Junior Vocal is a popular section. Classes in songs include solo, duet and trio classes for both boys and girls in a range of age categories up to age eighteen. Folk songs, songs from music theatre and early Italian aria all feature. There are classes for boys for both broken and unbroken voices. New for 2017 is a humorous song class.
Senior Vocal for adults (age 18 plus) offers that special chance to sing with a professional accompanist and get feedback on your performance. Classes span English song, lieder, French, Italian or Spanish song, folk song, operatic arias and oratorio. Classes in ‘Songs from Musical Theatre ’ and Jazz, Swing and Light Entertainment are also included. There is a special novice class for competitors who have not taken part in the festival before and a class for duet, trio or quartet performance. There is also a special solo class for age 60 years and over.
Many of the classes have cups awarded, but in addition there is a non-competitive class with adjudication only. An open Senior Ensemble class (of any combination of up to 10 voices) has previously attracted barbershop, small chamber and school vocal groups.
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