Instrumental Dates 2023 – Saturday 4th March, Sunday 5th March, Sunday 19th March (poss. Ensembles)

Venue – The Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley, Berks, RG5 4JZ. Map

Guidance for Music Performers & Parents

You can see the Instrumental Syllabus 2022 here.

In early November 2022, you may be able to enter to perform at our 2023
festival using our Run My Festival website.

Section Chairman: Claire Barker
01635 253238 – Please leave a message
ASSISTANTS: Jackie Baines and Siân Baylis 

Conditions of Entry Instrumental

1. OWN CHOICE pieces must be stated on the entry form. Own choice pieces must
be by published composers, not own compositions. Own compositions should be
entered in classes I655 – I665 under the Instrumental Section.

2. TIME LIMITS, where specified, must be strictly observed. The performance time of the piece should be included on the entry form. In any class, the adjudicator reserves the right to stop a performance, and may choose an appropriate penalty – e.g. marks may be deducted or 1st place may not be gained. This reflects not the quality of the performance but is purely in consideration of the time spent overall. Responsibility for timing rests with the performer and their teacher / coach.


See Also General Conditions of Entry Below.

General Conditions of Entry
Please note special Conditions of Entry for each section above

1. A COPY OF PIECES FOR THE USE OF THE ADJUDICATOR must be handed in prior to your performance, and be collected at the end of the class. Please make sure your name is on the copy.

2. LATE ENTRIES are not normally accepted. Where feasible, the Section Chair may possibly exercise discretion to accept a late entry shortly after the closing date. Time is of the essence, so make any such request by phone or email, not post. Fees for unaccepted late entries will be returned.

Instrumental Section Adjudicator 2022
Trevor Hughes

TREVOR HUGHES is a Graduate of the Royal College of Music (where he studied organ, piano, and viola), winning the Colles Prize, and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Doris Wookey Prize.

As an organist, he has performed on the organs in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Leeds Town Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and St. John’s, Smith Square, London, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, and on the cathedral organs in Canterbury, Ely, Gibraltar, Norwich, St. Alban’s, St. Asaph, and Southwark. He has also performed on major organs in America, France (including Rouen Cathedral), Austria (including Salzburg Dom Cathedral), and Germany (including the Elisabethkirche, and University Church in Marburg). His long experience in the field of church music continues in his present position as Director of Music at Holy Saviour Church in Hitchin.


Carrie Hensel

Carrie Hensel trained as a flautist at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, subsequently working as a freelance musician, teacher and conductor of several youth orchestras and wind bands. Having now established a busy private teaching practice in Hampshire, she also enjoys tutoring and conducting on
holiday courses, including the Oxford International Flute Summer School and Flutewise. Many of her students have gone on to achieve scholarships, play at county and national level and have successful musical careers.

Instrumental Trophies

Trophy Description 2021 Winner
John Callan Trophy Best performance in the string solo classes Siddharth Subramaniam
Durant Cup Most promising instrumentalist aged under 16 Ananya Prasanna
Follett Trophy Best performance in the beginners’ classes Ethan Liu
Norman Heads Trophy Best performance by an ensemble (multi-tracked) Family Du
Reading Chronicle Award Best performance in the recorder classes Lyra Brooks
Beechwood Junior Brass Award Best performance in the brass solo class 13 years & under Oliver Bagshaw
Beechwood Senior Brass Award Best performance in the brass solo class over 13 years Not awarded
Minerva Trophy Best performance by a duet or ensemble (recorded together) Meiyu Hua, Lawrence To, Manxi Wang
Maxwell Trophy Best performance in the Open sections Matilda White
Hook Trophy Best performance in the woodwind solo class 13 years & under Sophie Bagshaw
Oakwood Instrumental Award Best performance in the graded classes Meiyu Hua
TSB Trophy Best performance in the solo wind classes, including brass Dominic Servais
Millar Cup Best performance in the concerto and recital classes Justin Crotaz
Instrumental Composition Award An outstanding instrumental composition Ashwyn Rupasinha