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.

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

2019 Competition details

First Round for students who live in the South West
17 March 17 2019, 11-00 am to 1-00pm
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP
Six students are performing,
Judges are Ishani Bhoola and Richard Crabtree

First Round for the South East
24 March 2019 , 10-30am to 6-00pm
Hasleway in Haslemere GU27 1LD
Sixteen students are performing.
Judges Ishani Bhoola and Simon Blendis

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

Final Round
16 May 16 2019
St Christopher’s Church, Halsemere, GU27 1DD 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 and attendance is FREE.

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.