I think katyjay's point is that anyone who can put together a diploma recital can sort themselves out a recital, and therefore aren't in need of a showcase for the talents.
And also that they are not lacking in confidence as performers and so not really in need of the support and encouragement that these events are trying to give.
I feel a bit like I'm sinking in a sea of rules and regulations here.
I really don't want to start having an endless list of rules, if for no other reason then because I'd just get drowned out by all these highly educated people...
I am not trying to alienate people or get into arguaments. (sp?)
What I'm trying to do as organiser is to provide a venue and do the organisation to allow people to get together to meet other adults who are learning and to perform and enjoy their playing in a 'safe' environment.
As I see it the Adult Learners Concert is for the support and encouragement of those adult learners who..
1) Don't get so many performance opportunities. (and might think more than twice before performing anyway).
2) (This one is pretty important) Are not confident about playing to an audience.
3) Would like to meet other adult learners and play to a small, non judgemental group of people.
It is also open to local adult learners who are not forum members.
I decided on 21 as the lower age lmit because this is the lower age limit to be eligible for the choice of performance assessment instead of exam (apart from special needs).
This is not even trying to be an exhaustive list.
Please can you also remember that this is only the second year for these concerts so it is not totally unexpected that adjustments will be made in the way they work as experience builds.
Sorry if this is a bit rambling I'm trying to get down a little of what is in my head and am not sure if it is coming out too clearly.
If it's a concert where priority is given to non-diploma level people, the line could be that priority is given to those who haven't yet passed grade 8;
If it's a concert where priority is given to diploma level people, the line could be that priority is given to those who have diplomas or have passed grade 8 and are performing works they intend to perform in a diploma examination.
Where in this do people like me fit? I passed grade 8 yet am about as far from Diploma level as grade1 is from grade 8 I think.
YAP.... you can go on the reserve list and if there is room on the programme you can play.