2022 Syllabus

Rules & Information


Provisional Timetable

While every effort will be made to adhere to the timetable, the number of entries may not always make this possible. The Secretary will be unable to give more definite information until the entries have been received.

Most classes will be held at Rye St Antony School, Pullen’s Lane, Oxford. Senior Piano Classes will be held in St. Edward’s School Oxford. The Class C piano class will be held at the TS Eliot Theatre in Merton College, Oxford. St Peter’s Church, Wolvercote has been provisionally booked for organ classes but this might be subject to change. See the Venues section for more information.


29th January 2022

Senior Piano, Organ, Composition & Guitar



30th January 2022

Class C & Strings



5th February 2022


TSections">Junior & Non-competitive Piano, Singing & possibly Chamber Music


6th February 2022

Junior and Non-competitive Piano, Strings & possibly Chamber Music



13th February 2022

Festival Concert

A small selection of Festival prize-winners will be invited to perform. The concert will start at 6 pm.

2022 Trophies & Awards

Linfield Ltd (Property Developers) has again given a substantial donation towards the prizes in class C.

First prize £200, Second prize £125 & Third prize £75

Cups will be awarded for the highest marks in the categories shown,
provided the winner has a minimum of 87 marks and subject to Rule 27.
In order to award cups the winner will be awarded marks out of 100.
The British & International Federation of Festivals’ marking categories are as follows:
OutstandingAn exceptional performance both technically and artistically
DistinctionAn excellent performance technically and artistically
CommendedA convincing performance technically and artistically
MeritA capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability
ModerateA performance showing development of technique and/or communication
FairA performance limited in its communication

Example Entry Form


Printed Entry Form

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If you need extra copies of the form in the centre section of the syllabus. You can view it by clicking the image above.
You should be able save or print the form from your browser. You can also use the on-line entry process.

Full Printed Syllabus

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This is the latest version of the 2022 Syllabus.

COVID-19 Impact

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This year we are planning to stage a full festival. If social distancing guidelines become more restrictive and we have to cancel the festival rest assured we will refund all entry fees already paid as we did in 2021.

We might also have to take the following additional precautions:-

  • Taking the temperature of people entering the main venues. Entry could be refused anyone with a high temperature reading.
  • Ask all entrants who have tested positive or have been asked to self-isolate not to attend. We will refund the entry fees of anyone forced to withdraw as a consequence.
  • Ask that anyone considered at risk/vulnerable does not attend this year’s festival.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all festival locations.
  • Performer’s seating, keyboards etc will be sanitised between each performance if required.
  • If a messenger steward is available they will be reponsible for sanitising used audience seating otherwise audience members will be asked to sanitise their seats before they leave.
  • We will support contactless electronic payment at the main venues to reduce risks from the exchange of cash.
  • We will be asking all participants to wear masks if the current guidance requires it. We will be forced to refuse entry to anyone not complying.
  • Any performer needing a music stand must bring their own.• Where practical one-way systems will be implemented.
  • Audiences will be restricted to numbers that allow the recommended social distance to be maintained.
  • We will not be providing any refreshments, but a room will be made available where participants can consume any refreshments they’ve brought with them.