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Welcome
  1. Do budding musicians really need to perform in public?
  2. Is confidence gained by successfully performing and gaining feedback for improvement?
  3. Should our youth be given the opportunity to be rewarded for their hard work and commitment in learning an instrument to such a high level?

The answers to these questions inspired the decision to organise the Dubai Youth Music Festival​. It is a competition for students, who have obtained high levels of musicianship through hard work and dedication, to have the chance to display their speciality and passion publically; whilst being granted an opportunity to be awarded feedback, certificates and prizes to acknowledge their talents.

This Festival is envisaged for students at the Music Exam level of grade 6 and above. Solo musicians are given a chance to perform up to three challenging repertoire pieces learnt from their select exam syllabus.

Young composers have a chance to expose their creative endeavours with feedback from specialists in the field. Whereas, the Instrumental and vocal ensemble categories aim to bring amateur performers together to learn, develop and benefit from this performance platform.

The workshops offered during the Festival are designed to give guidance and support, whilst presenting new networking opportunities for our youngsters.

Judges

For this esteemed event we are fortunate to have the time and wisdom from the following Judges

Event Organisers

Our hardworking Event Organisers who made this event possible

Event Overview

Preliminary Round, Semi Final and Final Qualifying Conditions:

Preliminary Round
Location: Sing and Swing Auditorium [236 B & C, Level 1, China Court, IBN Battuta Mall, Dubai,UAE

- All entries will be required to attend a live recording session* between Thurs 25th Oct - Sun 4th Nov 2018 [appointment times to be confirmed during submission]

A roster will be available at the time of entry submissions/payment, where entrants can choose their own times or be allocated a slot by Thompson Music Staff.

*Solo entries should perform with an accompanist as per the original score and will need to coordinate their own accompanist to be present for the recording session. The recording of this performance will be sent to a panel of judges and made available to each candidate after the semi finalists have been selected.

Semi Final Day
Location: Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Campus

It is expected that a total of 2 performers from each category will qualify from the Preliminary Round to be included into the Semi Final live performance event where one Finalist from each category will be announced at the conclusion of the event [After 7pm Fri 23rd Nov 2018]. *Additionally each Semi Finalist will be announced through the competition website Thurs 8th Nov 2018.

N.B It is intended to have 1 participant per category performing in the Final, unless the judges deem that a category is not performing to the same high standard expected. If no candidate qualifies from a particular category then 2 from other categories can be selected upon the judges discretion.

DYMF Final 2018 & Morning Workshops:
Final Location: Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Campus Morning Workshop Location: Sing and Swing [236 B & C, Level 1, China Court, IBN Battuta Mall, Dubai, UAE

Morning​: The Music Workshops are complimentary for all Semi-Finalists and Finalists [before/after their sound check].
Finalists will complete their sound checks on location with the MC - Master of Ceremonies. NB:Transportation via minibus will be provided for the Finalists who wish to also participate in the morning workshops, otherwise they can just attend their set sound check via own transport and use the rest of the morning to rehearse or relax for the evening.

Afternoon​: Last setup for evening performances + Grand Piano Tuning. Finalists arrive 4pm into Green Room - No performers allowed on stage. 4.15pm: Doors open for VIP and Finalists allocated ticket bearers
4.30pm: General admission
5-7pm: After a brief introduction the Performances as per categories will follow.
7pm onwards: Awards + Acknowledgements

Post Performance Feedback: Each participant who qualify for both Semi Final and Final, will receive written feedback by our expert panel of Judges who will make notes on your performance. A recording will be available after each round and available to copy on a usb.

Entry Registration

  • Entry Registration

  • Age Limits

  • Dates

  • Entry Fees

  • Entrants [excluding accompanists] should be aged 18 or under on 31 Dec 2018.
  • Primary Vocal Ensemble Entrants Should be aged 12 or under on 31Dec 2018
  • Entry Submissions - Wed 10th Oct 2018 until Final Deadline:10pm Wed 07th Nov 2018 Preliminary Round - To be recorded at ‘Sing & Swing’ IBN Battuta Mall Thurs 25th Oct - Sun 4th Nov 2018 [appointment times to be confirmed during submission]
  • *All Semi Finalists will be announced via the website Thurs 8th Nov 2018
  • Semi Final - Fri 23rd Nov 2018 2-7pm [approximately]
  • Final - Sat 24th Nov 2018 5-8pm [approximately] Location:Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Dubai Campus

Solo category​: 100Dhs Is to be paid for all solo performance categories :

  • Vocal
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Classical Guitar
  • Piano

An additional 40Dhs payment for their selected piano accompanist where required.

