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Welcome

Welcome to the syllabus for AFYM 2020. As you browse through you will notice several changes. 2019 was not an easy year for AFYM. The loss of our Entries Secretary, Jenn Milne, and the decision by the Council to charge us the full commercial hall hire rates mean that we have had some decisions to make to keep the AFYM on a firm footing. In planning for 2020, we take account of our new circumstances.

You will notice that the classes numbering system has changed, we hope that this will make it easier to recognise the type of class from the number. E.g. all piano classes have the prefix P, and all wind classes, W. All classes have a final letter, C for Competitive and N for Non-Competitive.

A more significant change is that AFYM entries will now be made online. We hope that the system will be clear and easy to use. You will automatically receive a receipt for your entry and be notified of your class times etc. by email. We believe that this will streamline the system. However, it means that we will not be able to accept any late entries whatsoever, as the entry line will cease to be ‘live’ at 23.30 on 31 October.

We have also decided to apply the same criteria to Competitive as Non-Competitive classes, that is, no performer will need to state at the time of entry what music they will be playing. This will be a disappointment to many who like to browse the Programme in advance of the Festival, but it is being done to avoid any awkward situations/disqualifications, and at the request of many teachers and students.

The Festival will remain based at the Guildhall for the solo and ensemble classes, but Schools’ Day will move to St Mary’s Church in the centre of Swansea. This is a beautiful building, and the Community there will make us very welcome, so we think that this will be a positive move.

Once again we are working in partnership with the BBC NOW and West Glamorgan Music to offer an orchestral workshop, and the players involved will be given complimentary tickets for a BBC NOW concert, which is always exciting.

We have a wonderful team of adjudicators with us: Beate Toyka, Peter Esswood and Zoe Smith return to us, and it is a pleasure to welcome them back. We also welcome John Reynolds on his first visit to AFYM. John will be running the popular Saxophone Workshop this year, and we hope to offer other short workshops and teaching sessions during the Festival, as time permits.

We remain committed to giving our young musicians the best possible festival and will strive to continue to do so. We look forward to seeing you at AFYM 2020

Penny Davies, June 2019

  • Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry

  • Adjudicator copies must be provided for all classes

  • Performers must provide their own accompanists

  • Keyboard accompaniment must be included in the performance if it is included in the piece

  • Additional classes—competitive and non-competitive—can be found in ‘more classes’

    • Please Note – The definitive version of the syllabus is in the online registration

    Click below for individual syllabus information, other wise, Download the FULL Syllabus HERE to read. If you would prefer to print yourself a booklet version then please Download the FULL Syllabus booklet version HERE.

    Download the Piano Syllabus HERE

    Competitive Classes

    CLASS P01C: GRADE 1 PIANO                                        FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS P02C: GRADE 2 PIANO                                         FEE £5.50

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 2 standard.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    Class P03C: GRADE 3 PIANO                                         FEE £6.00

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 4 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 3 standard.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS P04C: GRADE 4 PIANO                                         FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS P05C:   GRADE 5 PIANO                                        FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS P06C:   GRADE 6 PIANO                                         FEE £6.50

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 7 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 6 standard.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS P07C: GRADE 7 PIANO                                        FEE £7.00

    Own choice of one piece. Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 8 examination, of any board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 7 standard.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS P08C: PIANO AGE 10 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS P09C: PIANO AGE 11-13 YEARS                                        FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS P10C: PIANO SENIOR RECITAL CLASS 18 YEARS AND UNDER MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 6               FEE £10.00

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


    Non-Competitive Classes

    CLASS P50N: PIANO BEGINNERS & GRADE 1, 10 YEARS & UNDER                                         FEE £5.50
    Own choice of one solo piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS P51N: PIANO GRADES 2 & 3, 10 YEARS & UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS P52N: PIANO DUET AGE 7 YEARS AND UNDER WITH TEACHER/PARENT/ADVANCED STUDENT            FEE £6.00

    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 P53N: PIANO DUET AGE 8-10 YEARS WITH TEACHER/PARENT/ADVANCED STUDENT                                 FEE £6.00

    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 P54N: PIANO DUET AGE 11-13 YEARS WITH TEACHER/PARENT/ADVANCED STUDENT                                  FEE £6.00

    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 P55N: PIANO JUNIOR RECITAL GRADE 3 & UNDER                                         FEE £6.50

    Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 4 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Performers are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS P56N: PIANO INTERMEDIATE RECITAL GRADE 4-6                                        FEE £6.50

    Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 7 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Competitors are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period.
    Total time limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS P60N:   PIANO CONCERT CLASS AGE 9 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS P61N: PIANO INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 11-18 YEARS, GRADE 3 AND UNDER                FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS P62N: PIANO INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 18 YEARS & UNDER, GRADE 4 AND ABOVE

    FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS P63N: PIANO INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK OVER 18 YEARS                                         FEE £8.00

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


    END OF PIANO SECTION

    Download the Strings Syllabus HERE

    Competitive Classes

    CLASS S01C:   GRADE 1 BOWED STRINGS                                        FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS S02C:   GRADE 2 BOWED STRINGS                                        FEE £5.50

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 2 standard.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS S03C: GRADE 3 BOWED STRINGS                                         FEE £6.00

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 4 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 3 standard.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS S04C: GRADE 4 BOWED STRINGS                                         FEE £6.00

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 5 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 4 standard.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes


    CLASS S05C: GRADE 5 BOWED STRINGS                                         FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS S06C: GRADE 6 BOWED STRINGS                                         FEE £6.50

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 7 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 6 standard.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS S07C: GRADE 7 BOWED STRINGS                                         FEE £7.00

    Open to any performer who has not yet passed a Grade 8 examination or above, of any examining board. Own choice of one piece which must be of Grade 7 standard.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS S08C: STRINGS AGE 10 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS S09C: STRINGS AGE 12 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS S10C:   STRINGS AGE 15 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.50

    Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS S11C: STRINGS SENIOR RECITAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 6                                        FEE £10.00

    Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Performers are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period. Concerto movements to be played in M04C.
    Time Limit: 9 minutes


    Non-Competitive Classes

    CLASS S50N: VIOLIN BEGINNERS UNDER GRADE 3 10 YEARS & UNDER                                        FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS S51N: CELLO BEGINNERS UNDER GRADE 3 10 YEARS & UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS S52N: HARP BEGINNERS UNDER GRADE 3 10 YEARS & UNDER                                        FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS S60N: STRINGS CONCERT CLASS 9 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

    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 S61N: STRINGS INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 11-18 YEARS, GRADE 3 AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS S62N: STRINGS INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 18 YEARS & UNDER, GRADE 4 AND ABOVE                                        FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS S63N: STRINGS INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK OVER 18 YEARS                                         FEE £8.00

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


    END OF STRINGS SECTION

    Download the Wind Syllabus HERE

    Competitive Classes

    CLASS W01C: GRADES 1 AND 2 WOODWIND & BRASS                                         FEE £5.50

    Own choice of one piece of Grade 1 or 2 standard. Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 3 examination or above, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS W02C: GRADES 3 AND 4 WOODWIND & BRASS                                        FEE £6.00

    Own choice of one piece of Grade 3 or 4 standard. Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 5 examination or above, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes


    CLASS W03C: GRADE 5 WOODWIND & BRASS                                        FEE £6.50

    Own choice of one piece which must be of of Grade 5 standard. Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 6 examination or above, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes


    CLASS W04C:   WIND 10 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    Woodwind or Brass. Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS W05C:   WIND JUNIOR RECITAL GRADE 5 AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.50

    Open to any performer who has not passed a Grade 5 examination or above, of any examination board. Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Performers are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period.
    Total Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS W06C:   WIND SENIOR RECITAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER, MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 6                                         FEE £10.00

    Own choice of two contrasting pieces. Performers are advised to choose pieces differing in mood, style, tempo and musical period. Concerto movements to be played in M04C.
    Time Limit: 9 minutes


    Non-Competitive Classes

    CLASS W50N: SAXOPHONE BEGINNERS UNDER GRADE 3                                         FEE £5.50

    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 W51N: SAXOPHONE INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 18 YEARS AND UNDER, GRADE 3 AND ABOVE                                         FEE £6.50

    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 W52N: SAXOPHONE INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK OVER 18 YEARS, ANY GRADE                                         FEE £8.00

    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 W53N: SAXOPHONE WORKSHOP FOR ALL GRADES AND AGES

    FEE 18 YRS & UNDER £9.50                                        FEE 19 YRS & OVER £20.00

    Two hour group workshop including a short performance to family and friends. Please state your instrument and grade when entering. Music is provided on the day.


