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Forest of Dean Solo & Ensemble Championship

Published in General on 2013-06-06 by Forest of Dean Area Youth Bands

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The 7th Forest of Dean Solo & Ensemble Championship takes place on Saturday 13th July 2013 at the Baptist Church, Newland Street, Coleford, Glos.

The adjudicator for the day is Mr. Richard Jones PhD (Ethnomusicology) MA (Composition), an affiliated member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators who has adjudicated solo and ensemble categories at the Urrd International Eisteddfod and is an instrumental teacher with the Warrington Borough Music Service.

In recognition of the diverse musical tastes and abilities many of today's musicians have, the format of the FOD Solo & Ensemble Championship has been completely overhauled to allow more musicians to participate and this year all classes are open to all instrumentalists, not just brass, and vocalists. In order to facilitate this change solo class definitions have been modernised and are now categorised by approximate playing standard rather than age.

For those musicians who welcome a greater challenge we have 3 Recitalist classes which require the competitor to present an own choice programme of extended duration. The winners of the Junior Recitalist and the Senior Recitalist classes will be crowned Forest of Dean Junior Young Musician of the Year 2013 and Forest of Dean Senior Young Musician of the Year 2013 respectively and will be invited to perform a recital in the Forest of Dean next spring.

Also new for 2013 are the Jazz Solo classes designed to cater for all those budding Jazz musicians who wish to showcase their considerable talents!

There is the option for soloists to perform with a CD/Mp3 accompaniment which should continue to encourage young (and older) musicians who do not have the facility to rehearse with a pianist to enter the competition. An official accompanist will also be available should there be sufficient demand. 

In addition to our solo classes we have two classes suitable for small ensembles from duets to Quintets which again are open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28th June 2013 and you can enter online at 

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