Strings Syllabus 2024

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

Classes held on 10th May 2024 (Senior Strings), 14th May 2024 (Intermediate Strings) and 16th May 2024 (Junior Strings) at Redhill United Reformed Church, Upper Hall.

Adjudicator: Eloise Riddell

Eloise Riddell

A leading double bass teacher, Eloise has taught at Junior Guildhall since 2018. A passionate and energetic teacher, her pupils develop an excellent technique from an early age, setting solid foundations for life.

Eloise’s students range from 5 years old to conservatoire level. Many have won scholarships and places at Music Conservatoires (Guildhall School of Music, Trinity College, Royal Northern, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama). They also perform in the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth String Ensemble, Essex Youth Orchestra and London Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Eloise directs London Basses, inclusive Double Bass workshops in London for all ages and abilities, where participants have fun whilst learning, playing in a massed bass orchestra and more.

An undergraduate and post graduate at the Royal Academy of Music, Eloise also enjoys a busy freelance career, playing with many leading orchestras including Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Symphony Orchestra and others. Highlights have included recording the Matrix Resurrection film soundtrack as well as recording the John Lewis Christmas advert with Bastille.

A pioneer of new music and chamber works, she has commissioned and premiered numerous solo and chamber music works for the double bass. Her outreach work has been with the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, Spitalfields Music, English National Opera and English Chamber Orchestra and she has worked for Creative Futures as a workshop leader in early years education.

Enquiries about entering the Strings section should be emailed to: strings.rrmdf@gmail.com.

Sponsored by:

The Robert Bouffler Music Trust can help with the cost of an accompanist! The Trust will consider requests for mini-grants of up to £35. Please note that grants are intended to support families of limited means. If you live or go to school in East Surrey/Tandridge, and would like to apply for a mini-grant up to £35, email the Trust’s Hon. Secretary at barbara@rbmt.org.uk, giving your address, school attended, the Section/Class you are entering, and the name and email address of your accompanist (as the Trust will pay them directly).

Junior Classes

Open to participants of all ages.
Own choice classes – please abide by Regulations 17 and 18.
‘Own choice’ means any one piece from any of the exam board syllabuses, eg ABRSM, Trinity, MTB, etc., for the appropriate grade or a selected piece chosen at the discretion of your teacher which is of the same standard.

300 Beginner Violin and Viola
For performers who have not yet reached Grade 1 standard.
Fee £5.00
Up to 1 min

301 Beginner Cello and Double Bass
For performers who have not yet reached Grade 1 standard.
Fee £5.00
Up to 1 min

302 Grade 1 Violin and Viola
Fee £5.00
Up to 2 mins

303 Grade 1 Cello and Double Bass
Fee £5.00
Up to 2 mins

304 Grade 2 Violin and Viola
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins

305 Grade 2 Cello and Double Bass
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins

306 Grade 3 Violin and Viola
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins

307 Grade 3 Cello and Double bass
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins

308 Junior Recital (Grade 2&3)
Open to all string instruments.
2 contrasting pieces.
Fee £7.50
Up to 6 mins

309 Junior Duo/Trio/Quartet
Any combination of string instruments.
Optional piano accompaniment.
Fee £7.00 per group
Group of 2 to 4 people
Up to 4 mins

310 My favourite piece: character class!
Come and play your favourite piece in character; bring a costume or props to match the piece!
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins

Intermediate Classes

Open to participants of all ages.
Own choice classes – please abide by Regulations 17 and 18.
‘Own choice’ means any one piece from any of the exam board syllabuses, eg ABRSM, Trinity, MTB etc., for the appropriate grade or a selected piece chosen at the discretion of your teacher which is of the same standard.

311 Grade 4 Violin and Viola
Fee £6.00
Up to 4 mins.

312 Grade 4 Cello and Double Bass
Fee £6.00
Up to 4 mins.

313 Grade 5 Violin and Viola
Fee £6.00
Up to 4 mins.

314 Grade 5 Cello and Double Bass
Fee £6.00
Up to 4 mins.

315 Intermediate Recital (Grade 4&5)
Open to all string instruments.
2 contrasting pieces.
Fee £8.00
Up to 8 mins.

316 Intermediate Duo/Trio/Quartet
Any combination of string instruments.
Optional Piano accompaniment for Duos only.
Fee £7.50 per group
Group of 2 to 4 people
Up to 5 mins.

317 Music for Film and Stage
Music from films or musicals only.
Fee £5.00
Up to 3 mins.

Senior Classes

Open to participants of all ages.
Own choice classes – please abide by Regulations 17 and 18.
‘Own choice’ means any one piece from any of the exam board syllabuses, eg ABRSM, Trinity, MTB etc., for the appropriate grade or a selected piece chosen at the discretion of your teacher which is of the same standard. A grade 8 class may not be entered if more than a year has elapsed after achieving Grade 8.

318 Grade 6 & 7 Violin
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins.

319 Grade 6 & 7 Viola/Cello/Double Bass
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins.

320 Grade 8 Violin
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins.

321 Grade 8 Viola/Cello/Double Bass
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins.

322 Sonata Class
One movement from any sonata.
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins

323 Solo Bach Class
Up to 2 movements from any solo work by J. S. Bach
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins

324 Contemporary Class
One piece by any living composer.
Fee £6.50
Up to 8 mins

325 Senior Recital (Grade 6+)
Up to 3 contrasting pieces.
Fee £9.50
Up to 15 mins

326 Senior Duo/Trio/Quartet
Any combination of string instruments.
Piano trios and piano quartets are welcome.
No professional piano accompaniment.
Fee £7.50 per group
Group of 2 to 4 people
Up to 8 mins

Ensemble and Concerto entrants
For String Ensembles entries please see the Group Music section.
For Concerto entries, please see our Concerto Competition section that will be held on Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd March 2024.

Entries for the Festival close on 28 February 2024 (enter here). Please ensure your entry is submitted in time!