tab)
    The festival reserves the right to combine, limit, subdivide or cancel classes due to entry numbers.

    For special events please see the 2018 Events Tab


    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text

  • GRADE CLASSES:-    NOTE RULE 18

    Please ensure that your piece is of the correct standard. Anyone playing a much more difficult piece than the Grade stipulated risks being disqualified.

    Open to players of violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar and harp (Some classes are open to bowed strings only)
    Performers MUST provide their own accompanists.
    Click here for some recommendations.

    CLASS 24V: Violin – Beginners and up to Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one solo piece. Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination. Please state your level of playing on the entry form.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 24C: Cello – Beginner and up to Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one solo piece. Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 24H: Harp – Beginners and up to Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one solo piece. Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 25: Grades 1 & 2 (Bowed Strings ONLY)


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above of any examining board. Own choice of one piece of Grade 1 or 2 standard. Grade 3 examination pieces must be played in Class 26A.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 26A: Grade 3 (Bowed Strings ONLY)


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 4 examination or above of any examining board. Own choice of one piece of Grade 3 standard. Grade 4 examination pieces must be played in Class 26B.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 26B: Grade 4 (Bowed Strings ONLY)


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 5 examination or above of any examining board. Own choice of one piece of Grade 4 standard. Grade 5 examination pieces must be played in Class 27.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes
    NOTE: Classes may be combined depending on entries

    CLASS 27: Grade 5 (Bowed Strings ONLY)


    Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 6 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece of Grade 5 standard. Grade 6 examination pieces must be played in Class 31.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    Note: Classes 28, 29, 30  and 32 are open to all string players including harpists

    CLASS 28: Age 10 years and under


    Own choice of any one piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 29: Age 12 years and under


    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 30: Age 15 years and under


    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 31(6): Grade 6 (Bowed strings only)


    Own choice of one piece of grade 6 standard. Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a grade 7 examination of any examining board.  Grade 7 pieces should be played in the grade 7 class.
    Total Time Limit: 6 minutes

    CLASS 31(7): Grade 7 (Bowed strings only)


    Own choice of one piece of grade 7 standard. Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a grade 8 examination of any examining board. Grade 8 pieces should be played in class Class 32.
    Total Time Limit: 6 minutes

    CLASS 32: Senior – 18 years & under – Minimum stadard grade 6


    Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Competitors are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period
    Time Limit: 9 minutes

    Notices for String Section


    Additional solo classes can be found in the section marked ‘Classes for all instruments’. For concerto Class see Class 53. CLASSES 50 – 63, PF1-PF3, TFE and JZ are open to players of ALL INSTRUMENTS. PLEASE READ THE RULES VERY CAREFULLY, IN PARTICULAR RULES 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES (rule 8) Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry (For entry details and fees please see relevant tab)

    BBC NOW  Workshops

    The AFYM is pleased to announce that the Festival is again working in partnership with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Swansea Music Service to offer two workshops:

    Full Orchestral Workshop & Performance:

    Sunday 21st January 2018 at the Brangwyn Hall.

    This is open to all string players of Grade 6 and above. Other instruments at an advanced level. Please contact Carl Johnson the Workshops Co-ordinator. Application forms are available under the Entry Forms tab.

    Junior Strings Workshop & Performance:

    Sunday 4th February 2018 at the George Hall in the Guildhall.

    This is open to all string players up to and including Grade 5.

    Application forms are available under the Entry Forms tab.

    Concert with BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Friday 9th February 2018, 7:30 pm at the Brangwyn Hall.

    Free tickets for workshop participants
    BBC Now Workshops are FREE


    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text

  • PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLASSES ARE NON-COMPETITIVE

    CLASS SX1: Beginners and Grades 1 & 2 Workshop


    Own choice of one or two pieces. Performers may play more than once in this class. The class can include solo performances, duets and ensembles.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS SX2: Grade 3 and above – Age 18 years and under.


    Informal performance and feedback class. Performers may play more than once in this class. The class can include solo performances, duets and ensembles.
    Time Limit for each entry: 5 minutes

    CLASS SX3: Any Grade – Age 18 years and over


    Informal performance and feedback class. Performers may play more than once in this class. The class can include solo performances, duets and ensembles.
    Time Limit for each entry: 5 minutes

    Notices for the Saxophone Section


    CLASSES 50 – 61, PF1-PF3, TFE and JZ are open to players of ALL INSTRUMENTS. PLEASE READ THE RULES VERY CAREFULLY, IN PARTICULAR RULES 5, 7, 8 and 9. ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES (rule 8) Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry (For entry details and fees please see relevant tab)

    Saxophone workshop with GerardMcChrystal

    SAXOPHONE WORKSHOP with GERARD McCHRYSTAL

    Saturday, 3rd February  at 1:30 pm followed by a performance at 3:30 pm.

    N.B. The venue is The George Hall at the Guildhall

    If you wish to participate in the Workshop, please include it in your entry form together with your instrument and grade.