    CLASS W54N: WIND BEGINNERS UNDER GRADE 3, 10 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

    Open to players of any woodwind or brass instrument. Own choice of one piece.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS W60N:   WIND CONCERT CLASS AGE 9 YEARS & UNDER                                         FEE £5.50

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


    CLASS W61N: WIND INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 11—18 YEARS, GRADE 3 AND UNDER                                        FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS W62N: WIND INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK 18 YEARS AND UNDER, GRADE 4 AND ABOVE FEE                                         £6.50

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


    CLASS W63N: WIND INFORMAL PERFORMANCE AND FEEDBACK OVER 18 YEARS                                         FEE £8.00

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


    END OF WIND SECTION

    Download the More Classes Syllabus HERE

    Competitive Classes

    CLASS M01C: UNACCOMPANIED BACH MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 6                                         FEE £6.50

    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.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS M02C: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AGE 13 YEARS AND OVER                                        FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS M03C: BRITISH MUSIC MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 5                                         FEE £6.50

    Own choice of one piece by a British composer. Open to all instruments.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    CLASS M04C: CONCERTO AGE 20 YEARS AND UNDER                                         FEE £9.50

    Any one movement from a Concerto for any instrument, excluding piano.
    The orchestral part to be included, to be played on piano. Double concertos may be performed in this class, but there will only be one piano available which is for the orchestral part. Please use a group name when entering.


    CLASS M05C: WIND & STRINGS JUNIOR DUETS GRADE 3 AND UNDER                                        FEE £6.00

    Any one piece for two performers, playing the same or different instruments.   Neither player to have passed a Grade 4 examination, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS M06C: PIANO JUNIOR DUETS GRADE 3 AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    Any one piece for two performers, playing the piano.   Neither performer to have passed a Grade 4 examination, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS M07C: INTERMEDIATE DUETS GRADE 5 & UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    Any one piece for two performers, playing the same or different instruments, inclusive of all instruments Neither player to have passed a Grade 6 examination, of any examining board.
    Time Limit: 3 minutes


    CLASS M08C: SENIOR DUETS GRADE 6 AND ABOVE                                         FEE £6.50

    Any one piece for two performers, playing the same or different instruments, inclusive of all instruments.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes


    CLASS M09C: JUNIOR ENSEMBLES GRADE 5 & UNDER                                        FEE £10.00

    Any one piece for 3 to 6 performers on any instrument, without conductor.
    No member of the ensemble should have passed an examination higher than Grade 5, of any examining board. Please use a group name when entering.
    Time Limit: 4 minutes


    CLASS M10C:   SENIOR ENSEMBLE—OPEN                                         FEE £10.00

    Any one piece for 3 to 6 players on any instrument, at any grade, without conductor. Please use a group name when entering.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    Non-Competitive Classes

    CLASS M50N:   WELSH MUSIC, TRADITIONAL, FOLK, ETHNIC MUSIC AND JAZZ                                         FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS M51N: CLASSICAL COMPOSERS MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 3                                         FEE £6.00

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


    CLASS M52N: ROMANTIC COMPOSERS MINIMUM STANDARD GRADE 5                                        FEE £6.50

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


    CLASS M53N: BEGINNERS CHAMBER MUSIC AND DUET GRADE 3 AND UNDER                                         FEE £6.00

    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 M54N: FAMILY MUSIC PERFORMANCE                                         FEE £10.00

    Music-making as it used to be! For any groups comprising two 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.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes


    END OF SECTION

    IMPORTANT: NEW VENUE—ST MARY’S CHURCH SWANSEA ON FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2020—AHEAD OF MAIN FESTIVAL

    PRIMARY SCHOOL ENSEMBLES & RECORDER GROUPS

    Download the Schools Syllabus HERE

    Competitive Classes

    CLASS SCH1C:   RECORDER GROUP 11 YEARS AND UNDER                                        NO CHARGE

    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 the child plays a different instrument in each group.
    Time Limit: 7 minutes


    CLASS SCH2C:   PRIMARY SCHOOL ENSEMBLE                                         NO CHARGE

    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


    Non-Competitive Classes

    CLASS SCH50N: PRIMARY SCHOOL ENSEMBLE WITH OWN COMPOSITION                                         NO CHARGE

    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.
    Time Limit: 8 minutes


    CLASS SCH51N: PRIMARY SCHOOL MUSIC SHOWCASE                                         NO CHARGE

    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. 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


    END OF SCOOLS SECTION

    BBC NOW ORCHESTRAL WORKSHOP                                                                  NO CHARGE

    TCHAIKOVSKY’S NUTCRACKER—GRADES 1 TO 5

    TUESDAY 14 JANUARY 2020 6PM TO 8PM
    AT BISHOP GORE SCHOOL DE LA BECHE ROAD SKETTY SWANSEA SA2 9AP

    We are pleased to join again with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and West Glamorgan Music to offer a student orchestral workshop based on Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, to link in with the BBC NOW concert at the Brangwyn Hall on Friday 24th January.

    It is expected that the workshop will take the form of a training orchestra for all orchestral instruments, excluding harp, with the ability range of grade 1 to grade 5, but this is still to be confirmed. All participants are offered free tickets to the following BBC NOW concert, with further concessionary tickets for family members. For online registration and more details please check back here soon.