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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.


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.


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