Composition Category :

100Dhs Is to be paid for a composition entry with submission of two creations.

Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble Categories :

40Dhs Is to be paid for each performer. An additional 40Dhs paid for their selected piano accompanist where required.

Finals Concert Entry:

Pre-booked tickets at the time of registration are 40Dhs Per Person. Otherwise General admission is 50Dhs per ticket sold at Sing & Swing IBN Battuta, PMI Wafi or limited seats at the door of the venue on the night.

Requirements All Categories

Each entry/participant must submit:

  • A recent passport-sized photograph with a pale background (preferably smiling). The photograph must be clearly identified with the name of the competitor and their registered school. Optional photograph of selected piano accompanist
  • A scanned copy of passport with Residence Visa for each participant and accompanist
  • A scanned copy of the Emirates ID Card
  • Each entry must sign a declaration to allow photos and media for event promotional purposes.
Instruments:

Instruments should be brought to each round the participant qualifies, together with any accessories required for each performance.

Sing & Swing will provide a Yamaha Grand piano for the Piano category and other categories where accompaniment is required.

Vocal Ensembles may also opt to perform Acappella.

Accompaniment:

Pieces should be performed with piano accompaniment as composed/arranged unless originally Acappella.

A grand piano is available for use at the venue. Backing tracks are not permitted for solo categories, only for the vocal ensemble category where piano accompaniment is not available. *Students are able to source accompanists from other schools/centres where one is not readily available at their current school, though the selected accompanist must be clearly stated and included in your entry submittal.

Mixed ensemble groups from different centers are also permitted though must be entered as an independent entry with an appendix clearly stating which school(s) each performer is from.

Dress Code:

The dress code for the first round and Semi Final can either be school uniform or smart casual, taking into consideration the local dress culture.
For the Final concert, performers should don evening attire or smart casual that is comfortable for the performers (girls should have shoulders covered).

What to bring to each performance and workshop:

Bring your instrument plus any required accessories, original sheet music, a pencil and pad for any notes you may like to take and good moral. Though refreshments may be available on location, we recommend you bring plenty of water, snacks and a packed lunch to be consumed in designated areas.
NB. No food or drinks will be allowed inside the Theatre.

Special Requirements:

Should you have any special requirements, these should be communicated on your entry form prior to the event. For example those with disabilities or injuries.

Solo Category Requirements

As above with the addition of:

Repertoire:

All repertoire should be selected from either ABRSM, LCM or Trinity syllabuses, grade 6 level or above. Please state which syllabus and level within your entry form. Any style from any mix of syllabus is acceptable.

Please note, whilst it is prefered that the entrant has already completed their grade 6 exam via any of the boards indicated above, a certificate of proof is not required. The intention is so the performer already has a high level of proficiency on their instrument.

Duration of select pieces:
  • Preliminary Round performance piece should be no longer than 4 minutes in its entirety.
  • The Semi Final qualifiers’ performance piece should be no longer than 6 minutes in its entirety and be a different piece from the Preliminary Round.
  • The Final qualifiers’ two performance pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes combined.

NB. The Final Repertoire program can include both previous pieces or a new piece not performed in The Preliminary Round or Semi Final, as long as the time limit is observed and preferably displaying contrasting genre, period or style.

Qualifying parameters: Two solo instrumentalists per category will be selected for the Semi-Final and one only selected for the Final.

Composition Category Requirements

Compose two pieces of music with voices or instruments of your choice and prepare a short appraisal of each piece that will be read before the composition audio for the judges, at each stage of the competition where qualifying.

  • Your piece can be a composition completed for the I/GCSE or International Baccalaureate Programs including MYP and Diploma /levels
  • It should be written for a soloist with accompaniment or a small ensemble
  • The maximum length each piece should be 3 minutes
  • he scores must be uploaded using traditional western staff notation. This may be handwritten or notated using suitable music-writing software.
  • An audio/recording of the scores should also be uploaded exporting from the music software or traditional instruments.
  • The appraisals should reflect the theme(s) within the composition and inspiration for completion.

