NewHeaderThe Dulwich Music Festival runs several events throughout the year for piano, fortepiano and harpsichord at various London venues. The festival was established in 2012 by South London-based musician Lorraine Liyanage to address the need for local music events in the vibrant community of South London. Starting as a small annual event at Dulwich College, the festival has expanded each year to includes more instruments and venues. The not-for-profit festival is run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to get involved, do please get in touch. Join our Mailing List for event updates.

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Facebook Group For Parents of Participants – ask the Organisers questions in our online discussion group. Also find out about the latest events, priority entry for upcoming competitions and the festival timetables.

Competition Rules & Festival Policies

Child Protection Policy: [View Online]. The Festival Safeguarding Officer is Lorraine Liyanage.

Conditions of Entry:
All entrants will need to agree to the following terms at the time of entry:
By submitting this entry form I confirm that on behalf of the competitor(s) I have read and accept the Dulwich Music Festival Regulations. I can also confirm that for all competitor(s) under 18 (or vulnerable adults of any age) I give (or have obtained)  the necessary consents for the competitor(s) to take part in the Festival. I understand that all tickets booked are non-refundable.

Data Protection:
To comply with new Data Protection laws, all competitors will be required to opt-in to receive email communications. We will also inform you how we will store and use your data.

Age Restrictions for the June Piano Festival:
All classes are for school-age children except for the Adult Recital class.

Deadline for Entry: All events have limited numbers of entries. The online ticketing site is the only method of entry and shows the number of tickets left. Once a class is Sold Out, no more entries can be accepted. Early entry is advised as our events are fully booked months in advance.

How do I print my audience tickets? Please bring your printed audience tickets to show at the welcome desk. You purchased your tickets through a site called Billetto and they would have emailed the tickets to you. If you search in your inbox and cannot find the tickets, do contact the site directly and they can resend to you. Our team cannot access the tickets booked through the third-party site:


Do I need to attend for the whole day? No, you only need to attend for your session but your Day Pass ticket is valid all day. Please arrive early to allow time to check-in as there may be queues at the welcome desk. We encourage performers to listen to other classes, not just their own performance, as you will hear a wide variety of new repertoire that you may like to learn.

I need to buy tickets on the day. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early and bring the correct cash payment: £10 for adults, £5 for children. We cannot give out change on the desk.

Graded Class Entries: Competitors must not enter a graded class if they have already passed the exam.

Booking Tickets: Tickets must be booked in the name of the performer to ensure the name appears exactly how you wish it to appear in the printed programme and certificate. If you have not booked the ticket in the correct name, please send details of your ticket booking to support@billetto.co.uk to request an amendment.

Incomplete or Partial Entries: Incomplete entries will not be accepted. All performers (apart from Set Pieces classes) must state the Title of the Piece and the Composer’s Name at the time of entry. All competitor names must be submitted in the format Firstname Secondname. Do not capitalise names as these will appear incorrectly in the printed programme. If you are unsure how to fill in the entry form, do check with your teacher for advice before entering.

Programmes: These are included in the entry fee – one per performer (irrespective of number of classes entered).

Photocopied Music: A performer may not play from a photocopy if the work is within copyright.

Copy of Music for adjudicators: Present a copy of your music to the adjudicator as you go up to perform. Photocopies are fine in this instance but will be destroyed and not returned to you.

Playing from Memory: This is optional.

Feedback: All competitors receive a Comment Sheet and Certificate with a category award. Certificates and Comment Sheets will be distributed from the front desk at the end of each class. Adjudicators may choose only to give verbal feedback on medal place winners if the timings of the class do not allow for individual verbal feedback. We may not be able to give verbal feedback on all competitors.

Order of playing: If there are a number of no-shows for a class, then the playing order will be altered and playing number will be brought forward so we ask you to be ready to play as the first competitor in your class. Prompt arrival for your class is vital.

Medals & Trophies: Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (subject to class numbers of 6 entrants for 2nd place and 9 entrants and above for the full 3 medals). Trophies are awarded for many classes thanks to the generosity of our event supporters. Not every class has a trophy.

Photography/Filming: Photography of your own child is permitted at this event but we cannot allow filming or distributing of your child’s performance on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook etc. as this will be in breach of Copyright Laws.

Time Penalty: Where a time limit applies, competitors exceeding this time limit will incur a time penalty and this may lead to ineligibility for medals.

Refreshments: There are no refreshments on sale. Food and drink is not permitted anywhere in the Music performance space.

Certificates: After the class, all certificates and mark sheets will be returned to the Front Desk for you to collect on your way out. Please ensure that you only take your own mark sheet and certificate. Please check carefully before leaving the building as we do not have duplicates of these items.

Level of Playing: Students should aim to enter for a level at which they are currently playing, not a level at which they have already achieved or surpassed. For example, graded students would not be suitable for the very first Set Pieces classes that are aimed at very new learners that have not reached Prep Test level.

Absence: If you cannot attend, we do not refund your fees or transfer your entry fee to next year’s competition. We will not delay the class to wait for your arrival.

Cancellation: Tickets are non-refundable once booked and cannot be transferred into an alternative name or re-allocated for any reason.

Late Arrivals: No refunds of entry fees can be entertained if you are unable to perform due to late arrival and your entry will be forfeited. If you’ve missed your turn, your name will be called once after all other competitors have finished performing. Once the adjudicator has completed his or her decision and marking, then no more performances will be allowed to start.

Trophies: Winners of trophies may have them suitably engraved at their own expense. Trophies may not be taken out of the country, and must be returned on the 1st of December. Our preferred trophy engraver is Classic Trophies in Sydenham. Trophies must be returned clean and in good condition. It is your responsibility to replace damaged or lost trophies.

For guidance with the online entry form, please email londonpianoevents@gmail.com

We only accept entries via the web site:

Music Aptitude Tests
Try out the practice tests online in advance of the MAT tests for September 2018 state school entry. [musicaptitudetest.co.uk]

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