• The Festival is open to amateur pianists, aged 18 and under.

  • The age of all performers is reckoned as on the day of the festival.

  • Students should aim to enter class(es) at the level at which they are currently playing, not a level at which they have already achieved or surpassed.



  • Entries may be submitted the online entry form at www.batterseapianofestival.co.uk

  • Performers should submit only one entry per class, but may enter up to two classes in the same division.

  • Performers may not perform the same piece in two different classes.

  • Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be amended, altered or transferred to another class.

  • The Festival Director reserves the right to refuse entries.

  • In some classes the number of entries may be limited by time available, in which case entries will be accepted on a first received basis. In all other cases entry fees are not refundable.

  • No receipt will be issued.



  • Notice of the time of performing will be sent to every performer not later than one week before the Festival. The timetable will also be made available on the website: www.batterseapianofestival.co.uk

  • Classes may be combined when entries are small or divided when entries are large.

  • Please arrive on time for the start of your class; classes will not be delayed to accommodate late arrivals.

  • If you arrive late and have missed your turn, your name will be called once after all other competitors have finished performing.

  • Once the adjudicator has completed his or her decision and marking, no more performances will be permitted


Performance items

  • Present a copy of your music to the adjudicator at the time of performing. In this instance, photocopies may be used providing the competitor has purchased his/her own copy. The photocopy will be destroyed and not returned to you.

  • It is illegal to make copies of copyright material without the written authority of the composer, author, publisher and printer. The Festival Director will not accept responsibility for any infringement.

  • Performing from memory is not required.

  • Any change to repertoire choices must be notified to Festival Director at least 28 days before the date of the performance at the Festival.

  • Performers exceeding their allotted time may be stopped. Please note that this rule will be enforced in fairness to all performers and to allow time for good adjudication.



  • All performers will be graded on their performance and Comments Sheets and Certificates will be issued at the end of each class.

  • Grades will be allocated in accordance with the following marking scheme:

    • 90+ OUTSTANDING An exceptional performance, both technically and artistically

    • 84-89 COMMENDED A convincing performance technically and artistically

    • 81-83 MERIT A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability

    • 80 and below PASS A performance showing development of technique and/or communication

  • Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented, provided that the number of entries and standard of performance warrant it.

  • Trophies will be awarded provided that a minimum standard of performance has been achieved.

  • Trophies are held for one year only. No award will be presented if there is only one entry in any class or group of classes, except at the discretion of the Adjudicator.

  • A refundable deposit of £30 (Cheque only – payable to Encore Music) will be required for all trophy winners to be able to take their trophy home. Trophies must be returned after 10 months. Late return of your trophy may result in forfeiture of your deposit.



  • The Adjudicator’s decision is final.

  • The Festival Director reserves the right to appoint any other adjudicators than those advised, if considered necessary.

  • Communication with the Adjudicator by competitors, teachers or any other interested parties prior to or during the competition is prohibited.


Photography/ Filming

  • Videos, cameras, camera phones, or any other recording devices are not permitted during any performance or adjudication.

  • An official photographer will be present throughout the Festival and photographs will be available after the event.

  • By taking part in the Festival you agree to the use of any photographs taken during the event to be used for promotional purposes.



  • Admission to all classes, other than for competitors, will be at a cost of £4.00.

  • Children are admitted free.



  • There will be no refreshments available.


Data Protection/ Child Protection

  • Battersea Piano Festival is organised by Encore Music Tuition Ltd. Encore Music Tuition Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office. Please refer to Encore Music Tuition Ltd's published Privacy Notice.

  • The Child Protection Policy  is available upon request and from www.batterseapianofestival.co.uk.



  • The Festival Director does not hold itself responsible for any injury sustained by any competitor or member of the public whilst on Festival premises.

  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will ensure that the children are adequately supervised at all times and will be held fully responsible for the behaviour of children in their care.

  • The Festival Director does not hold itself responsible for any loss or damage which may occur to competitors’ copies, remark sheets or any other property at the Festival.



  • The Festival Director reserves the right to:

    • move any entry to a more suitable class if considered necessary

    • cancel any class for logistical or economic reasons

    • sub-divide any class if considered necessary

    • disqualify or take other appropriate action if any regulation is contravened

    • refuse entry to the Festival if considered necessary

    • refuse audience admission if considered necessary.

Festival Rules