The Voice Festival UK will not be holding Regional Competitions as part of the University Competition in 2014.
The news comes early today as an email from the new University Co-Ordinator, Zoe Banfield, was sent to all the groups involved in the Festival.
Instead, in order to apply for the semi-final and final (taking place in London in March), groups will need to submit a video to VF-UK. Further details of this video are yet to be revealed. Furthermore, showcases will be organised across the UK as replacements for the Voice Festival competition.
The full email from the Voice Festival can be read below:
University Programme 2013-14
As you will be aware, the Voice Festival is run by a team of volunteers, and in order to develop and sustain the work we do, we have recently taken on some new team members. However, this does mean that we will be going through an initial period of transition this year whilst the new members settle into their roles. More details about the new team members and their roles can be found on the Voice Festival website.
Based on feedback from last year, we know that the Big Weekend was of great value to groups, and so we want to build on this aspect of our offering and find a way to bring even more groups together. We also know that the competition aspect is something that helps provide focus in pushing groups on and we still want to encourage this as well.
With this in mind key activities of our 2013-14 programme will include:
This will consist of:
– An initial round with online video submissions. (More details to follow, but we anticipate a submission deadline of end of Jan/early Feb 2014).
– Festival Weekend across two days (potentially 8th – 9th March 2014, but we will confirm this in December) which will include a live Semi-final knock-out and the University Championship Final. (More details to be announced in due course).
As you can see the University competition has a few changes to previous years, with an initial video submission round and then a Festival Weekend featuring Semi-finals and the Competition Final. We can confirm at this stage that the judging criteria will remain consistent with previous years, with only some small tweaks for the online video submissions.
Showcases… in collaboration with you! – these are events for helping you to deepen connections with youth and community singers in your regions, and providing focus on originality, collaboration, learning and performance. They will be held at different venues and times across the year (pre or post the university competition – pending your calendars) and every event will be tailored to the singers in your area.
What do you think of the new changes? Feel free to leave your comments below.