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Syllabus & Dates: About





Monday–Thursday 8-11April

Section leaders: Amanda Gregorian and Yvonne Baisden

Venue: St Benedict's School, 54 Eaton Rise, Ealing W5 2ES. Entrance for dance is on Marchwood Crescent. Ample parking available on school premises. Nearest station is Ealing Broadway (rail and Underground). School is served by E2, E9 and 226 buses.



4 and 11 May (Saturdaysc)

Section leader: Keith Spillett


Venue: St Thomas’s Church, 182 Boston Road, Hanwell W7 2AD

The church is immediately adjacent to Elthorne Park and is served by buses E8 and 195. The nearest Tube station is Boston Manor (Piccadilly Line), a 12-minute walk away.



11/12 and 18/19 May

Section leader: Gill Rowley


Venue: St Mary's Church, Perivale Lane, UB6 8SS. It is close to Western Avenue (A40), near the Hoover Building, but on the opposite side of the road. The church is at the end of Perivale Lane, off Argyle Road, on the right-hand side of the road, opposite the Premier Inn, about 70 yards down a cycle path. There is ample free parking on Perivale Lane, or, in case of difficulty, in the Golf Club car park at the end of the Lane. The church is a 10-minute walk from Perivale tube station (Central line), via a footbridge over Western Avenue. Buses to the church include nos. 95 (along Western Avenue), and 297 and E5 (along Argyle Road).

Syllabus & Dates: Our Causes

Teachers, parents and performers entering sections other than Dance: please take note of the following

  • Read the festival regulations at the front of the Syllabus and the start of your section, and also the Safeguarding Policy at the back

  • Complete your entry form very clearly, including your email address. Notifications are sent out 2–3 weeks prior to the festival, by email unless you enclosed a stamped addressed envelope with your form

  • Check your venue in advance (see website Contacts section) as each section’s classes are at different locations across the borough

  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the class in which you are due to play. If you go to the wrong venue you could miss your class. Also, latecomers disrupt the classes and disturb the adjudicators

  • With the exception of performers and anyone in charge of a large group of performers, audience members need to buy an entry ticket on the day. Programmes listing all performers are available at each venue for a small charge

  • If you are taking part in an Own Choice class, you need to provide a copy of the music for the adjudicator (and, if applicable, for the accompanist)

  • Note that no photography, recording or filming is allowed during festival sessions

  • Stay until the end of your class and listen to the adjudication. The adjudicator will advise on how performances could be improved, sometimes with demonstrations, and present medals and awards as appropriate

  • Pick up your certificate, mark sheet and music after your class – they cannot be posted on afterwards

  • If you win a trophy, the performer or parent must sign a receipt for it and the trophy must be returned in good time for the following year’s festival (see syllabus regulations at the start of each section).

Syllabus & Dates: Philosophy
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