Competitions

*Competitions before the weekend*

IAN MIDDLETON WRITTEN POETRY COMPETITION
This competition is open to anyone aged 12 and under. Competitors are asked to write one or more verses of a poem in doric - this may be on any subject but must be the competitors own work.
Please send all entries to:
Mrs Joyce Dawson
Aultgowrie
124 Moss Street
Keith
Ab55 5EZ
(01542 882052)
Closing date for entries will be Saturday 20th May

This years COMPOSITION COMPETITION is a 'two-step', 
This is open to any age, get creative with your tune and send it to:
Barbara Anderson
27 Nelson st
Huntly
Ab54 8df

Closing date for entries will be Friday 2nd June

The TMSA Keith Festival runs competitions in a host of categories during the weekend.  See the table for a full list of competitions and regulations.  
Entries for the competitions will be accepted from 9.15am on Saturday morning at the office.


Fiddle
Senior
Junior
Any three Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be played through twice and chosen from: Slow Air, Slow Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe or Scottish Waltz.  If the competitor prefers he or she may be accompanied, preferably without sheet music.
Stagestars
10.00am
Fiddle
12 & Under
10 & Under
Any two or three tunes with the same rules as for Fiddle Senior/Junior

Stagestars
10.00am
Accordion
Senior
Junior
Any three Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be played through twice unaccompanied and chosen from: Slow Air, Slow Strathspey, Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe or Scottish Waltz
Stagestars
10.00am
Accordion
12 & Under
Any two or three tunes with the same rules as for Accordion Senior/Junior
Stagestars
10.00am
Melodeon
Same rules as for Accordion Senior
Bowling Club
10.00am
Moothie
Any two Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be played through twice unaccompanied and chosen from: Slow Air, Slow Strathspey, Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe or Scottish Waltz
Bowling Club
10.00am
Diddling
Same rules as for Moothie
Bowling Club
10.00am
Tin Whistle
Senior
Same rules as for Accordion Senior/Junior
Bowling Club
10.00am
Tin Whistle
Junior
12 & Under
Any two Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be played through twice unaccompanied and chosen from the same list as Accordion
Bowling Club
10.00am
Recorder
13 & Over
12 & Under
Same rules as for Fiddle 12 & Under
Bowling Club
10.00am 
Recorder
Group
The Group shall consist of two or more people and can choose whether to be accompanied or not.  They should play their own selection of Scottish tunes with the total not to exceed 5 minutes
Bowling Club
10.00am
Poetry
7 & Under
10 & Under
13 & Under
15 & Under
Senior
Group
The individual, or group, to recite one Scottish poem in the traditional style and without notes
St. Rufus Church
10.00am
Best Male Singer
Any one Scottish traditional song sung unaccompanied
Stagestars
1.30pm
Bothy Ballad
Senior
Junior
Any one Scottish bothy ballad sung unaccompanied
Stagestars1.30pm
Best Female Singer
Any one Scottish traditional song sung unaccompanied
The Legion
1.30pm
Best Local Singer
Any one Scottish traditional song sung by a person living within 20 miles of Keith
The Legion
1.30pm
Traditional Singing
7 & Under
10 & Under
13 & Under
Any one Scottish song sung unaccompanied
Bowling Club
1.30pm
Traditional Singing
15 & Under
Any one Scottish traditional song (including any Robert Burns songs) sung unaccompanied
Bowling Club
1.30pm
Best Instrumental
12 & Under




Freestyle instrumentalist
12 & Under
Any two or three Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be chosen from: Slow Air, Slow Strathspey, Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe or Scottish Waltz
NEW COMPETITION: open to instrumentalists to which there is no other solo class available (i.e. clarsach, guitar, chanter, bagpipes). Competitors entering this class may also enter 12 & under best instrumentalist.  Two or three Scottish tunes of the competitors choice to be chosen from: Slow Air, Slow Strathspey, Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe or Scottish Waltz.
St. Rufus Church
1.30pm




Piano
12 & Under
13 & Over
Any three Scottish tunes of the competitor’s choice to be played through twice and chosen from: Strathspey, Reel, March, Jig, Hornpipe, Scottish Waltz or Slow Air. One or two tunes for 12 & under and three tunes for 13 & over.
St. Rufus Church
1.30pm
Instrumental Group
The trophy will be awarded for the best playing of two or more pieces from the list given in Accordion Senior/Junior.  Playing time will not exceed five minutes and a group will be deemed to consist of three or more players of any description
St. Rufus Church
1.30pm
Storytelling
Senior
Junior
12 & Under
Traditional story or tale to last five minutes or longer at the judge’s discretion
The Legion
1.30pm

Terms & Conditions:
Completed entry forms should be handed to officials there and will be accepted up to 15 minutes before the start of the competition.    No entries will be accepted after the competition has started.  In case of any dispute, the TMSA will accept the decision of the adjudicator as being final.  Competitors must be under/over the specific maximum/minimum age on the day of the competition.  Junior competitions are open to those under 16 on the day of the competition.  Under 16 means that if you are 16 on the day of the competition, you must enter the Senior 
competition.

The Keith Branch of the TMSA is indebted to all the individuals and firms who have donated trophies for the competitions.  Thanks also to the competitions sponsor Alex Grant & Co.

Trophies are presented at the Prizewinners Concert which takes place on Saturday evening in St Thomas Hall - sponsored by Alex Grant & Co.

There is no charge for competitors or spectators at the competitions, however, donations will be greatly received in the box provided at each venue.

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