Elena Cobb Star Prize at the British & International Federation of Festivals

Elena Cobb Star Prize

In 2015 The British and International Federation of Festivals made an announcement that Elena Cobb Star Prize will be awarded in the three new categories during festivals. This innovative opportunity was designed to increase participation at the member festivals and since then, Elena Cobb was working with the Federation to help provide direct financial support to Festivals to include three new piano classes in their Syllabus.

NEWS! From 2017, The British Federation of Festivals, EVC Music, and ABRSM are joining forces and Elena Cobb Star Prize will include a wide selection of music by modern British composers published by Elena Cobb (EVC Music Publications Ltd) and feature Piano Star books 1-3 published by the ABRSM in the SOLO CLASS Beginners to Intermediate level: up to Prep Test level, Prep test level and Prep Test level to Grade 1 level. The duets from these books are included in the DUET & TRIOS CLASS for all levels.

NEWS! I am delighted to share the news that the first Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Concert will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5th, 2018. In addition, the programme will also include a showcase featuring new educational music released by leading British publishing companies and performed by talented young musicians.

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FOR THE PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE LIST, PREVIEW AND AUDIO, PLEASE SCROLL

 

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Elena Cobb composerHello
, my name is Elena Cobb and I am a classically trained pianist and teacher, I am also a composer, presenter, and publisher. As a corporate friend of the Federation and the founder of the Elena Cobb Star Prize (2015), I am delighted to offer you a new and exciting list of original music written by the living British composers. I am in no doubt that every tune on this list will become a hit and will find fans among students, parents, teachers, and festival organisers! My publishing company EVC Music Publications Ltd specialises in creating educational resources which aim to increase students enthusiasm and to inspire them to practise at home and to perform in concerts, festivals, and competitions.
 
In the beginning of my career, the first performers of my music were my students and together, we became frequent guests at the local festivals and the BBC Radio where the tunes from my bestselling book Higgledy Piggledy Jazz premiered to the world in 2010. TES (The Times Educational Supplement) recommended Higgedy Piggledy Jazz series to the teachers in 2011, and last year, one of my pieces, Arabia Étude-Tableau, was performed at Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall by young virtuoso pianists.
 
In 2016, several of my books were included in the examination Syllabus of the Conservatory Canada Contemporary Repertoire List and many compositions are regularly played as choice pieces in the exams in Australia and New Zealand and often performed at festivals and competitions in the United States and Europe.

 

Each participating Festival will receive funding

 One three-hour Adjudicator session to include at least the three Elena Cobb classes detailed below.

Three £50 cash prizes for the winner of each Elena Cobb class.

A high-quality Elena Cobb Star Prize badge and certificate for the winner of each class.

The funding will only be distributed to the Festival once the Federation has received confirmation that the Elena Cobb classes will take place and that a Federation Adjudicator has been booked for the full three-hour session.

New Classes

Duets & Trios: beginners to late intermediate level, Prep Test-Gr.6 ABRSM

 Solo Class: beginners to early intermediate level, Gr. 1-5 ABRSM

 Solo Class: intermediate to advanced level, Gr. 6-8 ABRSM

New Repertoire list

 New repertoire list offers a wider variety of music by Pam Wedgwood, Heather Hammond, Elena Cobb, Donald Thomson, Melanie Spanswick, Paul Birchall and Sam Wedgwood, published by EVC Music. Piano pieces range from traditional to Romantic, Classical, Celtic, Pop, Disco, Jazz, and Minimalist.

Download & Print

Click on the link to download the Elena Cobb Star Prize 2017 Repertoire List for Elena Cobb Star Prize 2017.

 Scroll down to see a complete list of repertoire with audio and links to the books with page previews.

To Apply 

To apply, or if you require any additional information, please contact Jazmine jazmine@federationoffestivals.org.uk at Festivals House as soon as possible as funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Repertoire & Orders

 For any questions regarding the repertoire, please email team@elenacobb.com, or phone 01889 271 554.

 A discount code, only for orders at elenacobb.com, is available from the Festival House.

 All books (hard copies only) can also be ordered from the music store near you, ask at the counter.

We deliver Internationally.

