Where Levels are given rather than grades, the approximate levels are:
- Beginner: Pre Grade 1 & Grade 1; Elementary: Grades 2 & 3
- Intermediate: Grades 4 – 5; Advanced: Grades 6 – 7
- Open: Post Grade 8
Where reference has been made either to a specific grade, or to terms such as elementary, intermediate etc, or to a level expressed in Grades, it is expected that entrants, parents, and especially teachers, will bear in mind that it is in the spirit of the festival to try to adhere carefully to the standards suggested by the the relevant grade. If in any doubt about the level of a piece then teachers should not hesitate to contact the Instrumental Section Co-ordinator who will be happy to give guidance.
Whilst it is obviously acceptable to play an exam piece in the festival, wider repertoire is strongly encouraged, in the context of the above advice.
Entrants may play more than one piece in a class as long as the time limit is adhered to.
Within any class, the adjudicator will pay more heed to the standard of the performance than to the level of difficulty of the piece.
Adjudicator: Christopher Daly LRAM Cert Ed Bachelor Degree: Honoris Causa
Christopher began playing the guitar after hearing a recital by the great master, Andres Segovia. He read Divinity at King Alfred’s College, Winchester (now the University of Winchester), but on leaving took up a career teaching the classical guitar and gained a Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music.
Christopher became a guitar specialist adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals in 1991 and in 2004 became a general adjudicator at the invitation of the Federation. That same year he joined the committee of the Lennox Berkeley Society for whom he ran the Lennox Berkeley Award for Guitar, in conjunction with Oxford Music Festival, from 2010 until 2020. This award is now held by nine outstanding young guitarists with all the royal music colleges represented between them.
In 2015, he was awarded a Bachelor Degree of the University of Winchester., Honoris Causa. He continues to perform from time to time with an emphasis on fine but lesser-known repertoire.