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Solo Competition - Sadie Award

Winners of CGSV's Sadie Bishop Award:

2016: No Competition Held - No Award Given

2015: Ciaran Edwards-McKeown

2014: Campbell Diamond

2012: Michael MacManus

2011: Carney Tan

2010: no prize awarded

2009: Bach Pham

2008: Daniel Nistico

2007: Peter Boyd

2015 Sadie Award

CGSV's 2015 Sadie Award was awarded to the winner of the Melbourne Guitar Foundation's 2015 Solo Competition. CGSV will also provide the cash prize of $1000 to the winner. See www.melbourneguitarfoundation.com/competition.

The 2015 Sadie Award went to Ciaran Edwards-McKeown for his wonderfully precise and musical playing. In particular his interpretations of the Scarlatti Sonata K208 and the Castlenuovo-Tedesco Tarantella were brilliant.

2014 Solo Competition

The CGSV 2014 solo guitar competition "Sadie Award" will be held on Saturday 25th October 2014, 9am to 6pm at St Bart's Anglican Parish, 290 Burnley Street, Richmond, 3121.

The competition is open to CGSV members and others of all standards, as we have the following entry categories:
A. open
B. grades 7 and 8
C. grades 5 and 6
D. grades 3 and 4
E. grades 1 and 2

Adjudicators: Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan. Performance will be judged along the lines of a music practical examination, taking into account factors such as accuracy, tempo, phrasing, interpretation, dynamics and etiquette.

Entry fee:
- $20 for CGSV members
- $40 for non-members
To pay by bank transfer, email info@cgsv.org.au with "competition payment" in the subject line.

Rules:
- An entry form - 2014 Solo Competition Entry - must be fully completed and submitted and all fees paid by 14/9/2014.
- CGSV can decline an entry or request a change in piece selection prior to acceptance.
- Entry fees will be refunded if a competitor is declined.
- Each entrant can enter at only one level.
- There is no age restriction: a mature player can enter in category A, or a young player can enter in category E.
- The acceptance of an entrant into any category for the purposes of awarding prizes is at the discretion of CGSV and/or the judges on competition day.
- The judges' decisions in all competition matters is final and not negotiable.
- A relationship with an adjudicator, eg teacher-student, will not preclude entry. Please declare any relationship on the day for transparency.
- Competitors must perform new pieces each time they enter, eg if you played piece X last year or the year before, you must play a different piece this year.
- Entrants can perform from memory or from sheet music, but must provide sheet music for the judge(s) to review during performance.
- A previous winner of a category prize A to E cannot compete in the same category again.

A competitor can enter in any category, regardless of age or formal qualifications. For example, a mature member who achieved grade 8 in 1990 might decide to compete in category C to reflect current capabilities. Likewise, a young student studying at VCASS might compete in category A. Your chosen level should match your skill level, and should be discussed with your teacher (if applicable).

Competitors must play two pieces - one "own choice" and one set piece from the list below. in category A competitors can: play more than than two pieces, but must not exceed the time limit; substitute other Australian pieces of a similar standard for their set piece.

The total performance times cannot exceed 15 minutes for category A, 8 minutes for categories B and C, 5 minutes for categories D and E. Set pieces are Australian works selected predominantly from exam syllabuses, such as AMEB and VCA. Set pieces can be purchased (at a discount for CGSV members) via Hans Music Spot. The "own choice" piece should be at a comparable level to the set piece (discuss with your teacher if in doubt), and can be from the set piece list.

The number of competitors in each category is limited. If a category is over-subscribed then CGSV can, at its discretion, decline further entries in that section or organize a pre-competition day audition process, eg by asking competitors to submit a visual or audio recording of their playing. Auditions will be considered part of the competition, and entry fees will not be refunded for entrants who are eliminated in this process.

PRIZES:
To be determined, but will include:
- a door prize selected randomly from all attendees on the day
- CGSV items such as t-shirts, memberships, event tickets
- prizes from sponsors and other donors, such as Guitars Online, Hans Music Spot and the Richmond Music Academy.
- cash

Best Interpretation of an Australian work: $500 cash.

