Awards and Bursaries


MARKS AND CERTIFICATES

OUTSTANDING ~ 90+ ~  An exceptional performance both technically and artistically
(with medal – solo classes only)

DISTINCTION ~ 87-89 ~ An excellent performance both technically and artistically

COMMENDED ~ 84-86 ~ A convincing performance both technically and artistically

MERIT ~ 81-83 ~ A capable performance showing some artist appreciation and/or technical ability

MODERATE ~ 78-80 ~ A performance showing development of technique and/or communication

FAIR ~ 75-77 ~ A performance limited in its communication

OVERALL TROPHIES AND AWARDS

Each section of our festival has 2 overall awards with the first cup being awarded for the Highest Mark achieved across the weekend of competition.  The second award will be the ‘Adjudicators choice’ and this would usually be presented to an entrant who has consistently performed well across a number of classes in the section or who shows the greatest potential.

In addition to our new grant, from 2024, Overall section award winners (Highest mark in section and Adjudicator’s choice) will receive a financial award of £30 to be used towards furthering their art.

All awards are given at the adjudicators discretion and correspondence will not be entered into.

Section

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Highest Mark

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Adjudicators Choice

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Bands, Choirs, and Ensembles

The Charles Chute Cup

The Douglas Shield

Brass

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Steadman Cup

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David James Cup

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Creative Writing

Sara Turner Saunders Award

Callum James Shield

Pianoforte

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Summerbrook Student Shield

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James Lisney Award

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Singing

Alexandra Cassidy Memorial Trophy

Ashley Rose Bowl

Speech and Drama

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Basingstoke Theatre Trust Trophy

Strings

Phillip Brown Violins Award

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Roger Tapping Shield

Woodwind

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Ovation Award

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Woodwind Cup

BOROUGH OF BASINGSTOKE CUP –  The Borough of Basingstoke Adult Award is awarded to the highest number of Outstanding Certificates gained by any adult competitor in Music, Drama or Creative Writing classes. The recipient must reside or work in the Borough of Basingstoke.

JOHN GREENWOOD MEMORIAL TROPHY – The Borough of Basingstoke Junior Award is awarded to the highest number of Outstanding Certificates gained by any competitor aged 18 or under in Music, Drama or Creative Writing classes. The recipient must reside or attend school in the Borough of Basingstoke.
The Overall Awards will be presented during the Gala Performance and Award Ceremony at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke at 2.30pm on Sunday 26th March 2023.

Other trophies and awards are listed in the Schedule of Classes.
Responsibility for the engraving and safe-keeping of trophies rests with the winners or their parents. All trophies remain the property of the Festival and must be returned to the appropriate Section Secretary by the designated date.

BMAF GRANT & AWARDS

Special Announcement – New Grant and awards

BMAF Young Musician Grant

BMAF is a registered charity dedicated to the advancement and education of the public in the Arts, and in particular the Arts of Music, Speech, Drama, and Creative Writing.

In honour of our 60th year we are launching a grant to further support this aim.

A new annual financial award of up to £500 will be available by application to solo entrants of BMAF who live within a 20 mile radius of the centre of Basingstoke.

Additional criteria:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or under and in full time education (Year 13 and below)
  • Achieve a minimum score of 87 marks at BMAF 2024
  • Not previously been awarded the grant
  • Winners will be chosen by an independent panel

Money awarded must be used to further the applicants musical / artistic education for example; instrument purchase, auditions, residential course, lessons with a specialist tutor.

Applications should be made via the link on the awards page of our website by 1st May 2024 and winners will be notified by 1st June 2024

Successful applicants may be featured on social media / future BMAF publications and will also receive an invitation to perform at the following years Gala Concert.

New Overall winner awards

In addition to our new grant, from 2024, Overall section award winners (Highest mark in section and Adjudicator’s choice) will receive a financial award of £30 to be used towards furthering their art.