BMa British Music Competition 2021

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【About】


 

BMa British Music Competition is for singers of any age, nationality, and musical background to explore the wide range of British Music repertoire.

Taking in account of the current situation in the world, we will be holding the competition online this year. We welcome world renowned adjudicators who are experts in this repertoire and hope that this opportunity will spread the love of British Music around the world.

Closing date of Application: October 31st (Sunday) 2021

         *Applications are accepted from September 1st (Wednesday) 2021

 

Eligibility:Singer(Any nationality)

Category: 

  1. Junior Highschool/Highschool student (13~18 years old)

  2. University Student (Undergraduate/Postgraduate)     

  3. Professional Musician/Music University graduate (No age limit)

  4. Enthusiast (Not graduated from music college/No age limit) 

 
 

【Application Procedure】


 

  • A completed online application and payment of entry fee should be sent by October 31st 2021

  • Upload your performance on YouTube (visibility: unlisted)

  • Adjudicators will make the decision the by November 21st 2021

  • Selected applicants will be notified by email 

How to upload videos on YouTube:

 

【Entry Fee】

 

1.     Junior Highschool/Highschool student (13~18 years old)              6,000JPY 

2.     University Student (Undergraduate/Postgraduate)                       10,000JPY 

3.     Professional Musician/ Music University graduate (No age limit)    12,000JPY

4.     Enthusiast (Not graduated from music college/No age limit)          12,000JPY

 ・Payment by PayPal

・Bank Transfer

Kyoto Shinyo Kinko (京都信用金庫)

Normal (普通)

Branch Name: 012 Mibu Branch (店番:012 (ゼロイチニ)壬生支店)

Account Number: 3023313 (口座番号: 3023313)

SHA) EIKOKUONGAKUKYOUKAI (シャ)エイコクオンガクキョウカイ)

​*Transfer fee to be paid by the applicant

 

【Repertoire】

  • Programme of your choice (7min max) no limit to number of works

  • Music composed by British Composers

  • Any Style (Art Song, Oratorio, Operatic Aria)

  • English poem/libretto

​​List of British Composers can be found here (PDF file)

 

 

【Prize】

 

  • Junior Highschool/Highschool student                   

1st   50,000JPY Certificate, Trophy

2nd  Certificate, Trophy

3rd   Certificate, Trophy

  • University Student (Undergraduate/Postgraduate)

1st     50,000JPY Certificate, Trophy

2nd  Certificate, Trophy

3rd   Certificate, Trophy

  • Professional Musician / Music College Graduate (No age limit) 

1st     50,000JPY Certificate, Trophy

2nd  Certificate, Trophy

3rd   Certificate, Trophy

 

  • Enthusiast (No age limit)

1st     50,000JPY Certificate, Trophy

2nd    Certificate, Trophy

3rd   Certificate, Trophy

  • From all categories

Accompanist Prize 50,000JPY

BMa Japan Prize 50,000JPY

 

Adjudicator

    

Patricia Rozario OBE (Soprano/ Professor at Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban)

Steven Varcoe (Bass-baritone/ Professor at Royal College of Music)

William Vann (Pianist/Conductor)

 

For BMa Japan Prize only:

Ayaka Tanimoto (Director of British Music Association Japan) 

 

【Supporters】

  • The Holst Society

        http://www.holstsociety.org/

  • Kansai Power of Culture (関西元気文化圏参加事業)

https://kansai.bunkaryoku.bunka.go.jp/

  • Peter Warlock Society​

        http://www.peterwarlock.org/

  • Premiere Jinzai Ikusei Association (一般社団法人プレミア人財育成協会 )

 https://premiere.or.jp/

  • The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society

        https://rvwsociety.com/

 

Rules

  • The names of the finalists in each category will be released on our BMa website

  • Please note that the entry fee is non-refundable

  • Do not edit the sound or apply effects to the performance​

  • Please record the performance video with your whole body in the picture

  • The Accompanist prize is restricted to those who appear in the performance video

  • After completing the application, you will receive a confirmation by email, so please make sure to enter the address where you will be able to receive the email

  • The prize may not be awarded should the required standard not be achieved

  • Privacy policy: The personal information entered in the application form will only be used for the BMa British Music Competition. All materials listed on the BMa British Music Competition website belong to the British Music Association Japan. Except permitted by copyright law, the rights such as broadcasting rights, recording / recording rights, and portrait rights of materials and performances for the BMa British Music Competition belong to the British Music Association Japan.

  • Please note these rules before applying

FAQ

​Q:Do I need to buy a high quality camera and recording equipment for the video?

   A:Special equipment is not necessary to record your singing. Your smartphone or tablet is good enough for the recording.

Q:Could I use a karaoke track for the accompaniment?

   A:We recommend the accompaniment to be by an acoustic musical instrument. There is no restriction to the type of instrument.

Q:Does transposing a song effect the results?

   A:We do not allow transposing an oratorio or an aria, however, transposing an art song is allowed.

Q:Does folksong count as an art song?

   A:If the folk song is composed by a specific composer, we will consider the application. Songs that are arrangements of folk songs by a specific composer also count as an art song.

Q:How many rounds are there at the competition?

   A:There will be no rounds as the adjudicators will make their final decision from your performance video attached to your application form.