Groups in a developmental stage who do not wish to participate in the competitive section of the festival may instead apply to participate in the Fringe Festival which is held during the festival.
The aim is to provide encouragement and constructive feedback that stimulates better music-making, with a view to possible full festival participation in future years. Groups will work with an experienced clinician and will receive written comments, but will not be judged against a competitive scale.
Directors should enter their Fringe groups in the same way as any other ensemble but must select the Fringe Festival box under “entry level”. Please be aware that competitive ensembles will be given first priority for performance slots. Second priority will be given to schools who are only entering non-competitive groups.
Ensembles participating in the Fringe Festival will be allocated a 45 minute timeslot which will be divided into two phases. During the first part of their session they should perform a short programme of 2 – 3 works in front of a small audience. In the second phase of their session the Fringe Festival clinician will personally undertake an interactive workshop with the group – based on the repertoire they have just performed.