Vice President's Award: $250 from Paul Nash for whatever inspires him on the day.
Set Works:

Category A: 'OPEN Section'. Any Australian piece of AMus/LMus standard or above; the following are all acceptable:
- CHARLTON, R. arr. VELLA. Threnody for Chernobyl (Australian guitar solos - Currency Press)
- CHARLTON, R. The machine stops (Soliloquies and sonatas)
- CHARLTON, R. Kingfisher Dances - any one
- CHARLTON, R. Turlough's ghosts from Fantasies, fairies and folktales
- CHARLTON, R. A Short Walk in a Rainforest
- CHARLTON, R. Impressions from the Dreamtime
- EDWARDS, R. Any movement from 'Guitar Dances' or 'Black Wattle Caprices'
- GREENBAUM, S. Rushall express
- HOUGHTON, P. Stele - any movement
- HOUGHTON, P. Ophelia...a haunted sonata (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The goldfish suite
- HOUGHTON, P. God of the Northern Forest
- KOEHNE, G. A Closed World of Fine Feelings and Grand Design
- MURRAY, K. Moruya No 2 from Three pieces for guitar
- MURRAY, K. Wave No 3 from Three pieces for guitar
- MURRAY, K. Morning bells
- MURRAY, K. Bash
- MURRAY, K. Freya No 1 from Three pieces for guitar
- SCULTHORPE, P. From Kakadu any movement
- VRIES, D. de. Hummingbird

Category B: Grades 7 & 8, one of:
- CHARLTON, R. Valse No 1 from Valses mélodiques
- CHARLTON, R. Valse No 4 from Valses mélodiques
- CHARLTON, R. The black cockatoo
- CHARLTON, R. Tango in the dark 2nd movment from Suite latina
- CHARLTON, R. Impressions from the Dreamtime - any movement
- CHARLTON, R. Valse by moonlight 4th movement from Suite latina
- CHARLTON, R. Lullaby No 3 from Soliloquy
- HOUGHTON, P. The old Spanish castle No 1 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Werewolf No 5 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. They, of the half-light No 8 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Headhunter No 9 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Fantasia, 'As a Jade Unicorn Might in the Rain' from 6 Short Solos
- HOUGHTON, P. The Ancients from 6 Short Solos
- HOUGHTON, P. Rook No 5 from Scacchi (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The ancients No 5 from 6 short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Fantasia No 6 from 6 short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Rain (The Verdery guitar series Volume 1 - Frederick Harris)
- KATS-CHERNIN, E. Purple patch (Australian guitar miniatures - Red House Editions)
- MURRAY, K. Lucky Strike
- VRIES, D. de. Calmer waters

Category C: Grades 5 & 6, one of:
- CHARLTON, R. The lady of the lake From AMEB Classical Guitar Fifth Grade Series 2
- CHARLTON, R. Aria nobilmente from Afterthoughts II
- CHARLTON, R. Tango in the rain From AMEB Classical Guitar Sixth Grade Series 2
- CHARLTON, R. Berceuse
- CHARLTON, R. The fable of the glass rocking horse (Afterthoughts II)
- CHARLTON, R. The lotus and the lyrebird (Afterthoughts II)
- CHARLTON, R. Fandango del fantasma (Afterthoughts II)
- CHARLTON, R. Valse No 2 from Valses mélodique
- CHARLTON, R. Berceuse (Modern times - Chanterelle)
- CHARLTON, R. Cakewalk (Modern times - Chanterelle)
- GREENBAUM, S. Into the forest No 4 from Five tales of human endeavour
- GREENBAUM, S. The thin blue line No 5 from Five tales of human endeavour
- GREENBAUM, S. The yellow canary No 1 from Five tales of human endeavour
- GREENBAUM, S. Light, sweet crude No 3 from Five tales of human endeavour
- GREENBAUM, S. Eleven months at sea No 2 from Five tales of human endeavour
- HOUGHTON, P. Gates that hold King Kong No 3 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The stream No 2 from Six short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Juju No 4 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Spell No 6 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Zombie No 7 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The knight No 3 from Scacchi (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Deathless deep... she wanders as a mist
- HOUGHTON, P. Faerie No 10 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Romance No 2 from 5 exotic studies (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Aubade No 3 from 5 exotic studies (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Satyr dance No 7 from 7 short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Dompe & the Stream from 6 Short Solos - both to be played as one work
- HOUGHTON, P. Kinkachoo, I Love You
- HOUGHTON, P. Gates that hold King Kong No 3 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The stream No 2 from Six short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Juju No 4 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Spell No 6 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. Zombie No 7 from Gothica: Book of spooks and spectres (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The knight No 3 from Scacchi (Moonstone)
- MURRAY, K. Crosscurrents

