Haslemere String Competition

Patrons Mr and Mrs GB Burnett, Mr Simon Dear

Sponsorship from Bishop Instruments and Strings, and anonymous donors

The Haslemere String Competition offers talented young players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. Our judges have all been chosen not only for their extensive experience but also for their ability to offer young players positive, constructive insight and encouragement.

Next Competition – 2019

For 11-19  year olds of Grade 8 standard or above who live in the South West or the South East of England. Devon, Somerset, Avon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, London, Surrey, East and West Sussex and Essex,

The first prize is £800 and the winner will play a concerto with The Waverley Ensemble at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.

Second prize is  £350

The Competition:
First Round for students who live in the South West is on March 17th 2019 at Bristol Music Club.

First Round for the South East is on March 24th 2019 at Hasleway in Haslemere,

First Round, applicants should perform contrasting repertoire for 15 minutes. Please bring a copy of the music for the judges.

Finalist will also be invited to perform chamber music in a “side by side” concert with members of the Waverley Ensemble. Performing chamber music with professional musicians, gives students a wonderful opportunity to develop there playing, and they will grow as musicians.

 Final Round | May 16 2019 at St Christopher’s Church as part of The Haslemere Festival
Each finalist should perform the first movement of a concerto with piano.
All rounds are open to the public.

The Judges:
Ishani Bhoola (Chairman), Levine Andrade, William Bruce and Nic Pendelbury

Competition Criteria:
1. Entrants must be aged between 11 and 19 years old, determined on the start date of the competition (so minimum 11 years old and maximum 19 years old on March 17 2019)
2. Competitors should provide either evidence of award of Grade 8 (or equivalent standard qualification) or a performance tape demonstrating a suitable level of proficiency if no formal grades have been taken.

To ENTER please complete the ENTRY FORM

Closing date for entries will be Jan 1st 2019.  Entry fee is £75

2017 Competition

The winners of the 2017 Competition were:

  • Ketan Curtis Double Bass
  • Alinka Rowe Viola, who performed with the Waverley Ensemble on 10 March 2018 at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.
  • 2nd prize to Will Duerden, double bass

Other finalists of the Haslemere String Competition will be performing a side by side chamber music concert on Saturday May 26 2018 at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.