String Competitions

In 2024, the string competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church and include classes for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass as well as plucked strings such as Guitar, and related instruments.  They range from novice and Graded classes to Conservatoire level competitions.

We have added four new classes on Tuesday 12th March

– 2 classes for novices, a class for adults and  and a string duet class – see the updated syllabus for details.

We have changed the age groups for the the following classes – violin 317 & 318, viola 323 & 324 and cello 329 & 330 – see the updated syllabus for details.

For full details of the string competitions, please download the string syllabus (link to the right or below).


The closing dates for the D’Addario String Prize Competition, Viola Day, Double Bass Day, and Guitar Day is Friday 22 March.

The closing date for all other string classes is Friday 1 March 2024

Please click on the link below to apply. The first time that you use the new entry system, you will need to register.

How to Enter Apply online

Sponsorship and Prizes

The Festival would like to thank the following for their generous sponsorship of the Festival’s string competitions:

For a full list of our sponsors click here.

Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation Prizes

The Festival is very grateful to The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation who are donating a first prize of £200 and a second prize of £50 to two cellists who enter one of the Festival’s cello competitions on Monday 25 March 2024.

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.


We are pleased to share that Jaren Ziegler, who was a prize-winner in one of our String classes in 2021, was the winner of the BBC Young Musician Strings Final in 2022.  Read more about him at the Young Classical Artists Trust here.  He is also featured in the video for 2021 shown below.

To see videos from 2021, 2019 and 2018 competitions, click the ‘read more’ link below.

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