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STARS OF THE ALBION. GRAND PRIX 2020

7th INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL & COMPETITION 

MUSIC, DANCE, VISUAL ARTS
28 February - 1 March 2020, London, United Kingdom

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3rd INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

         A WORLD OF NEW TALENTS. LONDON, UK.       

MUSIC, ACTING, DANCE
17 - 19 December 2019 

Applications deadline: 1 October 2019  

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STARS OF THE ALBION. GRAND PRIX 2020.

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL & COMPETITION. LONDON, UK
“Discovering New Talents World” The Business Courier, UK

Applications deadline:
29 November 2019 (international contestants)
15 January 2020 (national contestants)
Age category:
Children from 6 y.o. & adults, no age limit
Date of the ONLINE COMPETITION:
1 - 3 December 2019
The ONLINE competition for international and national artists that don’t take part in the Grand Final in London & a selection round for the international participants who intend to participate in the Grand Final in London.
Dates of the selection round for national artists:
20 - 23 January 2020
Dates of the Grand Final in London:
28 February - 1 March 2020


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Dear Friends,
“Stars of the Albion” international performing arts festival & competition is the annual event held in prestigious concert venues across London. It is a three-day programme consisting of a variety of events including concerts, exhibitions, workshops and the competition itself as a central focus point. The event will be attended by famous artists, celebrities and international performers.
"Stars of the Albion" is a unique multicultural project that joins musicians, dancers and artists from across the world and provides valuable opportunities for young emerging artists to showcase their talent as well as to enhance technical and performance skills, to establish and develop their career.
The project is organised by Musica Nova Productions Agency & Academy under the Patronage of the World Association of Performing Arts (WAPA) and is promoted by Stars of the Albion Ltd Foundation with support of the Russian Cultural Centre | Rossotrudnichestvo in the United Kingdom.
The 7th international performing arts festival & competition “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020” will be held on 28 February - 1 March 2020 in London. It will consist of two separate formats of participation: an online and a live concert performance (Open Grand Prix Final).
Artists who are unable to travel to the UK, can take part in our new online competition. Those who are willing to travel to the UK to participate in the Open Grand Prix Final in London need to indicate this in their registration form.
All artists are required to pass through the online selection round. At the end of the online competition all artists will receive diplomas. The winners will also receive prize trophies which will be sent by post directly to each participant in their country of residence. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded. The online competition is based on video recordings (YouTube links/ social media).
Participation in the Open Grand Prix Final will be based upon results of the online competition. We will offer visa support to international artists who may require an entry visa to the UK. The Gala Show and an Awards Ceremony will be held at one of the top theatres in central London.
Prizes for the Open Grand Prix Final differ from those allocated for the online competition. Apart from diplomas and trophies, the finalists will also receive four monetary prizes per each nomination equalling £500 each. 40 soloists, 20 ensembles/ groups will be selected to come to London to participate in the Open Grand Prix Final round.
We expect participants from Great Britain, USA, Canada, Israel, China, Malta, Spain, France, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Albania, Ukraine, Latvia, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Belarus, Algeria and Russia and other countries.
Participation in this contest is open to artists from 6 years old with no age limit and is divided between age categories, with two options of participation in the capacity of either as amateur or professional performers. All styles and genres can be presented for the competition programme. There are no repertoire restrictions. It is expected that each participant will perform two contrasting compositions. For singers it is compulsory to include one song in English the second maybe performed either in English or in other languages. If that's the case, prior to the performance the contestant should provide the adjudication panel with an adequate translation into English in writing of their original song, which they are going to perform in the competition programme. Please see a full list of requirements in our programme section.
The 2020 year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, on which World War II in Europe ended. Valuable prizes will be awarded for the best artistic work, short documentary film and choreography on music by the 20th century composer dedicated to the war theme. Apart from that, a special prize will be allocated for the best performance of instrumental music by a Russian composer or for the best vocal performance in the Russian language.
The adjudication panel is comprised of famous musicians, composers, producers and artists and international judges.
TOTAL PRIZE FUND: £2500
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our events & to extraordinary discoveries of the “Stars of the Albion” project!

• MUSIC              Singing (classical, contemporary, musical theatre). 
                            Soloists and ensembles up to 12 people and choirs. 
                            Instrumental playing (classical, folk, jazz).
                            Soloists, ensembles up to 12 people.

• DANCE             Ballet, modern, folk.
                            Soloists, ensembles up to 12 people and groups.
• VISUAL ARTS   Visual Arts, short documentary films 

Date of the ONLINE COMPETITION: 1 - 3 December 2019
The ONLINE competition for international and national artists that don’t take part in the Grand Final in London & a selection round for the international participants who intend to participate in the Grand Final in London.
Dates of the selection round for national artists: 20 - 23 January 2020
Dates of the Grand Final in London: 28 February - 1 March 2020

GRAND FINAL IN LONDON
Thursday, 27 February 2020 - arrival
Friday, 28 February 2020
12.00-15.00 Master classes & excursion (optional)
12.00-17.30 Visual Arts competition. Private reception.
15.00-16.30 A press conference, meeting of the participants with the Organising Committee
18.30-20.30 Opening Night of “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020”

Featuring outstanding young talents, laureates of “Stars of the Albion” festivals and distinguished international musicians, adjudicators of the competition.
Venue address: Russian Cultural Centre | Rossotrudnichestvo. 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED.