 

1. DUETS & TRIOS CLASS

Beginners To Late Intermediate Levels, Up to Prep Test-Gr.5 ABRSM

Elena Cobb Star Prize DUETS from Piano Star 1, by ABRSM
(NB: below is a selection but all duets can be considered for the performance)
Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea, Trad. English, arr. Nancy Litten, 33 sec
Secret Mission, by Andrew Eales, 28 sec
My Best Sandwich, by David Blackwell, 25 sec
LEVEL: up to Prep Test
TO ORDER this book> click on the book cover

 

Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea
 Secret Mission
 My Best Sandwich

 

Piano Star 2 ABRSM DUETS from Piano Star 2, by ABRSM
(NB: below is a selection but all duets can be considered for the performance)
The Music Box, by Mike Cornick, 21 sec
Fire Dance, by Andrew Eales, 41 sec
The Cat and the Mouse, by Aisling Greally, 29 sec
LEVEL: Prep Test
TO ORDER this book> Click on a book cover

 

The Music Box
Fire Dance
The Cat and the Mouse

 

Piano Star 3 ABRSM DUETS FROM Piano Star 3, by ABRSM
(NB: below is a selection but all duets can be considered for the performance)
Dance of the Pianists, by Alan Bullard, 36 sec
Morning Has Broken, Trad. Scottish, arr. David Blackwell, 37 sec
Lost in the Maze, Mark Tanner, 1 min 04 sec
LEVEL: Prep Test to Grade 1
TO ORDER this book> click on a book cover

 

Dance of the Pianists
Morning Has Broken
Lost in the Maze

 

My Piano Trip To London by Elena Cobb My Piano Trip To London, book 1, by Elena Cobb
DUETS: any piece
LEVEL: complete beginner with teacher or an older student (Gr. 1-3 ABRSM)
STYLE: Jazz and traditional
TIMES: displayed near each title
PREVIEW: click on the cover to see sample pages

List of pieces to select from:

1. London Calling 20 sec, SCROLL to watch video
2. Royal Guard, 20 sec
 3. TV Station BBC, 20 sec
 4. Bird’s View From The London Eye, 40 sec, SCROLL to watch a video
5. Spooky Tower 25, sec
6. Cats & Dogs 25 sec, SCROLL to watch a video
 7. Swinging Ben, 40 sec
 8. Tea At Five, Sharp! 35 sec
9. Double Decker Bass, 40 sec
10. Morning at St Paul’s, SCROLL to watch a video
11. Great Detective, 35 sec
12. Gravity, 25 sec
13 Take The Tuba, 40 sec
14. Jingle Bells In London, 30 sec
15. Hey, Dude! 1 min 10 sec
16. American In London (solo), 45 sec
17. Pirate Song (solo), 45 sec

 

My Piano Trip To London 2 by Elena Cobb My Piano Trip To London, book 2, by Elena Cobb
TRIOS: any piece
FORMAT: hard copy
LEVEL: beginners at various levels, (Prep Test-Gr.3) one can be a teacher
STYLE: Classical, Jazz and traditional
TIMES: displayed near each title
PREVIEW: click on the cover to see sample pages

List of pieces to select from:

1. Boom, Said Guy Fawkes! Boogie-woogie, 1 min
2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Tchaikovsky arr. by E. Cobb, 1 min
3. Tea For Three, Waltz, 1 min
4. Sitting On A Lily Pad, Classical, 1 min
5. Rule, Britannia! T. Arne, arr. Elena Cobb, 2 min
6. Sailor’s Hornpipe, trad. arr. Elena Cobb, 2 min

 

 

Snapchats Piano Duets by Melanie Spanswick Snapchats, by Melanie Spanswick
DUETS: any piece
FORMAT: hard copy
LEVEL: Gr. 1-3 ABRSM, usually of a similar level
STYLE: Minimalist
TIME: displayed near each title
PREVIEW: please click on the cover to see sample pages
VIDEOS: click here to watch all videos for pieces in the book

List of pieces to select from:

