This section will be running live in 2022 in Free Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb
The following guidelines apply to all the Festival’s chamber music, ensemble, and folk music competitions, unless otherwise noted.
These competitions should be entered online via the Festival’s website.
Enter online via the Festival’s website,.The Closing Date is Monday 28 February
For each entry depending on age, age is the age on 1st September 2021 so that all the entrants in a class are in the same school year.
Entrants are reminded to introduce themselves and the piece(s) they are playing and to wear dress appropriate for a performance.
Except for folk music and world music, entrants must provide the Adjudicator with a clean copy of the music for each work to be performed.
Pieces may not be repeated in different competitions.
If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the year prior to the Festival or is well-known to the Adjudicator, they should contact the Section Head before entering.
Download the section syllabus 2022 Syllabus – Chamber Music & Ensembles updated 23rd February 2022
Chamber Music Competitions – 2 pm, Saturday 19 March
Adjudicator: Sophie Lockett
These competitions are for small groups of up to ten players. (Larger groups should enter one of the Large Instrumental Ensemble classes on Saturday 30 April.) Chamber music groups may consist of any combination of instruments, including strings, wind, brass, and piano.
- Classes 500 to 502 are for Chamber Ensembles with 8 or fewer players, one per part, no conductor
- Classes 503 to 506 are for Duets,Trios or Quartets – one or more movements from a work with one player per part, no conductor
- Classes 507 to 510 are for Chamber Ensembles with 5 or more players, with one or more per part. One or two pieces. Only these classes may include an adult piano accompanist and/or conductor.
A £50 voucher from Stringers of London will be awarded to each player in the most outstanding string ensemble of up to eight players.
A £50 cash prize, donated by Hilary Sturt, will be awarded to the viola player who makes the most outstanding contribution to their group’s performance.
A £50 cash prize, in memory of David Angel, will be awarded to the second violinist who makes the most outstanding contribution to their group’s performance.
Large Instrumental Ensembles, Orchestras, Folk Music, World Music etc. – 2 pm, Saturday 30 April
Adjudicator: Robert Pepper
Large Instrumental Ensembles and Orchestras
There can be any combination of instruments and the group may include an adult piano accompanist and/or a conductor. Two or more pieces should be played.
- Class 511 – Any age and up to 50 players. Time limit 15 minutes. This is non-competitive and to celebrate music making. All participants will receive a North London Festival medal.
- Classes 512 and 513 are for orchestras and large ensembles of up to 30 players. A shield may be awarded to the highest marked ensemble from either these classes or the Folk Music class 515.
- The maximum number of players is 50 for 511 and 30 for 512 and 513. If you wish to enter a larger group than these limits, please first contact the section head.
Folk Music, World Music etc.
- Class 514 – Any age. A solo performance of one or more pieces of folk music or world music. Time limit 8 minutes.
- Class 515 – Any age. A performance by a group of up to six players of one or more pieces of folk music. Any combination of instruments. Time limit 15 minutes.
Unusual Instruments Class 516
Any age. A solo performance of one or more pieces on an instrument not able to enter any other Festival competition, such as an accordion or guitar. The music chosen should not be folk or world music. Time limit 8 minutes.