Saturday, 29 February 2020
11.00-19.00 Competition. SINGING. Contemporary & Musical Theatre nominations. 
10.30-17.00 Competition. INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE. SINGING. Classical singing nomination. 

20.00-21.30 An Evening concert of a celebrity jury member. 
Venues: Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo | Russia House in the UK, 37 Kensington High street, London W8 5ED and St. Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL
*excursion (optional), free time, cultural programme. 

Sunday, 1 March 2020
11.00-14.00 Competition. ENSEMBLES: SINGING (CHOIR), ENSEMBLES: INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE.
Venue: St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL

11.00-14.00 Competition. DANCE (solo, groups)
14.30-17.30 rehearsal for the Gala Show & Awards Ceremony

18.30-21.00 Awards Ceremony & Gala of winners of the “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020” 7th International Performing Arts Festival & Competition with the participation of celebrity guest artists and ensembles.

Venue address: Rudolf Steiner Theatre, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

Monday, 2 March 2020 – Departure
*The programme and venues are subject to confirmation

Based on the ratings put forward by the jury on a 10-point scale, the Org. Committee determines the winners of the first, second and third places, as well as the Grand Prix of the Competition.

• £2000 in total Grand Prix – 4 monetary prizes of £500 each per Discipline.
• I place – Golden trophy and Diploma.
• II place – Silver trophy and Diploma.
• III place – Bronze trophy and Diploma.

STAR AWARDS
- A special prize for the best performance/choreography on music by the 20th-21st centuries Russian composer dedicated to the War theme.
- Concert prizes (performances throughout the year) are awarded to the Grand Prix winner and laureates of the 1st and 2nd places.
- Special Diploma and “Star Lyre” award for the best dance/vocal number/ choreography / costume and stage presence.
- Special Diploma and award for the best artistic work and photography.
- Special Diploma and award for the best short film script.
- “Audience Prize” / “Jury Prize” for the best performance / work.
- A “Young Future Talent of Stars of the Albion” Diploma for the youngest contestant.
- Diploma of appreciation to teachers and directors.
- Diploma of participant for every contestant.

Every discipline is subdivided between age categories. Based on the jury recommendation, the Organisers reserve the right not to award any places in a category.
The programme of the final Gala Show will be based on recommendations by members of the adjudication panel. The jury’s decision is a final one and should not be disputed.

A free choice of repertoire within the required total duration limit. Each contestant should perform two contrasting compositions. It is compulsory for Singers to include one of the songs in English. The second song can be performed on any language of the world. A written translation should be provided to the jury prior to performance if a song is to be performed in any language other than English.

All compositions should be performed from memory and in the original language. 

Requirements for maximum total duration of compositions performed: 

Singing: 7 minutes
• Participants using the backing track must provide a high-quality instrumental accompaniment on a USB flash drive. Also, the backing tracks must be sent to the organizers in MP3 format at most 2.5 weeks before the start of the competition.
• Each sound recording must be on a separate medium with the name of the work, the author of the music, the text, the name of the ensemble or the name of the artist, as well as the duration of the work.
• Vocalists are not allowed to perform with the “plus”.

Dance: 4 minutes
• Participants using the backing track must provide a high-quality instrumental accompaniment on a USB flash drive. Also, the backing tracks must be sent to the organizers in MP3 format at most 2.5 weeks before the start of the competition.

Instrumental performance:  Amateur category 10 minutes, Professional category 20 minutes
Visual Arts: Performance in Fine Art, Photography, Short documentary film

- Artistic embroidery, macrame decoration
- Decorative and applied arts and crafts
- Painting (oil, watercolour, gouache, pastel, mixed technique)
- Drawing (graphics)

All the images that you will be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself or are the artwork created by an artist who authorized you to submit the images on his/her behalf. We will have the right to publish and retain images of your artwork selected by the jurors on our website and other advertising channels to promote future competitions and your artwork. 

Online Round. A maximum of 6 images, a minimum of 3.

Based on digital images sent to us with the following specifications:
• Each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 KB.
• The shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels. 
• All entries must be JPG format.
• Each image should not exceed 5MB and should be smaller than 7500 x 7500 pixels.
• Each piece can be no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters). 
• Diptych, Triptych: A work made up of multiple pieces can be up to 168 inches (427 centimeters) wide, as long as each part is no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
• All images should be sent in a JPG format.

Grand Final Round. 

A maximum of 3 works. 

