Haslemere String Competition

Patrons Mr and Mrs GB Burnett, Mr Simon Dear

Sponsorship from Bishop Instruments and Strings, and other 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.

For 11-19  year olds of Grade 8 standard or above who live in England

We regret that the 2021 Competition has been cancelled as a result of the Corona virus. The next competition is scheduled for 2023


Watch 10 minute excellent YouTube video about the Competition and hear young players say how much it helps them – click to watch

2019 Competition Results

Winner of the Haslemere String Competition 2019

Will Duerden – double bass

Winner & Judges


Playing Eduard Tubin’s Concerto for Double bass

(Eduard Tubin 1905-1982 was an Estonian composer – you can read more about him here: https://aviolinslife.org/eduard-tubin/)

Runner up

Jude Chandler – double bass

Playing Dittersdorf’s Double Bass Concerto Movement 1

Specially commended

Briona Mannion – violin

Finalists & Judges

The first rounds were held in Haslemere and Bristol and  the final was held on Thursday 16 May 16 2019 at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere, GU27 1DD as part of The Haslemere Festival

Other finalists:

Harry Scott-Burt – Cello
Alex Heather – Double Bass
Imaan Kashim – Violin
Hannah McFarlane – Cello
Rachel Stonham – Violin

The Judges:
Ishani Bhoola (Chairman), Richard Crabtree, and Simon Blendis

Previous 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 performed a side by side chamber music concert on Saturday May 26 2018 at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.