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High Scorers’ Festival 2020 update

Due to the continuing uncertainties running live events, we have decided to move the South and Central rounds of the High Scorers' Festival online. This is to give participants the opportunity to still be rewarded for their wonderful efforts and have a fun project to work on at home! There is no additional fee for this. All details on how to do this have been sent to the participants via email. Any questions, please email: [email protected]

High Scorers’ Festival 2020 – Malaysia

After the success of last year’s competition, we are delighted to bring to you the High Scorers’ Festival for Malaysia. This will take place in five locations across Malaysia, following the same format as last year, and with a National Final held in Kuala Lumpur for grades 8 and ARSM. Please see updated Festival Information Pack for more details.

Our objective is to give more opportunities for highest scoring candidates to participate in celebratory events, work on new repertoire that goes beyond the exam requirements, gain valuable experience from performing on stage as well as seeing your peers perform, and to give everyone the chance to be further recognised for their musicianship and performing skills.

All distinction holders from 2019 practical exams grades 1-8 and ARSM diploma are eligible to take part in this exciting festival.

Ensemble Category

We also have a special ensemble category (up to 5 performers), which all distinction holders from 2019 practical exams grades 1-8 and ARSM diploma are eligible to take part in. As long as one person in the ensemble has gained a distinction (and all other participants have taken and passed an ABRSM exam) in 2019, you can enter for this category as well.

How to enter?

Please make sure you have read and understood all the guidelines in the Festival Information pack:

Registration is now closed

  • Must achieve a distinction for grades 1-8 practical and ARSM diploma exams in 2019 in order to enter.
  • Must enter to compete in the correct event location, depending which state you took the exam.
  • Must NOT play exam pieces from any syllabus that was valid in 2019 (including syllabus overlaps), any new syllabus for 2020 or those pieces from a higher grade. See p.3 of the Festival Information Pack for exact syllabuses which are not allowed. The only exception is for ARSM diploma entries who may play a piece from their exam programme if they wish.
  • You must play a piece that is within the maximum time limits stated. There is no minimum time limit for a piece.
  • Entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. We will close categories without notice, once they are full.
  • Entries are not confirmed until payment is made AND choice of piece is confirmed. Requests to change pieces after 7 days from submission of registration date until registration closing date will bear an admin fee of RM 30.00. No piece change is allowed after the closing date.
  • You must bring one (01) copy of the score for the judges. A photocopy is okay for this purpose only.
  • No rehearsal or warm-up slots are available for the competition. Participants who arrive early on the competition day cannot enter the competition room to rehearse or warm-up.
  • Deadline for entries is four weeks before each competition round. No late entries will be accepted.
  • No videography is allowed during the competition.
  • We also have a special Ensemble Category, for instrumentalists / singers this year. See p.8-9 of the Festival Information Pack for full details.

Full competition rules and details, including terms and conditions, can be found in the Festival Information Pack.

i. Only registrations with full payment submitted via the online registration form will be accepted between 25 November 2019 and four weeks prior to the competition date (as specified on Page 6).
ii. Late Registration will not be considered.
iii. Places in the competition are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Once full, a category may be closed without prior notification. You are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment. Grades 1-3 will particularly be in high demand due to the large volume of distinction holders in these categories.
iv. Please do not bank in cash when paying for the event! Payment options are via online banking / telegraphic transfer only. MYOF will be collecting the funds on behalf of ABRSM.
v. This competition is only eligible to High Scorers from Malaysia. High Scorers from other countries are not allowed to participate in this event.
vi. Full payment must be made during registration in order to secure a place.
vii. No refund will be entertained, should a participant withdraw from the competition after registration where payment has already been submitted.
viii. Adjudicators’ decisions are final and cannot be challenged. Marks awarded will not be disclosed, but an individual comment sheet is provided for each participant and verbal feedback given during the prize giving.
ix. The organizer reserves the right to use all photographs and/or videos from the competition for future promotional materials.
x. Participants are not allowed to film/video/record audio of the competition, unless it is of their own child performing. This video must NOT be published online, due to performing and composition copyright.
xi. It is the responsibility of the participants to arrive on time for their competition category. Exact timings for the day will be published online and emailed to participants at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. Participants must be ready and willing to perform earlier or later than their scheduled time due to any cancellations and unforeseen schedule changes.
xii. A certificate of participation will only be given to participants who have attended and performed, including piano accompanists. Kindly ensure that all the names are spelt correctly during the online registration (including the teacher names). Certificate re-prints will be charged at RM 10 each, including re-prints of the letters of appreciation for teachers. Postage charge is additional to this. Self-collection in Klang Valley is possible.
xiii. All accommodation and transport arrangements are the responsibility of the participant and the organiser will not be responsible for arranging this.
xiv. Please ensure to bring one copy of the music to the event for the adjudicators reference. It is okay to provide a photocopied score for the adjudicator, but if you are playing with the music you MUST play from the original score. Photocopies are not allowed, except to assist with difficult page turns. You may bring a page turner if you require it.
xv. Grand piano, adjustable stool, chairs, and music stands will be provided. Other instruments are not provided. Foot stalls (guitar) and extension pedals (for younger / shorter pianists) are not provided; however you are welcome to bring your own. Please contact us if you have bulky instruments (percussion / harp) and need to arrange delivery to the venue.
xvi. No rehearsal time will be given prior to the competition. Access to the competition room is not allowed, until the performers are invited in to take their seats and the doors are open to the general public.
xvii. If music stands are required, our stage assistant will bring this on stage and help to adjust it to your preferred height. However, it is YOUR decision as a performer to decide where you want the music stand to be positioned. You are also welcome to move the stand yourself once it has been placed on stage, so that you are comfortable with the position of it.
xviii. You are encouraged to tune your instrument properly before playing – don’t worry if this takes some time. For lower grades (1-5) your teacher may assist you to tune the instrument.
xix. By submitting the online Application Form, which forms a part of the Rules & Regulations and Terms & Conditions of the High Scorers’ Festival, the participant is deemed to agree and comply with this document.

Dates and Locations
North Region

Date: Saturday 29 February 2020
Venue: Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang
States covered: Penang, Perak, Kedah & Perlis

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