  1. Sutra, 1 min 10 sec
  2. Date In Mind, 1 min
  3. Light, 30 sec
  4. Samsara, 30 sec
  5. Floating, 45 sec
  6. Misty Rain,45 sec, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  7. Black Square, 45sec
  8. Andante, 40 sec
  9. Hopscotch, 30 sec, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  10. Quick Chat, 35 sec
  11. Shanti Shanti, 35 sec

 

Pam & Olly Wedgwood At The Drop Of A Hat showstopper piano duet At The Drop Of A Hat by Pam and Olly Wedgwood
DUET: one can be a teacher
FORMAT: hard copy
LEVEL: Gr. 4-5 ABRSM
STYLE: Boogie-woogie
TIME: 2 min 30 sec
VIDEO: please scroll to watch
PREVIEW: click on the cover to see sample pages

 

The Wheels Of Time Piano Duet By Heather Hammond The Wheels Of Time, by Heather Hammond
DUET: one can be a teacher
FORMAT: hard copy
LEVEL: Gr. 5-6 ABRSM
STYLE: Pop
TIME: 2 min 30 sec
VIDEO: please scroll to watch
PREVIEW: click on the cover to see sample pages

 

Mrs Van Der Blond piano duet by Elena Cobb Mrs Van Der Blond, by Elena Cobb
DUET: one can be a teacher
FORMAT: digital download PDF with watermark licence. When using digital download both performers should have a copy.
LEVEL: Gr. 5 ABRSM
STYLE: Boogie-Woogie
TIME: 2 min 30 sec
VIDEO: please scroll to watch
PREVIEW: please click on the cover to see sample pages

 

2. SOLO CLASS
Beginners To Early Intermediate Levels, Gr. 1-5 ABRSM

UP TO PREP TEST LEVEL TO GRADE 1 LEVEL ABRSM

Piano Star ABRSM

 

 

 

 

 

Piano Star 1, by ABRSM (NB: below is a selection but all solo pieces can also be considered for the performance)

1. Ice on the Pond, by Jane Sebba, 28 sec
 2. Top-Down Tortoise, by Alasdair Spratt, 28 sec
 3. The Path, arr. Nancy Litten, 28 sec

Piano Star 2, byABRSM (NB: below is a selection but all solo pieces can also be considered for the performance)

1. The Midnight Owl, by Edmund Jolliffe, 38 sec
 2. Wonkey Donkey, by Mark Tanner, 30 sec
 3. John Ryan’s Polka, Trad. Irish, arr. David Blackwell, 28 sec

Piano Star 3, by ABRSM (NB: below is a selection but all solo pieces can also be considered for the performance)

1. Halloween Dance, by Mike Cornick, 35 sec
 2. Cherry Blossom, by David Blackwell, 36 sec
 3. Pirates Coming! by Edmund Jolliffe, 45 sec

GRADE 1 ABRSM level

  1. Super Duck from Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Jazz, 1 min 20 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Witch Cackle from Piano Magic, by Melanie Spanswick, hard copy, Classical, 45 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  3. Space Train from Piano Aliens by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Disco, 45 sec, PREVIEW BOOK

GRADE 2 ABRSM level

  1. I Ate All The Choc’late from Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Jazz, 1 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Milky Way from Piano Aliens, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Romantic, 40 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. Fairy Dust, from Piano Magic, by Melanie Spanswick, hard copy, Minimalist, 35 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO

GRADE 3 ABRSM level

  1. Polka Butterfly, from Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Jazz, 1 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Imminent Danger, from Grooves From Piano Dudes, by Heather Hammond, hard copy, Pop. 40 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. Time To Catch A Train, from Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Jazz, 1 min 25 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO

GRADE 4 ABRSM level

  1. Flamenco Fiesta, from Piano Ole! by Heather Hammond, hard copy, Classical. 1 min 30 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. House Beat, by Paul Birchall, digital download, Pop, 2 min 50 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. When Tides Change, from Ballads Without Words, vol.1, by Heather Hammond, hard copy, Pop, 1 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO

GRADE 5 ABRSM level

  1. Waltz On The Sunken Ship, from Piano Waves, by Melanie Spanswick, hard copy, Romantic. 2 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Sunday, from Daily Expressions book 2, by Paul Birchall, hard copy, Minimalist, 1 min 25 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. Heriot Water, from A Borders Suite, by Donald Thomson, hard copy, Celtic, 2 min 15 sec PREVIEW BOOK