If you are selected into the Grand Final Round, your work must be framed or stretched. You are responsible for the cost of this if the work arrives unframed/unstretched. Framed work must be framed in a similar manner; the frames do not have to be identical, but they must be very similar. It is your responsibility to make sure that your artwork is adequately wired and ready to be hung.  
The applicant is liable for all costs in connection with insurance, postage, transportation to and from competition venue(s), preparation of their works for an exhibition. The applicant should be available in person or to make alternative arrangements to collect their works from the venue on the last day of the festival. Organisation Committee is not liable to storage and for loss of any material left by the participant after the 1 March 2020.

Short documentary film

Online competition. Works to be submitted together with the registration form:
- 3 minutes script competition

Grand Final Round in London.
- up to 10 minutes script competition.
• The video file should not exceed 2-3 GB.
• The video file can be sent in one of the formats: AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV


1.    Choreography
• Composition, choice of repertoire, matching the repertoire with the age characteristics of the performer.
• Performing skills – style and technique, the culture of performance, musicality.
• Artistry, interest and variety, expression.
• Stage presence, decorations and costumes.

2.    Singing
• Artistic interpretation, expression.
• Performance technique, purity of intonation, pronunciation, articulation.
• Choice of works, level of difficulty.
• Stage presentation, acting, production, costumes.

3.    Instrumental performance
• Artistic interpretation, concept, architectonics.
• Performance technique, instrument control, purity of intonation (for strings and winds).
• Choice of repertoire, level of difficulty.
• Stage presence, costumes.

4.    Photography
• Concept, originality, composition.
• Technique, work with light, design, style.
• Expressiveness, impact on the audience.
• Costumes, decorations.

5.    Visual Arts
• Composition, concept, originality.
• Technique, style, work with color, work with a line.
• Expressiveness, impact on the audience.
• Presentation

6.    Short films
• Concept, content of work, compliance with the declared genre.
• Technique of performance, video quality, installation, complexity.
• Emotional impact on the audience, expressive tools and design (the presence of sound, effects, the use of scenery, light, costumes).
• Artistic performance.


Registration fee is non-refundable.

ONLINE COMPETITION
INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
• £75 - registration fee per person (solo category)
• £45 per person (a group of 2 – 5 people)
• £30 per person (a group of 6 and more people)

NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
• £45 - registration fee per person (solo category)
• £25 per person (a group of 2 – 5 people)
• £15 per person (a group of 6 and more people)

OPEN GRAND PRIX FINAL (live auditions in London and a Gala Concert)
INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
• £65 - registration fee per person (solo category)
• £35 per person (a group of 2 – 5 people)
• £25 per person (a group of 6 and more people).
• £55 - accreditation fee per accompanying person (include a free ticket to the final Gala concert and an Awards ceremony)

NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
• £35 - registration fee per person (solo category)
• £15 per person (a group of 2 – 5 people)
• £5 per person (a group of 6 and more people)
• £25 - accreditation fee per accompanying person (include a free ticket to the final Gala concert and an Awards ceremony)

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL FEES:
• £15 - any additional nomination
• £25 - ticket to the Gala concert and awards ceremony                                                 
• £80 video recording of a performance from the competition
  £150 video recording of a Gala concert
  From £500 video clip
• £70 - photographs
• £40 - rehearsal with the staff accompanist (30 minutes)
*Master classes £60 for soloists and £10 per person in a group
*Free of charge rehearsal studio.

• Single/twin/double/triple Accommodation in the 3* (from £410 for 4 nights), in 4* (additional fee of £20 per night). Accommodation includes a continental breakfast.
• A group discount (from 6 people and more) - £300 per person for 4 nights, including breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. A 10% non-refundable deposit of £30 is charged in advance to secure a reservation in the hotel. The rest of the balance should be paid at least one month before arrival.
• Transfers from/to the airport - from £75 per single trip.
• Packed lunch and dinner - £25 per day.

A Festival Package:
For participants: £550 for 4 nights (including a registration fee, accommodation in one of central London hotel’s with continental breakfast, half day excursion).
For accompanying persons: £540 for 4 nights (including a registration fee, accommodation in one of central London hotel’s with continental breakfast, half day excursion).
The hotel is located in a close proximity to the concert venue as well as famous London landmarks, such as: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum and etc.

Early bird discount (to be paid by 20 December 2019) £500 for participants & accompanying persons.
After this date the price of the special package will increase to £550 & £540.
** The Early Bird discount is not valued for the Special invitation issued to participants which offers a £50 free accommodation in London.

