The string competitions in 2024 will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG on the following dates:
Tuesday 12 March, starting at 3:30pm — Graded String Competitions — Entrants should play one piece only from the ABRSM’s 2020-2023 Bowed Strings Syllabus for the appropriate instrument and grade — Adjudicator: tbc
Tuesday 19 March, starting at 3:30pm — Violin Day 1 – classes 312, 313, 314 and 315, sponsored by D’Addario Orchestral — Adjudicator: tbc
Friday 22 March, starting at 4:30pm — String Concerto and Recital Competitions, sponsored by Bridgewood and Neitzert — Adjudicator: tbc
Sunday 24 March, starting at 3pm — Premier Challenge String Prize Competition — Adjudicator: tbc
Monday 25 March, starting at 4:30pm — Cello Day, sponsored by Stringers of London — Adjudicator: tbc
The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation Prize will be awarded to one of the cellists who enters these classes
Tuesday 26 March, starting at 3:30pm — Violin Day 2 – classes 310, 311, 316, 317 and 318, sponsored by D’Addario Orchestral — Adjudicator: tbc
Tuesday 23 April, starting at 10:00am — D’Addario String Prize Competition — Adjudicator: tbc
Thursday 2 May, starting at 2.00pm — Double Bass Day, sponsored by Thwaites Fine Stringed Instruments — Adjudicator: tbc
Friday 3 May starting at 4:30 pm — Viola Day, sponsored by Bishop Instruments & Bows — Adjudicator: tbc
For full details of the string competitions, please download the string syllabus – 2023 String Syllabus
String Competition Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to all the Festival’s string competitions, which should be entered online using the button below.
The closing date for all string classes except the D’Addario String Prize competition is tbc.
The closing date for the D’Addario String Prize competition is tbc
For each entry, age is the age on 1st September before the date of the class 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.
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 Administrator before entering.
ENTERING A CLASS
Please click on the link below to apply. The first time that you use the new entry system, you will need to register.
Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation Prize
The Festival is very grateful to The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation who are donating a single prize of £250 to a cellist who enters one of the Festival’s cello competitions on Monday 25 March.
Susanne entered many of her pupils for the Festival and we are pleased that we can collaborate with the Foundation to provide performance opportunities and to assist talented cellists.
The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation offers fine cello loans, performance opportunities and assistance with tuition costs to talented cellists ages 7-26. Established in memory of Susanne Beer – founder of the Cello Corner teaching studio and, for nearly 20 years, co-principal cellist of the LPO – the Foundation endeavours to preserve her memory and spirit by helping young musicians to achieve excellence in performance. www.
Sponsorship and Prizes
The Festival would like to thank D’Addario Orchestral, Bishop Instruments & Bows, Stringers of London, Thwaites Fine Stringed Instruments, and Bridgewood & Neitzert for their generous sponsorship of the Festival’s string competitions.
To see videos from 2021, 2019 and 2018 competitions, click the ‘read more’ link below.Read more
2021 online competition – extracts from prize-winning performances:
2021, 2019 and 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competitions
Extracts from performances recorded for the 2021 online competition:
The video below shows performances from the 2019 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Hilary Sturt, and Markus Lawrenson from D’Addario.
The video below shows performances from the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Diana Cummings, and Markus Lawrenson.
Sponsors of String Classes:
As well as sponsoring our premier string competition, D’Addario Orchestral awards prizes on our Violin Days.
Bridgewood and Neitzert sponsor string prizes.
Bishop instruments & bows awards prizes on our Viola Day.
Stringers awards prize vouchers to prize winners on our Cello Day.
Thwaites Fine String Instruments awards prize vouchers to prize winners on our Double Bass players.