Category D: Grades 3 & 4, one of:
- CHARLTON, R. Cantilena From AMEB Classical Guitar Third Grade Series 2
- CHARLTON, R. Allegro con brio No 1 from Five short pieces
- CHARLTON, R. Sarabande from Afterthoughts Collection
- CHARLTON, R. Reverie from Afterthoughts
- HOUGHTON, P. The sorrow... of the lady of the wood
- HOUGHTON, P. Black rose prelude From AMEB Classical Guitar Fourth Grade Series
- HOUGHTON, P. Trumpets No 4 from 7 short solos (Moonstone)
- HOUGHTON, P. The melting snowman (The Verdery guitar series Early-intermediate level - Frederick Harris)
- HOUGHTON, P. Maypole Jig from 7 Short Solos
- HOUGHTON, P. The Sorrow from 7 Short Solos
- MURRAY, K. Sunrise over sea From AMEB Classical Guitar Third Grade Series 2

Category E: Grades 1 & 2, one of:
- CHARLTON, R. No. 2 from Five Short Pieces
- CHARLTON, R. Con moto No 4 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Moderato No 5 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Alla waltz No 6 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Allegro No 7 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Andantino No 15 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Espressivo From AMEB Classical Guitar First Grade Series 2
- CHARLTON, R. Andantino From AMEB Classical Guitar Second Grade Series 2
- CHARLTON, R. Moderato e sostenuto No 9 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Moderato No 11 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Allegro No 12 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Andante espressivo No 13 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- CHARLTON, R. Moderato No 14 from Fifteen elementary studies for guitar
- HOUGHTON, P. Prelude No 1 from 7 Short Solos

Sheet music can be sourced from Hans Music Croydon or by e-mailing peter@hansmusicspot.com.au


2013 Solo Competition

The CGSV members' 2013 solo guitar competition was held onSaturday 2nd November 2013, 9am to 6pm at Wyselaskie Auditorium, Parkville.
Results:
Campbell Diamond - winner of the OPEN category
Stephanie Jones - 2nd place OPEN category
Callum Henshaw - Best performance of an Australian work
Andrew Blanch - Vice President's Award
Jessop Maticevski-Shumack - Winner of B category
Mark Donato - Honourable mention B category
Xavier Livingston - Winner of C category
Christian Ewings - Honourable mention C category
Thomas Nheu - Honourable mention C category
Joyee Koay - Winner of D category
Mahen Pathirana - Honourable mention D category
Finn Beckingsale- Honourable mention D category
Joel Koay - Winner of E category
Zong qi Liu - Honourable mention E category
Noel Ashby - Honourable mention E category

And $10,000 of prizes are available!! A HUGE THANK YOU to our 2013 competition sponsors. Without your generous support, we would not be able to run this great event!