It's not compulsory to purchase the whole package offer from the organisers however it will be advisable to avoid extra costs incurred by the participant. As per request of the participant we can organize transfer to and from the hotel to the airport/ train station and an individual program of your stay in London. Travel expenses to / from UK and travel insurance are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Organisator: “Musica Nova” International Music Academy

Administrator: Mrs. Evgeniia Illova
Tel: +44 (0) 7765 845489 | +44 (0)7832341745 | +44 (0) 2078330502
E-mail: starsofthealbion@gmail.com

CEO: Ms. Evgenia Terentieva-Jakubowski
President of the World Association of Performing Arts United Kingdom Section (WAPA)
Winner of a “Queen’s Award” from the British Council
Laureate of international piano, singing, composition competitions
Laureate of the Gold Franz Kafka Medal (Czech Republic)
Concert musician: singer, pianist, composer, educator
Dip Dist St. Petersburg Conservatoire (Russia), DipGSMD, HonLGSM (UK)

Stars of the Albion
Musica Nova Academy office 
88 Cromer Street London WC1H 8DG, United Kingdom 
www.starsofthealbion.org.uk и www.musicanova.org.uk


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Founder and Executive Producer

Evgenia Terentieva

Evgenia Terentieva

Pianist, singer, composer
Evgenia Terentieva

Evgenia Terentieva

Pianist, singer, composer

Pianist, singer, composer, winner of international competitions and prestigious awards. She adjudicates at several international competitions in Great Britain and Europe. In 2011 Evgenia was awarded Gold Franz Kafka Medal for her outstanding contribution to the world culture and a “Queen’s Award” from the British Council. She is the CEO and an executive producer of Musica Nova, the International Academy of Music, and “Stars of the Albion” festival-contest in London.

Singing

David Serero (USA) Chair

David Serero (USA) Chair

Baritone and Actor
David Serero (USA) Chair

David Serero (USA) Chair

Baritone and Actor

Baritone and Actor, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. He was honored in the WHO’S WHO America for having demonstrated outstanding achievements in the Entertainment world and contributed for the betterment of the contemporary society. www.davidserero.com 

Ron Tom (United Kingdom)

Ron Tom (United Kingdom)

Legendary producer, manager
Ron Tom (United Kingdom)

Ron Tom (United Kingdom)

Legendary producer, manager

Legendary producer, manager: Sugarbabes, All Saints, Mark Morris on Gabrielle Sinead O’Conner West London Notting Hill Road metamorphosis records, worked with all the major labels: Sony, EMI, singed as a writer, artist development and consultant, studio owner.

Rossi Yordanova (Bulgaria)

Rossi Yordanova (Bulgaria)

Vocal coach, composer, songwriter, producer, conductor
Rossi Yordanova (Bulgaria)

Rossi Yordanova (Bulgaria)

Vocal coach, composer, songwriter, producer, conductor

Vocal coach, composer, songwriter, producer, conductor, a founder of the Contemporary Music School "Studio Musika", preparing rock and pop singers, international jury member.

Erika Said (Malta)

Erika Said (Malta)

Director of Erseb Productions
Erika Said (Malta)

Erika Said (Malta)

Director of Erseb Productions

Erika is the Director of Erseb Productions, a company in Malta who have given rise to several talented singers from a young age. She herself is a singer and also an actress, Erika has been a Jury Member in several International Competitions. Erika is the Director of "Arpeggio International - Singers Competition", held in Malta every year in May.

Olga Druzhinina (USA)

Olga Druzhinina (USA)

Vocal coach, pianist, director
Olga Druzhinina (USA)

Olga Druzhinina (USA)

Vocal coach, pianist, director

Vocal coach, pianist, director

Natalia Skapets (Republic of Belaruss)

Natalia Skapets (Republic of Belaruss)

Producer, vocal coach, director of educational centre, composer
Natalia Skapets (Republic of Belaruss)

Natalia Skapets (Republic of Belaruss)

Producer, vocal coach, director of educational centre, composer

Founder and director of the educational and production centre, Magister of pedagogy, composer and producer. Founder and director of the International Performing Arts Festival «Зорныя кветкi». A member of the international festival association (WAFA).

Olga Gelfand (Israel)

Olga Gelfand (Israel)

Pianist, producer, organiser and adjudicator
Olga Gelfand (Israel)

Olga Gelfand (Israel)

Pianist, producer, organiser and adjudicator

Olga Gelfand is a pianist, producer, organiser and jury member of international concert projects and festivals. She is a Chairman of Association "Moscow" (Israel) and a member of Coordinating Council of Russian-speaking Compatriots of Israel.

Alfia Karimova (Kazakhstan)

Alfia Karimova (Kazakhstan)

The prima of Astana Opera Theatre
Alfia Karimova (Kazakhstan)

Alfia Karimova (Kazakhstan)

The prima of Astana Opera Theatre

Alfia Karimova is the leading soloist of Astana Opera, Honored Artist of Bashkortostan, winner of about 30 international and All-Russian competitions, winner of “The Opera Ball Award-2015”, jury member of international competitions, teacher, toured in Europe, Asia, America, and CIS countries.

Athenα Savvidou (Greece)

Athenα Savvidou (Greece)

Voice coach, pianist, director of music school
Athenα Savvidou (Greece)

Athenα Savvidou (Greece)

Voice coach, pianist, director of music school

International voice coach, pianist, director of music school in Perea, Thessaloniki. Her students are winners of prestigious international festivals and awards.

