About Us

Burton upon Trent Competitive Vocal Festival is a Member of the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.

President: Coral Gould MBE
Chairman: Sharon Plummer L.L.C.M.
Vice-Chairman: John Gould
Treasurer: To Be Appointed
Entries Secretary – Christine Eales
Stewards Secretary – Jean Edwards
Trophies Secretary – Patricia Thorpe
Federation Files Secretary – Anne Andrews

We thank everyone involved for their continued assistance thus ensuring the continuity of the Festival

Patrons Scheme established 2014.
Founder Patrons…
Michael Mear, Margaret Jollands, Nanette Mansfield.
Wright Rubber – Mark Wright.

For a minimum of £10.00 per year, Patrons are given free access to the Festival.

Grateful thanks to our financial sponsors:

To Societies –  The Mellow Dramatics, The Burton Musical Theatre Company, The Little Theatre Company, JASS and Friday’s Friends.

To business directors – Lorraine Baker (Vadis) and Edwards Electrical.

To personal supporters – David and Christine Eales, Keith Gould, John Gould and Coral Gould MBE, Julie Hair, Anne Leatherland, Edward Moore, Patricia Pryce-Jones, Cathryn Robinson, Mike and Karen Thompson, Jean Edwards, Sharon Plummer, Patricia Thorpe, Donna Nolan, Caroline Owen, Nick Lawrence, Julian Baker

Child Protection Policy

The safety of children and vulnerable adults is paramount and all, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to quickly and appropriately. All committee members, consultants, teachers and
volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns

Purpose and Function of the Festival
The aim of Burton upon Trent Competitive Vocal Festival is to provide a platform for amateur singers to perform and receive a professional adjudication on their performance. The Festival
aims to give the general public an opportunity to enjoy the talents of competitors and to appreciate performances of song in a festival environment.

Festival Environment
The Festival is organised by the Committee with assistance from professional teachers and consultants for the programme, volunteers, accompanists and adjudicators, to provide a safe environment for all competing children as far as is reasonably practical.

Application of Policy
The policy relates to children under the age of 18 years and vulnerable adults of any age, who are identified to the organisers prior to their arrival at the festival. This should be done by notifying the officer named at the foot of the policy. The Festival actively  seeks to meet the needs notified by parents, guardians carers and teachers. All Festival personnel are informed as to whom they should direct children and vulnerable adults with any concerns.

Festival Personnel
All festival personnel can be identified by the badges provided by the Festival. Anyone wearing a badge may be approached in case of a problem. They will report this to someone who will be
able to help. The Chairman is in overall charge and may be contacted via the entry table staff. The committee holds contact details for all personnel. Where anyone is working with children
or vulnerable adults on a one-to-one basis a reference or CRB declaration will be provided.

Preparation for attendance at the Festival
If parents, guardians or carers do not personally attend with their children, we draw attention to all aspects of this Child Protection Policy and require them to be satisfied that their children
will be accompanied to the Festival and adequately supervised by a responsible adult acting on their behalf.

Performance and Changing areas
This Festival does not offer changing facilities or designated practice areas. Toilet areas are considered to be public areas and are not subject to supervision.

Photographs, Video Recording and Press Photography
Video recording, sound recording and photography of any kind are prohibited at all times during the Festival. Photographers may be invited from the local press in order to publicise and promote the Festival. It is hoped that anyone invited to appear in these photographs will be happy to comply. Parents who do not wish their children to be photographed should inform a member of the committee. All invited photographers will be working to a code of conduct as set out by their employer and notified to the Festival Chair. Independent photographers will provide evidence of CRB disclosure.

Legislation Supporting this Policy
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, The Children Act 1989, The Police Act 1997, The Data Protection Act 1998, The Human Rights Act 1998, The Protection of Children Act 1999, The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, The Children Act 2004, The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

The organisers will constantly review their policy, improving and enhancing it as necessary. In doing this they will look to The British and International Federation of festivals for support and that body in turn will look to other agencies for good practices, most notably the NSPCC and Arts Council of England policy guidelines.

Copyright and Performing Rights

The Music Publishers’ Association has issued a Code of Practice on copying copyright works, and the following concession is made for copying own choice pieces from volumes only for the Adjudicator. Other items must not be photocopies without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.

When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a festival provided that the performer has already purchased his/her own copy and that the copy made is retained and destroyed by the Administrator of the Festival immediately after the event.

The Festival is under legal obligations to supply to The Performing Rights Society details of ALL items performed at the Festival and the co-operation of teachers and competitors in sending information at the correct time would be very much appreciated.

All performances using music from shows in current production are subject to copyright law.
Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item, ie, with no costume or movement without need for copyright permission.

Where movement or costume are included in a performance copyright permission is required and the festival committee accepts these entries on the basis that the appropriate copyright permission has been sought.

Performers or teachers with queries on how to obtain copyright permission for performance items should contact Festivals House on 0906 302 1302*
before making their entries. *calls cost maximum of 50p per minute.

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