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
First round in Bristol on Sunday March 7th 2021
First round at Chamberlians in Halsmere Sunday March 14th 2021
For the first round entrants are requested to perform for 15 min music of contrasting styles and period.
Applications will open on 1 September and remain open until 30 November.
The first prize is £1,00 and the winner will play a concerto with The Waverley Ensemble at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere. The Second prize is (to be decided). All finalists receive masterclass opportunities, concerts and side by side chamber music with professionals.
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
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/)
Jude Chandler – double bass
Playing Dittersdorf’s Double Bass Concerto Movement 1
Briona Mannion – violin
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
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.