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Frequently Asked Questions

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Chamber music is classical music played by a small group of musicians. For this championship, your chamber group can vary in size from 3 to 8 players, with each musician singing or playing one instrument for each part of music that is written with no conductor, or adult accompanist.

Check out our page What is Chamber Music? to learn more or read this brief history of chamber music from Wikipedia.

 

Our definition of classical music is reasonably broad, but we do not allow classical versions of pop, rock, or jazz style pieces. If you’re in any doubt as to whether your chosen piece fits the guidelines, please contact us and we’ll let you know!

Yes! We welcome entries from groups playing all kinds of instruments and groups with singers. As long as there’s only one player per part, your group has 3-8 players, no conductor, and you’re playing classical music, we’d love for you to enter!

Yes, absolutely! There are no restrictions on where each member of your group goes to school or in what year level, as long as more than 50% of your group is in secondary school and 18 years old or younger.

Definitely, we’d love to have your entry.

That’s a great song by Adele, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit the repertoire guidelines.

Have a chat to your teacher/tutor, or browse through our repertoire resource section, and you should find lots of suitable music to perform. Remember, you don't have to play the most difficult piece of music you can find, choose a piece of music that you enjoy and that your group can play well together.

No cuts to music are allowed, except in exceptional circumstances.

Written approval must be obtained from Championship Management prior to entry. Send us an email if you have any concerns: [email protected] 

Not at all, you may perform as many or as few repeats as you wish. Use your good judgement in deciding which repeats to perform, and ensure that your performance still fits within the required time limit of 4-12 minutes.

Yes, you can write your own piece of music. It will need to fit within the championship guidelines and your group will need to notate it and provide sheet music for the piece if you are a finalist.

No, adults can not perform with the group or accompany the group on piano.

Pianos are permitted as part of a chamber group (e.g. a piano trio of violin/cello/piano, or 1 piano with two players/8 hands), however it must be performed by a secondary school student.

Works for solo instrument/voice and piano accompaniment are also not permitted as they don’t meet the minimum requirement of 3 players.

No, anyone over the age of 18 years old can register your group. This can be a parent or guardian, school teacher or a music teacher. 

The person entering your group will need to make sure that each member of the group who is under 18 has permission from a parent or guardian to enter the championship, and has consent to be filmed.

Entry fees are $10 per person. So it will cost between $30 and $80 to register your group.

If you need help raising money for entry, you can always consider busking (with your parents permission) or holding a fundraiser in your local community.

We understand that not everyone will have access to high quality video/audio recording equipment. Videos may be recorded with any device, including smartphones, digital cameras, etc. The quality of the video recording won’t unduly influence the decision of the judging panel but groups are encouraged to test recorded sound quality in advance of the performance and make reasonable adjustments where necessary (eg. microphone placement) so that the judging panel can hear the group at its best.  

We are also in the process of setting up a network of regional ‘Hubs’ to assist with the recording of First Round entries. These Hubs will be schools, community centres or performing arts venues in regional areas that are able to provide space, equipment and/or personnel to assist with recording of First Round videos. These Hubs may, at their discretion, charge for their services. Keep checking the Championship website for further updates on Hubs.