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Judging criteria and awards for the Performing Arts Festival

​View the judging criteria and awards for the Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts.

Certificates and feedback

Everybody who enters the festival will receive a certificate and some feedback from the judges, even if you enter a non-competitive class.

If you enter a competitive class, your performance will be graded by the judges and you may be awarded either a commended certificate, a highly commended certificate or an honours certificate.

Awards

Medals and shields will also be awarded on the day to the performers in each competitive class with the highest marks.

Please note: if there aren't enough entries in your class, we won't give out these awards.

Judging criteria

Adjudicators will work to the following guidelines when grading your performance:

  • The adjudicators will mark each performance out of 100.
  • The marks will reflect the standard of how the piece is performed not the difficulty of the piece attempted. For example, a simpler performance which is played to a very high standard should receive higher or equal marks to a harder piece which is not played as well.
  • Adjudicators will use the following qualifying marks for certificates:
    • Honours certificate: 90 marks and above. An outstanding performance in terms of accuracy, detail and interpretation.
    • Highly Commended certificate: 75-89 marks. A very good performance with very few weaknesses in accuracy and style.
    • Commended certificate: 60-74 marks. A good performance showing good preparation and understanding of the music.

Contact

01706 926756

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Rochdale Music Service
Floor 2 Rochdale Town Hall
The Esplanade
Rochdale OL16 1AB