Instrumental

Melanie Spanswick (UK) Chair

Melanie Spanswick (UK) Chair

Pianist, author, teacher, presenter, adjudicator
Melanie Spanswick (UK) Chair

Melanie Spanswick (UK) Chair

Pianist, author, teacher, presenter, adjudicator

Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, presenter, and adjudicator. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the Royal College of Music in London. Her performances include appearances at the major UK concert halls; a solo recording and broadcasts on major radio channels.

Constance An Chi HSIEH (China)

Constance An Chi HSIEH (China)

Violinist, tutor, adjudicator
Constance An Chi HSIEH (China)

Constance An Chi HSIEH (China)

Violinist, tutor, adjudicator

Constance AN CHI HSIEH taught at the Central Conservatory of China (the Academy of Continue Education), gave master classes across Asia, and several times was invited by the organization of China Talent Professional Ability Test and Talented Professional Competition of Asia to Chair the adjudication board of string department.

Evelina Batey (Malta)

Evelina Batey (Malta)

Director of European Centre for Arts, pianist, producer
Evelina Batey (Malta)

Evelina Batey (Malta)

Director of European Centre for Arts, pianist, producer

Director of European Centre for Arts, pianist, producer

Molly Rebecca Da Gama (UK)

Molly Rebecca Da Gama (UK)

Classical composer, producer
Molly Rebecca Da Gama (UK)

Molly Rebecca Da Gama (UK)

Classical composer, producer

Dance, Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble, Musical Theatre

Katrina Vasilieva (Russia) Chair

Katrina Vasilieva (Russia) Chair

Dancer, actress, choreographer
Katrina Vasilieva (Russia) Chair

Katrina Vasilieva (Russia) Chair

Dancer, actress, choreographer

After graduating at the top of the class at the Dancing Academy, Katrina performed in the biggest theatres across the world as a principal dancer of Moisseyev Dance Company. She later appeared in the first ever Russian TV commercial, Pop Videos and was working in London's West End.

Irina Mironova (United Kingdom)

Irina Mironova (United Kingdom)

Choreographer
Irina Mironova (United Kingdom)

Irina Mironova (United Kingdom)

Choreographer

Irina Mironova – choreographer, founder and director of the Kalinka Dance School in London.

Shalva Kavtaradze (Georgia)

Shalva Kavtaradze (Georgia)

Choreographer and artistic director of ensemble “Pesvebi”
Shalva Kavtaradze (Georgia)

Shalva Kavtaradze (Georgia)

Choreographer and artistic director of ensemble “Pesvebi”

Choreographer and artistic director of ensemble “Pesvebi”

Aaron Dwyer (United Kingdom)

Aaron Dwyer (United Kingdom)

Creative Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Founder & CEO of the London Dance Company
Aaron Dwyer (United Kingdom)

Aaron Dwyer (United Kingdom)

Creative Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Founder & CEO of the London Dance Company

Choreographed many productions (Billy Elliot, R.E.N.T, Spring Awakening etc.). Established the London Dance Company to provide a one stop professional dance company to cater for any event or demand, and making dance accessible to everybody.

Olga Tkhruni (UK)

Olga Tkhruni (UK)

Choreographer, teacher
Olga Tkhruni (UK)

Olga Tkhruni (UK)

Choreographer, teacher

After graduation as a classical dancer from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet she danced at the Kirov/Mariinsky Theatre for 22 years. She is a qualified dance teacher from the Royal Ballet School (RBS)  in London.

Sandra Lisovskaya (Ukraine)

Sandra Lisovskaya (Ukraine)

President of the international festival “STAR CHILDREN”
Sandra Lisovskaya (Ukraine)

Sandra Lisovskaya (Ukraine)

President of the international festival “STAR CHILDREN”

President of the international festival “STAR CHILDREN”, a cavalier of the world order the “CREDO AD ASTRA”, a member of jury of international festivals in Greece, Georgia and Montenegro-choreographer-producer.

Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Stage director, producer, actor
Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Stage director, producer, actor

Performance in Fine Art & Photography

Natalia Kolosova (UK) Chair

Natalia Kolosova (UK) Chair

Theatre critic, PhD
Natalia Kolosova (UK) Chair

Natalia Kolosova (UK) Chair

Theatre critic, PhD

Natalia is theatre and opera critic and teacher of drama and theatre history. She is the author of the first dissertation in Russia about Lev Dodin and his Maly Drama Theatre and a book about the opera singer Vladimir Galouzine, written in English. Natalia has contributed numerous theatre reviews to Russian and International journals.

