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.
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.