    Entry fees:  18 years and under £8.00    Over 18 years £18.00


    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text
  • CLASS SSC: Primary School music showcase NON-COMPETITIVE


    Come along and showcase your school’s music, percussion band, orchestra, wind/brass/string group, choir etc.  Join us and make music. A chance to perform in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Brangwyn Hall. Primary School ensembles playing a piece for any number and combination of players and/or singers.  Teachers may be involved as performers and/or conductor!  Schools may enter more than one ensemble involving the same or different children. All schools will be presented with a certificate
    Time Limit: 7 minutes

    CLASS 33: Recorder group, 11 years and under


    Own choice of one or two pieces (unaccompanied). A school may enter more than one Ensemble provided that different children are involved in each ensemble. A child may perform in more than one ensemble only when A DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT IS PLAYED IN EACH GROUP.
    Time Limit: 7 minutes

    CLASS 34: Primary school ensemble


    Own choice of one or two pieces by a mixed instrumental ensemble (minimum 7 pupils). Only one teacher/adult may be involved as non-playing conductor. A school may enter more than one ensemble, provided that different children are involved in each ensemble.
    Total Time Limit: 8 minutes

    CLASS 35: Primary school ensemble with own composition – NON-COMPETITIVE


    One piece for any instruments which has been written by the children to be performed by an ensemble of any combination of instruments and/or voices (minimum number of 7 pupils).  Only one teacher may be involved as non-playing conductor.  Each school may enter more than one ensemble provided that different children are involved in each Ensemble.
    Total Time Limit: 8 minutes

    Notices for the Primary School ensembles & Recorder groups Section


    ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES (rule 8) Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry (For entry details and fees please see relevant tab)


    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text
  • GRADE CLASSES:-    NOTE RULE 18

    Please ensure that your piece is of the correct standard. Anyone playing a much more difficult piece than the Grade stipulated risks being disqualified.

    Performers MUST provide their own accompanists.
    Click here for some recommendations.

    CLASS 39: Beginners and up to Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Open to player of any woodwind or brass instrument who have not yet passed a Grade 3 examination. Own choice of one piece. Please state your level of playing on the entry form.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 40: Grades 1 & 2


    Own choice of one piece of grade 1 ore 2 standard. Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board. Grades 3 and 4 pieces should be played in Class 41.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 41: Grades 3 & 4


    Own choice of one piece of Grade 3 or 4 standard.  Open to any competitor who has not yet passed a Grade 5 examination or above of any examining board.Grade 5 exam pieces should be played in Class 43
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 42: Age 11 years and under


    Open to any competitor age 11 or under. Own choice of one piece. This should NOT be a current examination piece set for any grade.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 43: Grade 5


    Own choice of one piece of Grade 5 standard. Open to all competitors who have not passed a Grade 6 examination of any examining board. Grade 6 pieces should be played in Class 48.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    CLASS 47: Junior recital – Grade 5 and under


    Open to any player who has not yet passed an examination higher than Grade 5. Own choice of two pieces. Competitors are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo  musical period.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minute

    CLASS 48: Senior – 18 years and under – Minimum standard Grade 6


    Own choice of two pieces.  Performers are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period. (Concerto movements to be played in Class 53).
    Time Limit: 6 minute

    Notices for Woodwind & Brass Section


    For concerto Class see Class 53. CLASSES 46 – 59  are open to players of ALL INSTRUMENTS. PLEASE READ THE RULES VERY CAREFULLY, IN PARTICULAR RULES 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10. ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES (rule 8) Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry (For entry details and fees please see relevant tab)

    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text

  • GRADE CLASSES:-    NOTE RULE 18

    Please ensure that your piece is of the correct standard. Anyone playing a much more difficult piece than the Grade stipulated risks being disqualified.

    ORGANISTSthere is no access to the Brangwyn Hall organ in 2018

    CLASS 51: Unaccompanied Bach: Minimum standard Grade 6


    Own choice of one piece of music by J S Bach for any instrument, to be played unaccompanied. Credit will be given for authenticity of Baroque performance. See rule 13.
    Time Limit: 5 minute

    CLASS 52: Contemporary Music – 13 years and over


    Own choice of one piece of music written since 1950 for any instrument.  See Rule 13
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 53: Concerto – 20 years and under


    Any one movement from a Concerto for any instrument, excluding piano. Piano to play the orchestral part. The orchestral part to be included. Double concertos may be performed in this class, but there will only be one piano available

    CLASS 54(P): Junior duets – Up to and including Grade 3: Piano


    Any ONE piece for two players, playing the piano. Neither player to have passed a Grade 4 exam of any examining board. To save space in the programme, please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Duo. (See Rules 4 & 13)
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 54(W&S): Junior duets – Up to and including Grade 3: Wind and Strings


    Any ONE piece for two players, playing the same or different instruments. Neither player to have passed a Grade 4 exam of any examining board. To save space in the programme, please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Duo. (See Rules 4 & 13)
    Time Limit: 3 mins
    NOTE: Classes 54(p) and 54(w&s) may be combined depending on numbers