Pavel Soro (UK) Chair

Pavel Soro (UK) Chair

Photographer
Pavel Soro (UK) Chair

Pavel Soro (UK) Chair

Photographer

Owner at www.pavelsoro.com and www.sorofilm.com

Gulnara Mahmudova (UK)

Gulnara Mahmudova (UK)

Artist and illustrator
Gulnara Mahmudova (UK)

Gulnara Mahmudova (UK)

Artist and illustrator

Independent artist and illustrator from an Eastern European background of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Specialising in fine art, with lots of experience in the art industry, Gulnara has now become an art teacher. Having held multiple exhibitions in the past years, she is now planning on showing her latest work in the upcoming one.

Natalia Jezova (UK)

Natalia Jezova (UK)

Artist
Natalia Jezova (UK)

Natalia Jezova (UK)

Artist

Natalia Jezova is a UK based artist. Born in Russia but has spent the last twenty years working in the UK. She communicates in a wide variety of media including photography, film and installation. Natalia's art has been exhibited internationally, and addresses cultural memory, identity and gender issues. 


Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Stage director, producer, actor
Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Dmitriy Devdariani (Georgia)

Stage director, producer, actor
Rebecca Driffield (United Kingdom)

Rebecca Driffield (United Kingdom)

Figurative and portrait painter
Rebecca Driffield (United Kingdom)

Rebecca Driffield (United Kingdom)

Figurative and portrait painter

Rebecca Driffield is an international award - winning figurative and portrait painter based in Paris, France.

Information

International Performing Arts Festival & Summer School
"A World of New Talents"

United Kingdom. London. 15 - 19 & 22 - 26 July 2019 
Course structure: music (singing and instrumental), arts, performances.
Applications deadline: 1 June 2019   

Our past international course and performing arts festival took place between 9 - 12 July 2018 at the Musica Nova Academy. It had a great success and a very positive feedback. Young artists perfected their technique, learned new compositions and created artistic works under the professional guidance of celebrity tutors. The participants visited London museums and theatres, enhanced their knowldege of British culture and English language. The festival program culminated with a spectacular Gala concert themed "Every Child is an Artist" dedicated to the International Children's Creativity Day at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK | Russian Cultural Centre with participants from UK, Russia, Latvia, China performing alongside with celebrity musicians, professors from Beijing String Academy (China) and Musica Nova Academy in London. 

A World of New Talents. Registration form (Download)


Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020. General information.

Dates: 28 February - 1 March 2020
Age category: Children from 6 y.o. & adults, no age limit  
Applications deadline: 10 December 2019 (international contestants)                                20 January 2020 (national contestants) 

Disciplines: 
• MUSIC              Singing (classical, contemporary, musical theatre). Soloists and choirs. 
                            Instrumental playing (solo and ensemble)
• DANCE             Ballet, modern, historical dance, street-dance  
• VISUAL ARTS  Performance in Fine Art, photography, short documentary films 

     “Stars of the Albion” international performing arts festival & competition is the annual event held in prestigious concert venues across London. It's a three days programme comprised of a variety of events, including concerts, exhibitions, workshops and a competition itself as a central focus point. The event is attended by famous artists, celebrities and international performers. 

     "Stars of the Albion" is a unique multicultural project that joins musicians, dancers and artists from across the world and provides valuable opportunities for young emerging artists to showcase their talent as well as to enhance technical and performance skills, to establish and develop their career.  

     The project is organised Musica Nova Productions Agency & Academy under the Patronage of the World Association of Performing Arts (WAPA) and is promoted by Stars of the Albion Ltd Foundation with support of the Russian Cultural Centre | Rossotrudnichestvo in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

    The 7th international performing arts festival & competition “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020” will be held on 28 February - 1 March 2020 in London. It consists of two Rounds. The first one is based on video recordings (DVD/YouTube). The second Round is opened to the public. The final Gala Show and an Awards Ceremony are held at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre in Central London. 40 soloists and 15 ensembles/ groups will be selected to come to London to participate in the II round. This year we are expecting participants from United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Israel, China, Malta, Spain, France, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Belarus and Algeria to participate in the competition.  

     Participation in this contest is open to artists from 6 years old with no age limit and is divided between age categories, with two options of participation as amateur or professional performers. All styles and genres can be presented for the competition programme. It's allowed to perform songs not only in English but also in other languages. If that's the case, prior to the performance the contestant should provide the adjudication panel with an adequate translation in English in writing of the song they are going to perform in the competition programme.

     The 2020 year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on which World War II in Europe ended. Valuable prizes will be awarded for the best artistic work and/ or choreography on music by the 20th century composer dedicated to the war theme. Apart from that, a special prize will be allocated for the best performance of instrumental music by a Russian composer or for the best vocal performance in Russian language.

The adjudication panel is comprised of famous musicians, composers, producers and artists, international judges.   

A TOTAL PRIZE FUND: £2500 

We are looking forward to welcome you to our events & to extraordinary discoveries of the “Stars of the Albion” project!

