Around the Globe Music & Arts

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

Entries & Regulations


  • Entries and fees must be received no later than Friday 6th November 2020 Junior participants and 16th November 2020 Adult participants by post or email.
  • Participants are able to make multiple entries for different piano categories. They are also able to make multiple entries for the same class but with different repertoire.
  • Each entry has a maximum performance time limit.
  • AGPMF winners are not able to enter the same repertoire for the classes they have won in previous years otherwise their entry will be declined.
  • Late entries will only be accepted at the discretion of the organiser.
  • Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry if the schedule is fully booked or for any other sensitive reasons.
  • Consult the full syllabus and fees
  • Download the entry form (pdf) or Apply online
  • The age of the participant stated on the form should be as at 1st October 2020.
  • For further information contact
    Maya Jordan, tel: 07984857355
    Marina Petrov, tel: 07734204252
    AGPMF, 11 Fermor Way, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3BD

Notes for Entrants

How to enter?

To enter the First Round of The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition you will need to fill in the form, available online, this will include details of the entrance fees. After completing the form, to include your chosen category or class(es), you will be asked to send your entrance fee payment as well as your unedited audio visual file of only ONE of your preferred pieces from the overall programme, to the organisers at (larger files can be sent via WeTransfer)


Up-loadable file formats of your video/audio-visual files include MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI and FLV. Performance can be easily recorded on a smart phone, iPad, computer or other digital device. The quality of the sound and recording is important and poor-quality recordings may result in an application being disqualified.

Syllabus of 2020 AGOPC

Check at:

For music scores:

Which piano piece to choose for the First Round?

You can choose any piece or part of the larger piece/form (advanced) from your programme that is NO LONGER than:

  • (Beginners up to grade 3) 2 Minutes
  • (Intermediate up to grade 5) 4 Minutes
  • (Early advanced up to grade 7) 5 Minutes
  • (Advanced, grade 8 and above) 8 Minutes

Which contestants will be invited to the Second Round?

Contestants whose video performance is marked 80 and above will be invited to the next round.

All entrants will be informed about the results of the First-Round in due course and will receive their marking sheets including comments.

About the Second Round

Contestants who advance to the Second Round will be notified as soon as possible about the date and time of their online displayed recorded performance. Following the invitation to the next round, contestants are expected to send video/audio-visual files of their performance of their chosen piano programme (for the class or classes they have entered) TEN days before the Second Round. These performances will be downloaded and displayed on the Zoom online platform on the day of the event. Contestants are expected to be present on Zoom on the day of the Second Round to hear Adjudicator's comments, to receive marks and accept awards.

Please note that contestants who are invited to the Second Round and have entered to play only one piece of music will not need to send the video file again, unless they think they can significantly improve the result and overall performance.

Marking system

  • Certificate of Performance Achievement 0-74
  • Certificate of Performance Achievement with Merit 75-84
  • Certificate of Performance Achievement with Distinction 85-94
  • Certificate of Performance Achievement Outstanding 95-100


  • Participants are required to provide a copy of the music score of a lesser-known contemporary piece(s) in advance which will be forwarded to the adjudicator for a review. Send a copy by email to
  • The time limit set for performance indicates the maximum duration of performance, including pauses between pieces. It is not necessary to use the suggested time completely, but time should not be exceeded (in which case adjudicator has right to interrupt the performance).
  • Participants are welcome to join more than one class, but different repertoire has to be performed for each class.
  • We would encourage participants to dress suitably and bow before and after the performance when possible, to enhance the artistic style of the occasion for both performers and audience.

Marking, awards and list of criteria

  • All performers will receive a written report on their performance as well as Certificate of Performance Achievement from the Adjudicator or Jury Panel.
  • Criteria for marking will be based on technical ability and level of expression as well as programme conception for recital classes.
  • Categories of awards will include: Certificate of Performance Achievement, Certificate of Performance Achievement with merit, Certificate of Performance Achievement with distinction and Certificate of Outstanding Performance.
  • Awards will be given to the winners of each class. Special Prizes and Medals will be given to the winners of specific classes.
  • Adjudicators have the right to award a shared prize and their decision is final.


  • Organisers reserve right to change Adjudicators or Jury Panel if needed.
  • Children should be accompanied/observed by adults, which will take responsibility for their safeguarding at all times during the performance.
  • With appropriate permission the organizer may record performances and use them for promoting the Around the Globe Piano Music Festival/Competition.