MSF | Instrumental
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Instrumental Classes

see pages 34 – 41 of the syllabus


Classes are offered for all string instruments, including harp and guitar, brass and woodwind including recorder and also percussion. Most are still in the traditional competitive format and all music played is free choice, allowing performers to play what appeals to them and what suits them musically.

New classes in Electric Guitar – see strings section, classes prefaced by SG

New classes in Percussion – see classes prefaced by PRC


Broadly speaking, the instrumental competitive classes are categorised by level rather than age.The four levels are: Elementary – up to Grade 2;  Transitional – Grades 3-4;  Intermediate – Grades 5-6;  Advanced – Grade 7 and above.


More advanced classes and awards

The Jennifer Paterson Young String Player’s Award is given annually to the winner of the class for String Solo, 14 and under.

Thelma King Instrumental Award The five Repertoire classes at Advanced levels are more demanding, with one piece from memory expected. These are qualifying classes for the prestigious Thelma King Instrumental Award in which one overall winner is offered a generous contribution towards a place at an orchestral summer school of their own choice. The award is open to all string, woodwind and brass players. The adjudicators will select from the Repertoire classes a shortlist of performers who will then be asked to play in a final on Thursday March 16th in the Braunschweig Room of the Guildhall. For this final, you should play all your repertoire class pieces.

The Premier Award The String and Wind Concerto classes will both take place in the Citadel. Winners will be joined in the Guildhall by the Piano Concerto winner for a play off on Thursday March 16th during the evening of Classical Music. The award carries a substantial monetary prize as well as the fabulous trophy.