Piano Day

Saturday 21 November 2020
(Online)

Come and join in the fun!

A great opportunity for pianists of all ages and abilities to perform in a friendly and positive atmosphere as part of the activities arranged to lead up to the next Wales International Piano Festival to be held in Caernarfon, 30 April – 3 May 2021.

The Piano Day will be held on-line through Zoom on Saturday 21 November from 9.30am. There are a number of classes (solo and duets) and everyone is welcome to take part in up to 3 classes, with the emphasis on performing to a (virtual) audience and receiving feedback from the adjudicators. Every pianist who takes part will receive a certificate of participation.

To make the Piano Day as enjoyable and stress free as possible we have decided that pianists from all classes may record their performance before the day and submit it to us by Monday, November 16th (Closing date to register November 9th).

Rather than place performances 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. the adjudicators will select a certain number of pianists who have made an impression during the day to perform in an on-line concert a few days after the Piano Day.

Adjudicators

Gwawr Owen

Gwawr Owen

Gwawr Owen was the first girl from Wales to be educated at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She graduated in music from King’s College London and a Masters Degree from The City University, London. Gwawr spent several years working for the BBC as a Music Producer and now works as a free-lance producer based in Cardiff.

Meurig Thomas

Meurig Thomas

Meurig is originally from Llangefni. He studied Music at the University of Sheffield and Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He also has an MA in Music Education from the University of Reading and holds both the LRAM and ARCM diplomas as a piano teacher.

In a varied career in education, Meurig has worked as a Director Of Music in several schools within the UK, as a radio produced for the BBC and also as a Registered Inspector of Schools across Wales. He continues to broadcast frequently on television and radio and is busy as an Eisteddfod and Festival adjudicator. Recently he adjudicated the Gregynog Instrumental competition in Powys and the National Choral Eisteddfod in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also a visiting teacher at the British Georgian Music Academy in Tiblisi.

Meurig is also an examiner and presenter for ABRSM, a post that has seen him work across Europe, South East Asia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

Piano Day Classes

Graded Classes

ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or London College of Music

Class Standard (grade) Requirements Time limit
1 Pre-Grade 1 Two or three contrasting pieces 2 min
2 1 Two or three contrasting pieces 3 min
3 2&3 Two contrasting pieces 4 min
4 4&5 Two contrasting pieces 5 min
5 6&7 Own choice 6 min
6 8 Own choice 8 min

Period / Style Classes

Class Class Title Age Requirements Time limit
7 Baroque 1650-1750 Under 18 One or two pieces 6 min
8 Classical
1751-1820
Under 18 One or two pieces 6 min
9 Romantic
1821-1910
Under 18 One or two pieces 6 min
10 20th-21st Century
1911 – present
Under 18 One or two pieces 6 min
11 Jazz, Ragtime & Blues Under 12 One or two pieces 3 min
12 Jazz, Ragtime & Blues 12-18 One or two pieces 4 min

General Classes

Class

Class Title

Age

Requirements

Time limit

13

12 months or less tuition

10 years & under

One or two pieces

2 min

14

12 months or less tuition

11-17  years

One or two pieces

3 min

15

Adult: Standard up to Grade 5

Over 18

One or two  pieces

5 min

16

Adult: Grade 5+ Standard

Over 18

Two contrasting pieces

7 min

17

Recital

Under 14

Own choice

7 min

18

Recital

14-17 yrs

Own choice

10 min

19

Recital

Over 18

Own choice

12 min

Piano Duets

Class

Class Title

Age Requirements Time limit

20

Duet*

Open

Teacher and pupil allowed

Own choice 8 min

 *Duet class – all performers are expected to keep within Covid-19 regulations. We therefore allow each member to record their part separately and use a computer programme to put together or you might wish to perform on two separate keyboards rather than two sitting at the same piano etc.

Register to Take Part!

Fee: £6 per person to compete in up to 3 classes.
Everyone wishing to take part must register, this includes for the Q&A session.

Registration will close on 9 November.

Recording your performance ahead of the Piano Day

To make the Piano Day as enjoyable and stress free as possible we have decided that pianists from all classes may record their performance before the day and submit it to us by Monday, November 16th. 

Recording a performance for the Piano Day will ensure that the sound of the recording is of good quality and that all pianists can relax on the day while listening to the performances before receiving their feedback. Recording performances will also help develop different skills and since leading music exam boards such as ABRSM and Trinity are holding remotely assessed exams at the moment, this will be useful practice for the future.

Guidance on how to record:

  1. Record in ‘Landscape’
  2. You might want to record on your phone, rather than a tablet, as generally phones have better microphones.
  3. You must record your performance for each class in one take i.e. if you are performing two or more pieces they need to be recorded in one take.
  4. We must be able to see the pianist’s hands and face in recording
  5. Submit your recordings to office@pianofestival.co.uk on We Transfer, Google Drive or Dropbox by Monday 16th November.
  6. Please remember to name each file clearly stating your name and number of class the recording relates to.
  7. Any problem do get in touch and we will be happy to help.

We have therefore extended the registration date to Monday 9th November 2020

Register on-line www.pianofestival.co.uk

Recordings by Monday 16th November 2020

Rules and Further Guidance

  • Pianists from any country are welcome to take part in the Piano Day.
  • Pianists must be within the relevant age for the class on 31 August 2020.
  • For the £6 registration fee pianists can take part in up to 3 classes (provided they are within the age limits).
  • In the graded classes, (classes 2-6) the pieces may be from the ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or London College of Music syllabus of any year. In the case of class number 1 (pre-grade 1) any pieces that are of pre-grade 1 standard may be performed.
  • The same piece(s) may be performed in more than one class.
  • Duets – Only one member needs to register (and pay) but there will be space to enter the name of the other member of the duo on the registration form.
  • Duet class – all performers are expected to keep within Covid-19 regulations. We therefore allow each member to record their part separately and use a computer programme to put together or you might wish to perform on two separate keyboards rather than two sitting at the same piano etc.
  • Participants will need to send the video of their performance to us by 16th November and the videos will be played during the classes on the day.
  • The decisions of the adjudicators are final and cannot be challenged.
  • Make sure you keep within the stated time limit.
  • After the deadline the organisers will draw up a timetable considering which classes each pianist is taking part in. The aim is for the pianists to sit in for as much of their class as possible in order to support and learn from each other. At the end of each class the judges will give verbal feedback before moving on to the next class. We will therefore inform all pianists before the day, the time each class starts and all pianists are expected to log on to Zoom by that time (unless they are in another class).
  • An email with a link to log on will be sent out a few days before the Piano Day. This link must not be shared with anyone else. Any tutor wishing to join to watch their student’s class should contact us separately for the link.
  • A responsible adult must be present in the home to supervise pianists aged under 18 taking part.
  • We will share further guidance relating to the use of zoom before the day.
  • If a pianist pulls out for any reason after registration, the registration fee will not be refunded.