String Syllabus

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String Syllabus 2019

  • Section closed for online entries.

  • Section dates from 5 March to 7 March 2019

  • Venue: Godalming Borough Hall

  • To enter using a paper entry form please contact section secretary


Download syllabus as a PDF
  • All Enquiries to:

    Mrs Rachel Martin
    18 Windy Wood
    GU7 1XX

    01483 425644
    [email protected]


DUOS may be scheduled on string or wind days depending on size and nature of entries;

Wind days 18th-21st March 2019

If entries for a particular class are high, we may subdivide.
Please remember that time allowances are generous. Use of shorter pieces will not be penalised but time limits must not be exceeded.
8 music stands will be available.
Grades referred to are from ABRSM syllabus or the equivalent.
Orchestra, Esembles and duos which may be of interest to string players can be found in Wind section.

We encourage instrumentalists and singers to provide their own accompanists but if this is not possible then a list of people who are happy to be approached to accompany in the Festival can be found on the pdf of the String and Singing Syllabuses (please note section about accompanists found in the Terms of entry)

Our Strings Adjudicator: Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood has performed in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist. He grew up in Zimbabwe before studying violin and composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He played in British orchestras and led the Mercury Ensemble for Ballet Rambert.

As conductor acclaim he has worked with orchestras from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra strings to Brighton Youth Orchestra and its nationally acclaimed string ensemble. He is is currently Director of Music Youth Orchestras in Brighton and Hove, conductor of Somerset County Youth Orchestra, conductor of the Sinfonia Strings at TrinityLaban in London, Director of Music for Musicians of All Saints and principal conductor for European Youth Summer Music.

He has been Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (formerly Trinity College of Music) for about 25 years and annually teaches in India as part of their outreach programme. Many of his former students are now professional performers. He also has an active life as a solo violinist in many countries.

As an adjudicator he is in constant demand and adjudicates in Britain, Ireland, the Far East and Africa.


Strings Classes and Prices

ReferenceClassTrophyTime limitFee
1 or 2 pieces can be played. An adjudication will be given but no marks awarded.
These classes are aimed at the inexperienced performer and if time allows a mini-workshop will follow.
ST01Solo up to Year 33 minutes£5.00
ST02Solo Year 4 - 64 minutes£5.00
ST03Solo Year 7 - 115 minutes£6.00
ST04Solo Sixth form / adult5 minutes£6.00
Competitive Inexperienced
More advanced performers should enter classes ST13 - 17
ST05Beginner StringsPARHAM CUP3 minutes£5.00
No more than 4 terms tuition by 1 January
ST06Novice up to Year 73 minutes£5.00
ST07Novice Year 8 & above4 minutes£6.00
Novice Solos for performers who have never won a class at a festival
1 or 2 pieces can be played in Beginner & Novice classes
ST08Up to Year 4 up to & including Grade 33 minutes£5.00
ST09Year 5 & 6 up to & including Grade 44 minutes£6.00
ST10Year 7 & 8 up to & including Grade 55 minutes£7.00
ST11Year 9 - 11 up to & including Grade 76 minutes£8.00
ST126th form / adult up to & including Grade 78 minutes£8.00
The RALPH TRUCKLE CUP and award of £25 for violin / viola will be awarded for the best performance up to Year 8 in classes ST08 - 10, 18
The KRAUS TROPHY is awarded for the best performance in classes ST08 - ST12
Challenge classes are for more advanced performers, less experienced should enter classes ST08-12
ST13Up to Year 4 Grade 4 and aboveAMSDEN CUP5 minutes£5.00
ST14Up to Year 6 Grade 5 and above6 minutes£6.00
ST15Up to Year 8 Grade 6 and aboveDOWNS CUP8 minutes£8.00
ST16Up to Year 11 Grade 8 and above9 minutes£8.00
ST176th form / adult Grade 8 and above10 minutes£8.00
The CHALLENGE CUP is awarded for the best performance from classes ST14, 16, 17
Own choice of two or three pieces from different periods and in contrasting styles.
ST18Up to Year 78 minutes£8.00
ST19Up to Year 11NEWMAN TROPHY10 minutes£10.00
ST20Any age15 minutes£12.00
ST21Unaccompanied Bach Class Open6 minutes£6.00
Any piece or pieces by Bach (not arrangements)
ST22Sonata Open
One movement in sonata form
10 minutes£9.00
ST23Concerto Open
One movement
FESTIVAL CUP10 minutes£9.00
The GODELLAS TROPHY is awarded for the best performance by a performer 14 yrs and over from classes ST16, 17, 20, 21, 22
Chamber Music
These classes are for mainly string instruments up to 8 players, one player to a part, without conductor.
ST24Up to and including Year 65 minutes£8.00
ST25Up to and including Year 95 minutes£8.00
ST26Up to and including Year 117 minutes£9.00
ST27Up to and including 6th form9 minutes£10.00
ST28Open10 minutes£10.00
The MAYOR MARTIN TROPHY is awarded for the best performance from Chamber Music classes
Additional trophies
THE MABBOTT CUP for cello is awarded to the best performance by any amateur cellist
The CECELIA CUP is awarded to the best performance by a beginner harpist
The FOSTER CUP is awarded to the best performance by any amateur harpist
The BAKER ROSEBOWL is awarded for the best performance by a viola player in duos or chamber music