Registration Form (Download)


12 - 15 December 2019 1st Round by video recordings (international participants) 
25 - 27 January 2020     1st Round by video recordings (national participants)

Thursday, 27 February 2020 - arrival

Friday, 28 February 2020

12.00-15.00 Master classes & excursion (optional)

12.00-17.30 Visual Arts competition. Private reception.
Venue address: Russian Cultural Centre | Rossotrudnichestvo. 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED.

18.30-20:30 Opening Night of “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020”
Featuring outstanding young talents, laureates of “Stars of the Albion” festivals and distinguished international musicians, adjudicators of the competition:
Venue address: Concert Artistes' Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP (venue is a subject of confirmation)

Saturday, 29 February 2020

11.00-19.00 Competition. SINGING. Contemporary & Musical Theatre nominations. 
10.30-17.00 Competition. INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE. 
                                         SINGING. Classical singing nomination. 
20.00-21.30 An Evening concert of a celebrity jury member. 

*excursion (optional), free time, cultural programme. 

Venues: Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo | Russia House in the UK, 37 Kensington High street, London W8 5ED and St. Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, London (a subject of confirmation)

Sunday, 1 March 2020

11.00-14.00 Competition. SINGING, INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE (ensembles)
14.00-16.00 Competition. DANCE (solo, groups)
11.00-16.00 Competition. MUSIC. Singing nomination, groups. CHOIR. 
Venues to be confirmed
16.00 - 17.30 rehearsal for the Gala show

18.30-21.00 AWARDS CEREMONY & GALA CONCERT

Of winners of the “Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020” 7th International Performing Arts Festival & Competition

With the participation of celebrity guest artists and ensembles. Venue address: Britten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS (venue is a subject of confirmation)

Monday, 2 March 2020 - Departure

“Stars of the Albion”
A free choice of repertoire and languages. A written translation of a song should be provided to the jury prior to performance if a song to be performed in any other language than English.

The repertoire may include a classical or "The Old Russian Style" (Starinnyi Russkii) romance. 
All compositions should be performed from memory and on the original language. 

“Stars of the Albion. New Talents World”
A free choice of repertoire and languages.

Requirements for a maximum total duration of compositions performed: 

Dance: 4 minutes  
Singing: 7 minutes 

Instrumental performance: 
Amateur category - 10 minutes (a minimum duration is 5 minutes), 
Professional category - 20 minutes

One Man Show: 10 minutes

Visual Arts: Performance in Fine Art, Photography, short documentary film:
-Artistic embroidery, macrame decoration
-Decorative and applied art and crafts
-Painting (oil, watercolor, gouache, pastel, mixed technique)
-Drawing
-Photography

Each piece can be no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters). 
Diptych, Triptych: A work made up of multiple pieces can be up to 168 inches (427 centimeters) wide, as long as each part is no larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
All of the images that you will be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself or are artworks created by an artist who authorized you to submit the images on his/her behalf.
We will have the right to publish and retain images of your artwork selected by the jurors on our website and other advertising channels to promote future competitions and your artwork. 
1st Round. A maximum of 6 images, a minimum of 3.
Based on digital images sent to us with the following specifications:
Each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 KB.
The shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels. 
All entries must be JPG format.
Each image should not exceed 5MB and should be smaller than 7500 x 7500 pixels.
2nd Round. A maximum of 3 works.
If you are selected to the second round, your work must be framed or stretched. You are responsible for the cost of this if the work arrives unframed/unstretched. Framed work must be framed in a similar manner; the frames do not have to be identical, but they must be very similar. It is your responsibility to make sure that your artwork is adequately wired and ready to hang.  
The applicant is liable for all costs in connection with insurance, postage, transportation to and from competition venue(s), preparation of their works for an exhibition. The applicant should be available in person or to make alternative arrangements to collect their works from the venue on the last day of the festival.

Short documentary film

On-line competition. 1st Round (to be submitted together with the registration form):

- 3 minutes script competition

2nd Round (open Round at the venue):

- up to 10 minutes script competition.

The contestants at all rounds will be judged by well-known artists, musicians and representatives of media.
Winners of the "Stars of the Albion. Grand Prix 2020" will be invited to perform at the final Gala concert with participation of celebrity guest artists.

DANCE maximum 40 points (1 – 10)
• Performance – technique, style, relevance of the repertoire performed to the age criteria of participant.
• Artistic expression, interpretation.
• Choreography
• Stage presentation, costume, attitude.

SINGING maximum 40 points (1 – 10)
• Technique – pitch and intonation, tone colour and tone quality, sound projection and microphone technique (contemporary style).
• Artistic interpretation, expression and musicianship.
• Choice of repertoire, difficulty level.
• Stage presentation, costume, attitude.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE 40 points (1 – 10)
• Performance technique, intonation (n/a for piano), quality of tone and virtuosity.
• Artistic interpretation, expression and character, musicianship.
• Choice of repertoire and difficulty level.
• Stage presentation, attitude.

