I entered this years' European Solo Competition. The testpiece for the first round out of four was "Pantomime" for my section, that I played really well (I thought) and so did a few people from the audience & fellow competitors. (There weren't all that many people there in the 1st round to be honest!) I was quite gob-smacked to find (without being big-headed) that I hadn't made it through to the 2nd round. It was a few days until I read the adjudication notes. It said hardly anything negative about how I played mentioning technical and musical strengths. However, several times it mentioned about the way I stood. Quotes like "you stand with poor posture" and "you look very tense". This seems to me the only thing they picked up on in a negative way in their adjudication. I have a very rare back/shoulder condition called "Sprengel's Shoulder". This can make me look stiff/tense even when I am not. So basically it seems from that, I was not put through because of the way I look. However, I am not entirely blaming the adjudicators for being rather ignorant. At the bottom of the adjudication sheet is states catagories for the judges to follow. Whether points come with these catagories is another thing. However the first catagory was "POSTURE" (with it being first on the list, makes it look as if it is the most important). Whether I would have gone through to the later stages is another thing but it would have been nice to be judged on solely my musical skills. My question is:- Is POSTURE such an important factor in judging a music contest? and If someone in a wheelchair entered the contest, would they be marked down for their "POSTURE"? I have emailed and written a letter to the EBBA complaining of this situation and I am still awaiting reply.