The Fourteenth Burton Vocal Festival

festivalposterAt The Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent

Sunday 5th March 2017

(Entries to be received by 15th January 2017)


Rhys Matthews M.Mus, B.Mus(Hon), LRSM.

Vivien Pike Hon. M.Mus, GRSM, ARMCM, LGSM, FRSA.

Professor Mark Wildman


The Festival is a Member of the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.



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Entry Forms

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2017 Class Times

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Audience tickets

The Festival is also open to observers.

Tickets are priced at £5.00 for the full day and can be purchased on the day at the venue


Vocal Festival Venue


The Pirelli Stadium is located at
Princess Way,
Burton on Trent,
Staffordshire, DE13 0BH







Festival Adjudicators

Rhys Matthews M.Mus, B.Mus(Hon), LRSM.

Rhys Matthews graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. He has performed professionally with a variety of orchestras in prestigious establishments such as The Royal Albert Hall and The Sage at Gateshead.

He is a diverse professional musician often appearing in a variety of styles and concert settings, which have included both BBC Radio 3 & TV broadcasts.

As an educator, he leads the Percussion department at Oundle School in Peterborough. In 2012 he became the youngest examiner for Rockschool International Examination Board. Extended examination duties include marking and assessing diploma examinations in both teaching and performance.


Vivien Pike Hon. M.Mus, GRSM, ARMCM, LGSM, FRSA.

Vivien studied music at the Royal Manchester/Royal Northern College of Music after previously studying medical sciences. She graduated with teaching and performing diplomas and a silver medal.

Vivien has wide experience as a recitalist and soprano soloist with many choral societies.

She is a former member of the BBC Northern Singers.

Over the years as a peripatetic teacher of singing in Yorkshire, she has taught hundreds of young singers, one of the first being Lesley Garrett. Her choirs have won many prizes in national and international competitions.

Vivien has worked with singers in Sweden, Latvia, Ireland, New Zealand and Estonia. She has lectured in Latvia and Slovenia and recently as a visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music. She is an external examiner of singing at degree level and a former visiting lecturer/examiner in choral conducting at Huddersfield University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 for her work with singers nationally and internationally and is a Churchill Fellow.


Professor Mark Wildman

Professor Mark Wildman received his early education at the Kings School, Gloucester and as a chorister at the Cathedral. He later studied at Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded a Scholarship and later a Fellowship.

His career began at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor and later he became a member of the BBC Singers. His solo singing career was on the concert platform as a bass soloist. He has performed throughout the world with many famous orchestras and conductors, but now devotes himself entirely to teaching and working with young singers.

He is Head of Vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music and an examiner, trainer and moderator for the ABRSM. Many of his current and former students are now singing principal roles with national and international opera companies.



General Regulations.

The Festival is intended for amateurs, who are defined for this purpose as persons who do not derive the chief part of their income from the teaching or performing of this branch of the art.

Entries must be made on an official entry form and sent with the entry fee to the Entries Secretary by the date specified. Entry fees are not returnable unless the entry is rejected by the Festival.

The number of entries is limited by time restriction. Classes will be filled in order of application for entry.

No competitor may compete more than once in any solo class.

Details of Own Choice pieces must be given on the entry form. If the official accompanist is to be used then a copy of the music must be sent with the entry. In addition competitors must provide an authorised copy of music for the adjudicator on the day of the Festival

Performers may bring their own accompanist. Free tickets will be issued for entrants and their accompanist if requested on the entry form.

Punctuality is essential for all classes. All competitors must be prepared to arrive at the beginning of a session so that classes may run smoothly and to time.

The qualifying date for age limits is March 1st.

Enquiries or complaints during the competition must be addressed to the Chairman whose decision is final.

Alternative or additional adjudicators may be appointed as necessary.

The adjudicators decision is final.

Named performers cannot be substituted nor can own choice pieces.

The decision of the Committee on any question raised or not covered by these regulations shall be final.




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