VISUAL ARTS: Performance in Fine Art, photography, short documentary film.  40 points (1-10)

• Compelling idea. Script. Creativity/ originality, Composition, Communication and emotional impact, Design principles/Technique (craftsmanship)
• Concept, originality, artistic quality, composition, construction, use of light, expressiveness, costumes, makeup and hairstyle. 

FRINGE THEATRE, MUSICAL THEATRE, ONE MAN SHOW 40 points (1 – 10)
Small forms, mono theatrical plays.
• Performance mastership – development of the theme, quality of artistic interpretation.
• Culture of performance – technique, articulation, movement, stage presentation.
• Scenery, stage decorations, costumes.

• £2000 - Grand Prix. (500 GBP per each category)
• I place – Golden trophy and Diploma.
• II place – Silver trophy and Diploma.
• III place – Bronze trophy and Diploma. 

• 100 GBP - A special prize for the best performance/choreography on music by the 20th century Russian composer dedicated to the War theme.

• Concert prizes (performances throughout the year) are awarded to the Grand Prix winner and laureates of the 1st and 2nd places. 

• STAR PRIZES 

    - Special Diploma for the best dance/vocal number or choreography / costume / stage          presence.
    - Special Diploma for the best artistic work and the best photography                                    - Special Diploma for the best short film script.

• A “Young Future Talent of Stars of the Albion” Diploma for the youngest contestant.
• Diploma of appreciation to teachers and directors.

1. All works must be performed from the memory except the ensemble category.
2. The competitors (except pianists) may bring their own accompanists, and, if so, must mention it in the application form. Alternatively, the Org. Committee can provide accompanists.
3. Participants are allowed to participate in several nominations.
4. Selected participants will receive awards in accordance with all listed nominations and age categories.
5. The adjudicators reserve the right not to award 1-3 prizes to competitors if they consider that the level of participants is not suitable for awarding the prize.
6. The selected participants, winners of the contest will be invited to perform at the final Gala concert.
7. The Adjudicators’ decision is final.
Technical requirements:
1. Participants must provide a quality backing track on USB flash drive or live accompaniment. It is required to send all backing tracks at least 2 weeks prior to the competition to starsofthealbion@gmail.com.
2. Every recording should be presented on a separate bearer with the indication of the piece title, name of the lyricist, composer as well as the name of the contestant or a group of contestants and duration of the piece.
3. It is not acceptable for singers to perform with the pre-recorded singing backing track.
4. The representatives of each country provide also a national flag (105 – 70 cm).
Based on the marks scored, each participant will be awarded diplomas & prizes.

Registration fee*: Registration fee is non-refundable.

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
* £100 - registration fee per person (solo category), £50 per person (a group of 2 – 4 people), £30 per person (a group of 5 and more people)
* £25 - ticket to the final Gala concert and awards ceremony                                                 * £15 - additional nomination
* £tbc as requested by participant – video recording of gala show
* £70 - photographs
* £40 - rehearsal with the staff accompanist (30 minutes)
* Accommodation in the 3* (from £410 for 4 nights), in 4* (additional fee of £20 per night). Accommodation includes a continental breakfast.
* Transfers from/to the airport - from £75 per single trip
Free of charge rehearsal studio**
Special package: £550 for 4 nights (including registration fee, accommodation in the 4* hotel with continental breakfast, half day excursion in Central London.

Early bird discount (to be paid by 15 October 2019) 500GBP
After this date the price of the special package will increase to 550GBP.

It's not compulsory to purchase the whole package offer from the organisers however it will be advisable to avoid extra costs incurred by the participant. 

As per request of the participant we can organize transfer to and from the hotel to the airport/ train station and an individual program of your stay in London.
Travel expenses to / from UK and travel insurance are the sole responsibility of the participant.

NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
* £50 per person (solo category), £30 per person (2-4 people), £20 per person (5 and more people)
* £25 - ticket to the final Gala concert and awards ceremony                                                * £15 - additional nomination
* £tbc - video recording of gala show
* £70 - photographs
* £40 - rehearsal with the staff accompanist (30 minutes)
* Accommodation in the hotel

* Free of charge rehearsal studio**

Early bird discount - a 10% off the registration fee.
Additionally:
*Music/Dance/Drama Master Classes (£70.00 per person in category solo and £35.00 for members of ensembles or groups).

List of winners of the 2019
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Dear organisers,
I am writing to express our gratitude for organisation of All Britain Youth Festival-Contest of Performing Arts "Stars of the Albion".
Participation in your project was a wonderful experience for us. We are looking forward to our future co-operation and will be delighted to take part in any cultural events you may organise.

Yours sincerely
Viktoria
Matryoshki UK Team

The Stars Of The Albion Festival is a great opportunity for musicians, singers and dancers to show their talents in a real, vivid competition for the first place against other worthy competitors. It is also organised in the capital of England which gives the participants an opportunity to perform on a big stage for the talented youth of the world. A huge thank you to all the people that organised this great festival. It gave my son an opportunity to earn his first cash prize in a competition. The sum has pleasantly surprised us.

Marina (parent)

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