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We suggest you print and study these rules to avoid misunderstanding and disappointment on the day.
You will be disqualified if time limits are exceeded excessively - marks will be deducted if you overrun.
Solo Classes Only - You may play unaccompanied or be accompanied by an instrument except another harmonica. You can bring an accompanist or provide a backing on audio CD only, forwarding it as below.
All Contest Entries - There are no set pieces. Choose one or more pieces of music to total no more than the time limit, see above.
- Only amateurs may compete - i.e. harmonica must not be your main source of income.
- Every competitor pays just one fee, allowing entry to as many classes as wished.
- You may enter as a “youth” (which now includes the old junior class) if you are under 18 on the day of the contest. Note that you will compete on the Saturday.
You may enter one or more classes, but you must play different music in each and you may compete only once in each class. So you can't be a member of, e.g., two duet entries.
Entries in the Solo Jazz class must include the melody and improvisation.
CD backings and copies of sheet music for the adjudicator (unless you are playing by ear) must reach David Hambley, 7 Ingleborough Way, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4ZS, 01772 461974, by 5th August.
Late entries will only be allowed if there is room in the programme.
Winners will be awarded trophies etc., which they may keep. Special trophies (e.g. The Ken Howell Memorial Cup, which is awarded for the adult jazz solo) are retained by the NHL and the winner's name is added.
A word of advice - it is a music competion not a technical one. The adjudicator can usually get a feel for how good you are from just the first few notes you play. He won't thank you if you bore him! And you will get no marks for quantity. It is easier to keep a short piece interesting. But it may help to choose a piece with scope for you to show your musicality and variety in your playing. You will be disqualified if time limits are exceeded excessively - marks will be deducted if you overrun.
For further advice on the adjudicators expectations please visit David Beer's adjudication guidance.
The adjudicator's decision is final.