Entrants should be able to discuss their work with the Adjudicators if the opportunity arises.

Two pieces should be composed by each entrant: 1x for the Preliminary Round and another for the Semi-Final if successfully qualifying.
The same two pieces will be presented/played at the Final for the successful Composer.

Qualifying parameters: Two Composers will be selected for the Semi-Final and one selected for the Final.

Instrumental Ensemble Entry Requirements

Instrumental ensemble categories can be either:

  • Duet - only 2 performers and accompanist if with piano arrangement.
  • Trio - only 3 performers and accompanist if with piano arrangement.
  • Instrumental ensemble - a maximum of 5 performers.

*Ensemble entrants should have preferably passed grade 5 or above with either ABRSM, LCM or Trinity examining boards on their instrument to deliver high level performances, though some flexibility will be allowed. Especially as some students may double on a secondary instrument to compete in this category. Repertoire should be in the classical idiom. No Rock or popular music unless arranged in a classical style. If in doubt contact the event organisers through the competition website.

Two pieces should be prepared by each entrant: 1x for the Preliminary Round and another for the Semi-Final if successful.

The maximum length each piece should be 3 minutes The same two pieces or a new piece can be performed at the Final for the successful Instrumental Ensemble though not exceeding 6 minutes in total duration.

Qualifying parameters: Two instrumental Ensembles will be selected for the Semi-Final and one selected for the Final.

Vocal Ensemble Entry Requirements

Vocal ensemble categories can be either:

1. Primary School [PS] 2. Secondary School [SS] vocal ensemble entries must have a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 performers.

*vocal ensemble entry performers do not need to have passed any examinations, though a well polished performance is expected with harmonies inclusive in their selected repertoire.

Repertoire should preferably be in the classical idiom, however, popular music arrangements will be allowed due to vocal performance trends. If in doubt contact the event organisers through the competition website.

Two pieces should be prepared by each entrant: 1x for the Preliminary Round and another for the Semi-Final if successful.

The same two pieces or a new piece can be performed at the Final for the successful PS and SS entrants, though not exceeding 6 minutes in total duration.

Qualifying parameters: Two Primary and two High School Vocal Ensembles will be selected for the Semi-Final and one of each selected for the Final.

Prizes

Preliminary Round

Every participant will receive a certificate for participation plus a recording of their performance that can be copied onto a USB.

Semi Finalists

Will receive an additional certificate to honour their achievement, plus a recording of their performance that can be copied onto a USB.

Finalists

Each Solo Category and Composer Finalist will receive a Trophy and vouchers to the cash value of 1000Dhs​, plus recordings of their performances that can be copied onto a USB.

Each Finalist Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble will receive a Plaque and a voucher to the cash value of ​1000Dhs​ for their School/Music Centre and a Finalist Certificate for each of the participants. They will also receive 1 complimentary ticket for a family member prior to the evening performance. *Furthermore, they will have at least one opportunity to perform again their winning piece within the Yamaha artist performance calendar 2018/2019.

DYMF Most Outstanding Performer 2018

One Finalist will receive an additional prize to honour their high achievement. There will be an additional Plaque for the most outstanding performance of the Final evening with a voucher prize worth 10,000Dhs​. There is also an Annual Plaque where the winners name(s) will be etched onto a separate medallion. The Winner will be able to take and display the Plaque for a month after the Final and upon its safe return to Thomson Music, an individual plaque will be given in liu that the winner can keep.

Contact Us

Registration Centres [Open 10am to 10pm Seven days a week]

  1. Sing and Swing Training Centre at Ibn Battuta Mall
  2. Popular Music Institute at Wafi Mall
  • Popular Music Institute

    1, 3M Floor,
    Wafi shopping centre
    Wafi City, Dubai, UAE

    04 – 3242626

  • Sing and Swing Training Centre

    236 B & C, Level 1,
    China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall
    Dubai, UAE

    04 – 3669385

  • Dubai British School -Jumeirah Park

    Al Warood 1 St,
    Jumeirah park
    Dubai, UAE

    04 552 0247

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