Rock, Pop & Urban Syllabus 2024

Entries open 01/01/2024 and close 28/02/2024

Saturday May 11th at Reigate College

Adjudicator: Caroline Harrison

Caroline HarrisonCaroline studied at the Royal Academy of Music and, in 1988, joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola before taking up the position of Co Principal Viola with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1990, a position she held for over 30 years. During that time she toured the world both with the Orchestra and as a chamber musician and soloist playing with various ensembles. Caroline recorded Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Ludwig Mueller and the Orquestra de Cadaques conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. She has also taught on the orchestra specialism post-graduate course at the Royal College of Music and has been invited to judge on BBC Young Musician of the Year on several occasions.

During lockdown, Caroline offered recitals via Zoom to retirement villages which were very successful, and continued afterwards with a regular group of listeners.

Caroline left the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2021 to enjoy a more varied musical life. Since leaving, she is regularly invited to play at Glyndebourne and enjoys invitations to play as Guest Principal Viola with orchestras all over the country as well as giving various chamber music recitals.

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This is an exciting new venture, which provides a unique opportunity for young musicians locally. Reigate & Redhill Music and Drama Festival has teamed up with Reigate College to support young musicians, aged 10 to 18, who want to develop their performance skills in Rock, Pop or Urban Music.

There will be separate sessions for younger and older musicians. The sessions will take place at the Rispoli Theatre at Reigate College, where a full back line of equipment will be provided, so that you can bring your instruments, (bring your breakables if you are a drummer) then plug in and play two songs, or fill a 10 minute slot. You will receive feedback and advice from mentors who are industry professionals to help develop your stagecraft and confidence. In addition you will have the opportunity to watch and learn from other performers who are playing in your session. Shortlisted performers will be invited to play at other prestigious music events.

We are inviting entries from people who are soloists or in a band of up to six players. Soloists may use backing tracks if they wish and any genre of modern music is welcome, whether originals or covers.

We have limited capacity at the Theatre, so we urge you to apply quickly as entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Tickets for friends and family to watch your session will be available via the College website.


There will be 2 sessions, one for those aged 10 to 14 and one for those aged 15 to 18.

Entrants will be allotted a 10 minute slot in the session.

A full backline will be provided and full technical support will be on hand for set up.

Performers should bring their own instruments. Drummers should bring breakables. All other equipment will be provided by College including microphones, amplifiers etc.

If PAT testing or any other safety testing of performer’s equipment is required, entrants will be contacted ahead of the sessions.

There will be no rehearsal time in the programme so entrants should complete any rehearsals before attending the sessions.

Performers are responsible for the care of their own instruments (and related equipment). Reigate College and RRMDF do not accept any liability for performers’ equipment or belongings.


Entry Fees are £5 for each performer. For example bands of 4 people would pay £20.
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Spectators’ tickets are priced at £10 per adult and £4 for U18s. Ticketing will close on Wednesday 8 May at 5pm.
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Entries for the Festival close on 28 February 2024 (enter here). Please ensure your entry is submitted in time!