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The Young Talent and Budding Brigade Concert Series is presented annually by The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy in association with the National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported by Furtados. These concerts aim at promoting and encouraging Western classical music among young people, while providing talented young artistes a concert platform on which to perform and present themselves to a fairly wide audience.

SCHEDULE OF CONCERTS

YOUNG TALENT         

WEDNESDAY, June 6th, 2018 – 6.30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 4th, 2018 – 6.30 p.m.

BUDDING BRIGADE

THURSDAY, August 9th, 2018 – 6.30 p.m.

For the Young Talent Concert Series, a maximum of four performers may be presented at each concert.

For the Budding Brigade Concert Series, a maximum of 12 performers may be presented.

VENUE

Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021

ELIGIBILITY

Age

YOUNG TALENT: Amateur musicians between the ages of 15 years and 30 years as on 15.8.2018

BUDDING BRIGADE: Children between the ages of 7 years and 14 years as on 15.10.2018

Qualifications

YOUNG TALENT: Vocalists and instrumentalists should have passed the A.T.C.L/A.R.S.M, or Performer’s Certificate Examination or possess an equivalent qualification.

BUDDING BRIGADE: Vocalists and instrumentalists should have achieved distinction in music grades 4 to 8.

However, exceptional cases of proven musicianship supported by documentary evidence or letters of recommendation from a recognised institution or music teacher, will be considered.

SELECTION

The selection of performers will be made by the Music Director and a Selection Committee.  The decision of the Selection Committee will be final and binding on all performers.  Selection will be made on the basis of merit and may even include an audition, if found necessary.  Aspiring performers from outside Mumbai will be expected to send a demonstration CD.

DURATION OF PERFORMANCE

YOUNG TALENT: Each performer selected will have to prepare a programme of approximately 25 minutes duration which may include at least one complete major workNo part or movement of a major work (Sonata etc.) will be permitted to be performed.

BUDDING BRIGADE: Each performer will perform a programme of 10 minutes.

CHOICE OF MUSIC

The performer is permitted his/her own choice of music to be performed.  However, no two performers in the same Concert will be allowed to perform the same piece/work.  The performer whose application was received first will be allowed to play the piece, while the other will have to make the necessary change, for which s/he will receive information in advance. A list indicating the performer’s repertoire, with personal choices and alternatives, must be sent in advance to the Selection Committee with the applicant’s bio-data.

ACCOMPANIST

Vocalists and instrumentalists requiring an accompanist will have to make their own arrangements for one.  No fee will be paid to the accompanist by the organisers. The Organisers may help to arrange for an accompanist, provided the music is sent well in advance, and the performer agrees to the dates of rehearsals as per the accompanist’s schedule.

REHEARSALS

The performers will be allowed to practice on or with the piano on the morning of the Concert. 

DRESS CODE AND CONCERT ETIQUETTE

Formal. Candidates selected will be sent instructions on choice of attire and concert-performance etiquette.

TRAVEL

Travel costs will NOT be reimbursed.

ACCOMMODATION FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Performers will have to make their own arrangements to stay in Mumbai.  If they are unable to do so, the Organisers may assist them in arranging a hostel-type accommodation, the charges of which the performers will have to bear on their own.

LAST DATE FOR APPLICATION

The last date of receiving applications from performers for these concerts is 30th March, 2018.  Applications should include a complete resume, a repertoire of the applicant and a letter of recommendation from the institute/music teacher. All applications should be addressed to The Chairman, The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy, c/o Ms. Jennifer D’Souza, 6, Kostka House, St. Peter’s C.H.S., Manuel Gonsalves Road, Bandra, Mumbai 400050.

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