Piano Day

Saturday 23 November, School of Music Bangor University

Come and join in the fun!

The Piano Day will provide 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.

The Piano Day will be held in Bangor University’s Music Department on Saturday 23 November from 9.30am. There are a number of classes (solo and duets) and everyone is welcome to take part in as many as they would like, with the emphasis on performing in front of an audience and receiving feedback from the adjudicators. Every pianist who takes part will receive a certificate of participation.

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 a concert at 4:00pm.  

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
Under 18 One or two pieces 6 min
9 Romantic
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 Title



Time limit


12 months or less tuition

10 years & under

One or two pieces

2 min


12 months or less tuition

11-17  years

One or two pieces

3 min


Adult: Standard up to Grade 5

Over 18

One or two  pieces

5 min


Adult: Grade 5+ Standard

Over 18

Two contrasting pieces

7 min



Under 14

Own choice

7 min



14-17 yrs

Own choice

10 min



Over 18

Own choice

12 min

Piano Duets


Class Title

Age Requirements Time limit



Under 12 Own choice 4 min



17 years and below Own choice 6 min



Over 18 Own choice 8 min


Duet: Teacher & pupil Any age  Own choice 5 min


Register to Take Part!

Fee: £5 per person (to compete in up to 3 classes) and then £2 for any additional classes.
Registration will close on 6 November.

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 2019.
  • Classes 13 & 14 – pianists in these categories need to have been receiving tuition for 12moths or less on the 31 August 2019.
  • Pianists can take part in any number of classes (if within age range).
  • For the £5 registration fee pianists can take part in up to 3 classes. If a pianist wishes to take part in more than 3 classes there will be a fee for £2 for each additional class.
  • In the graded classes, (classes 2-6) at least one of the pieces should be from the ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or London College of Music syllabus of any year. Any other piece(s) performed should be of a similar standard. 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.
  • Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult during the event.
  • 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 arrive by that time (unless they are in another class).
  • If a pianist pulls out for any reason after registration, the registration fee will not be refunded.
  • The concert is planned for 4pm but time may be adjusted if there are high numbers of applicants.


Additional information 11/10/19: If two pianists wish to perform as a duet but their ages don’t fit within one category, they are permitted to take part but will need to select to perform in the category which covers the age group of the eldest member (for example – if one member is 19 and the other 16 they should select the Duet over 18 category).

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