    CLASS 55: Intermediate duets – Up to and including Grade 5


    Any ONE piece for two players, playing the same or different instruments. Neither player to have passed a Grade 6 exam of any examining board. To save space in the programme, please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Duo. (See Rules 4 & 13)
    Time Limit: 3 minute

    CLASS 56: Senior duets – Grade 6 and above (see rule 4)


    Any ONE piece for two players, playing the same or different instruments, inclusive of all instruments. To save space in the programme, please use general name, e.g. The Smith Duo. (See Rules 4 and 13)
    Time Limit: 4 minute

    CLASS 57: Ensembles – Class A


    Any ONE piece for 3 to 6 players on any instrument, without conductor. No member of the ensembles should have passed an examination higher than Grade 5 of any examining board. To save programme space please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Ensemble. (See Rule 13)
    Time Limit: 4 minute

    CLASS 58: Ensembles – Class B


    Any ONE piece for 3 to 6 players on any instrument, without conductor. To save space in the programme, please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Ensemble. (See Rule 13)
    Time Limit: 5 minute

    PLEASE NOTE

    Performers may make more than one entry in Classes PF1, PF2 & PF3 providing that a different instrument is played for each entry. If you do wish to play 2 instruments, you must make 2 separate entries. Classes PF1, PF2 & PF3 will be divided into piano, strings, wind and given to the specialist adjudicator wherever possible.

    CLASS PF1: Informal performance & feedback – 18 years and under – Up to Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one or two pieces. Open to any performer of any age or ability; as soloist, duet or ensemble, including duet with teacher.
    Total Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS PF2: Informal performance & feedback – 18 years and under – Grade 4 and over – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one or two pieces. Open to any performer of any age or ability; as soloist, duet or ensemble, including duet with teacher.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS PF3: Informal performance & feedback – Over 18 years – NON-COMPETITIVE

    Own choice of one or two pieces. Open to any performer of any age or ability; as soloist, duet or ensemble, including duet with teacher.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS TFE & JZ: Welsh, Traditional, Folk and Ethnic Music & Jazz – NON-COMPETITIVE


    A class to celebrate traditional, folk and ethnic music of all styles and nations. Open to all instruments and voices.
    Time Limit: 5 minute

    CLASS 50: British Music – Minimum standard Grade 5 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of ONE piece by a British composer. Open to all instruments.  (See rule 13)
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 59 – Workshop – Beginners chamber music & duet – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of one piece. An ideal way for young players to begin to explore the art of playing as an ensemble. The majority of the performers in the ensemble should not have passed an examination higher than Grade 3.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes

    CLASS 60: Concert class for 9 years and under – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of any one or two pieces. A chance for the youngest students to give a performance in an encouraging and supportive environment. Any instrument as soloist, or in a duet with parent/teacher/ advanced student.
    Total Time Limit: 2 minutes

    CLASS 61: Family music performace – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Music-making as it used to be: For any groups comprising of 2 or more players with or without conductor. Members of the ensemble must be related to one another, also the ensemble must include players of 18 years or under. All groups will receive an adjudication. Please use a general name, e.g. The Smith Family
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    CLASS 62: Classical composers class – Minimum standard Grade 3 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of ONE piece (movement of a Sonata or Sonatina) from the classical era. Open to any instrument.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes

    CLASS 63: Romantic composers class – Minimum standard Grade 5 – NON-COMPETITIVE


    Own choice of ONE piece written by a composer of the Romantic Era. Open to any instrument.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes

    If you would prefer you can download the full syllabus by clicking this text
  • Piano, Strings & Schools Classes

    BBC NOW workshop is FREE
    All School classes are FREE

    All entries must be sent, on the official entry form or a copy thereof, with a stamped, addressed envelope and the appropriate fees to:
    Mrs Jenn Milne, AFYM Entries Secretary, 16 Gower Road, Sketty, SWANSEA, SA2 9BY Telephone: 01792 547902
    If you wish to participate in a Workshop, please include it in your entry form stating your instrument and grade.

    Class Number Cost
    1, 2, 3, 24V, 24C, 24H 25, 26A £4.50
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 26B, 27, 28, 29 £5.00
    14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 £5.50
    31(6), 31(7) £6.00
    20, 32 £8.00

     Woodwind, Brass, Saxophone & All Instrument Classes

    Saxophone workshop with Gerard McChrystal: 18 yrs and under £8.00 Over 18 years £18.00

    All entries must be sent, on the official entry form or a copy thereof, with a stamped, addressed envelope and appropriate fee to:
    Mrs Phyll Barclay, AFYM Entries Secretary, 5 Pyle Road, Bishopston, SWANSEA, SA3 3HH. Telephone: 01792 232699.
    If you wish to participate in a Workshop, please include it in your entry form stating your instrument and grade.

    Class Number

    Cost

    39, 40, 42, 60, SX1 £4.50
    41, 54(P), 54(W&S), 55, 59, PF1, 62 £5.00
    43, 47, 50, 51, 52, 56, 57, 58, 61, 63 £5.50
    SX2, SX3, PF2, PF3, TFE & JZ £5.50
    33, 34, 35 & SSC FREE
    48 & 53 £8.00