3. SOLO CLASS

Late Intermediate To Advanced Levels, Gr. 6-8 ABRSM

GRADE 6 ABRSM level

  1. Lavender Haze, from Piano Recital Solos, by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Romantic, 2 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Good Mood Boogie from Grooves For Piano Dudes, by Heather Hammond, hard copy, Jazz, 1 min 10 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. The Silvery Tay, by Donald Thomson, digital download, Celtic inspired, PREVIEW BOOK

GRADE 7 ABRSM level

  1. Grey Mare’s Tail, from A Borders Suite, by Donald Thomson, hard copy, Celtic inspired, 2 min, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Digression, by Melanie Spanswick, from Digressions, hard copy, Minimalist, 1 min 25 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  3. Mirrors, by Sam Wedgwood, from Sam Wedgwood Project, digital download, Pop Ballad, PREVIEW BOOK

GRADE 8 ABRSM level

  1. Arabia Étude-Tableau by Elena Cobb, hard copy, Romantic, 3 min 20 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  2. Peacock Grande Valse, by Elena Cobb, digital download, hard copy released soon, Romantic, 1 min 40 sec, PREVIEW BOOK
  3. Russian Bells Étude-Tableau, by Elena Cobb, digital, Romantic, 1 min 50 sec, PREVIEW BOOK, SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO
  4. Penguins, by Andrew Higgins, hard copy and digital, 2 min, PREVIEW BOOK

 

WATCH VIDEOS

 Graded selection of video recordings.

 Please note that only several examples for each grade were included.

 Visit my YouTube channel to view more.

1. DUETS & TRIOS CLASS Beginners To Late Intermediate Level

London Calling, from My Piano Trip To London, complete beginners Cats & Dogs, from My Piano Trip To London, complete beginners
 Bird’s View from The London Eye, My Piano Trip To London, elementary  Morning At St Paul’s, From My Piano Trip To London, elementary
Morning Prayer, from My Piano Trip To London Trios, various beginners  Misty Rain, from Snapchats, Grade 2 ABRSM
 Hopscotch, from Snapchats, Grade 2 ABRSM At The Drop Of A Hat, Grades 4-5 ABRSM
The Wheels Of Time, Grades 5-6 ABRSM Mrs Van Der Blond, Grades 5-6 ABRSM

2. SOLO CLASS Beginners To Early Intermediate

Super Duck, Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, Grade 1 ABRSM Witch Cackle, Piano Magic, Grade 1 ABRSM
I Ate All The Choc’late, Higgledy Pigledy Jazz, Grade 2 ABRSM Fairy Dust, Piano Magic, Grade 2 ABRSM
 Polka Butterfly, Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, Grade 3 ABRSM  Time To Catch A Train, Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, Grade 3 ABRSM
 When Tides Change, Ballads Without Words, Grade 4  Flamenco Fiesta, from Piano Oé! Grade 4 ABRSM
 Waltz On A Sunken Shop, From Piano Waves, Grade 5 ABRSM  Heriot Water, From A Borders Suite, Grade 6

 3. SOLO CLASS Intermediate to Advanced

Lavender Haze, from Piano Recital Solos, Grade 6 ABRSM The Silvery Tay, Grade 6 ABRSM
Grey Mare’s Tail, from A Borders Suite, Grade 7 ABRSM Digression, From Digressions, Grade 7 ABRSM
Arabia Étude-Tableau, Grade 8 ABRSM  Russian Bells Étude-Tableau, Grade 8 ABRSM
Peacock Grande Valse Grade 7 ABRSM

2017

Berkshire Musical Festival, January 2017
The Hatfield and District Music Festival, February, March 2017
Cornwall Music Festival, March 2017
Don Valley Festival
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Hazel Grow, February, March 2017
Perform in Perth, March 2017
Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival, March 2017
Perform in Dumfries,  March 2017
Oundle Festival of Music and Drama, April 2017
Blackburn Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, April, May, June 2017
Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts, May, October, November 2017

Please visit the British and International Federation of Festivals website click