HANS MUSIC SPOT, CROYDON 77-79 Main Street, Croydon, VIC 3136, www.hansmusic.com.au

THOMAS LLOYD GUITARS, MONTSALVAT 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham, VIC 3095, www.thomaslloydguitars.com.au

GUITARS ONLINE, guitarsonline.com.au

ANDREW GRAHAM, Myotherapist, Malvern,www.leapsandboundshealth.com.au

BRIDGETT ELLIOT, www.bridgetelliot.com

MICHAEL AVERY, Alexander Technique Specialist, www.richmondmusicacademy.com.au/teachers_michael.html

PAUL NASH, CGSV Vice President

FRETS 'N NOTES, 42 Cotham Road, Kew, fretsnnotes.com.au

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2012 Solo Competition Results

Adjudicator: Ben Dix

Category A "Sadie Award':
Michael MacManus, who played:
- Black Wattle Caprice #1, Ross Edwards
- Koyunbaba, Carlo Domeniconi
Category B:
Robin Gibson, who played:
- The Ancients, Phillip Houghton
- Vals Venezolano #3, Antonio Lauro

Category C:
Angie Watson, who played:
- Berceuse, Richard Charlton
- Concerto, Turlough O'Carolan

Category D:
Ari Melican, who played:
- The Sorrow, Phillip Houghton
- Folk Dance, Phillip Houghton

Category E:
Christian Ewings, who played:
- Prelude 1, Phillip Houghton
- Minuet, J. S. Bach
Etiquette Award:
Christian Ewings for attention to detail in setting up, poise while playing and introducing pieces.

Best Australian Composition Performance:
Ziggy Johnston, who played
-Dervish (from Stele), Phillip Houghton
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2011 Solo Competition Results
As we watched and listened, their precious sounds carried us into their sacred places and secrets; we reached infinite space and twilight glittered through the ancient glass.
Adjudicator: Dan McKay
Category E
Dan's remarks: Great performances, however it is time to start thinking about tone production and presentation. It is important to follow the rules of the competition, so one contestant was not eligible as they did not perform the set works.
One prize only - Will Armstrong
Category D
Dan's remarks: It is good to see that the students at this level are bowing and presenting themselves well and adjusting equipment before they start; tuning quietly, placement of sheet music if used, and facing the audience. The elements which discerned the first place was the tone production and full rounded tone.
1. Roger Wu 2. Ari Melican 3. Angie Watson
Category C
Dan's remarks: We will be hearing a lot from these performers in the future. I enjoyed every performance, where it was evident that they really got inside at least one piece: great sounds and textures. Make sure you acknowledge the audience more: smile, do not rush off, and create the illusion that you enjoyed it despite the nerves.
1. Jessop Maticevski-Schmack
2. equal Max Plitsch and Aife Pollard Larkin
3. Robin Gibson
Category B:
Dan's comments: This section was extra-ordinarily difficult to adjudicate. The performances were polished and well thought out. Jesse's interpretation of "The ancients" by Phillip Houghton was quite special and Mile's "Kondole and the corroboree" by Richard Charlton was full of beautiful moments. Don's performance was terrific.
1. Jesse Liang 2. Miles Johnston 3. Don Pham
Adjudicators: Dan McKay and Ken Murray
Open Section Category A: Sadie Bishop Award
Ken and Dan's remarks: Everyone had their great moments. There was a wide variety of repertoire with the old interpreted in a new way. We were moved by every performance.
Carny's performance was spectacular, well rounded and engaging.
1. Carney Tan - Fantasie Hongroise by Johann Kasper Mertz and Stele by Phillip Houghton
2. Olivia Hally - Short walk in the Rain Forest by Richard Charlton and Waltz 4 by Agustin Barrios
3. Dudi Shaul - Joaquín Rodrigo and Blackwater Caprice (1st movement) by Ross Edwards
Other awards:
Etiquette Award: Ari Melican for attention to detail in setting up etiquette and presentation.
Best Australian Composition Performance: Olivia Hally -Short walk in the Rain forest - Richard Charlton
President's Encouragement Award: Julia Bakowski for Bach's Allemande from the lute suite BWV 995
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