2020 Competition - Applications Are Now Open!
We are pleased to announced that applications for the 2020 competition are now open. Please click here for the rules, syllabus and online entry form.
Concerto performance opportunity for the three finalists at Symphony Hall, Birmingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
£4,000 1st Prize
£3,000 2nd Prize
£2,000 3rd Prize
£750 4th Prize
£250 Audience Prize
£250 each semi final prizes (supported by Waldrons)
Somm Debut CD Recording
(to be offered at the discretion of Siva Oke)
The preliminary round and semi-finals will be held at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on 21st and 22nd November 2020. The final will be held at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on 6th February 2021 thanks to the generous support of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. See Events for more details.
Although the first rounds have traditionally been held in Dudley the committee feel that there are many advantages to moving them to Birmingham. Updates on the application process and dates for applying etc will be posted here in due course. Please don't hesitate to contact Steve Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
Donations - Please Help!
A big thank you to all of those who made donations via John Humphreys' Facebook page. So far £1242.68 has been donated. We are really grateful and the money will be used to fund the 2020 competition. We hope to increase all prizes to higher figures than those for the 2017 competition. Although we have been pledged funding from generous sponsors we still need funds to ensure that we can run the competition and that it will continue past 2020. If you are able to make a donation it will be very gratefully received. You can use this PayPal Giving Fund link and your donation will reach us. Thank you for your support!
Cadbury Charitable Trust Donation
We have received a generous donation of £1,000.00 from the Cadbury Charitable Trust for the 2020 competition.. We are very grateful indeed for their support and will be using the funds towards the prizes in the competition.
Limoges Charitable Trust
It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the Limoges Chariable Trust have made a substantial pledge to help with the funding the 2020 competition. We are most grateful to them as without their support it is unlikley the competition would be taking place. Their donation will fund the first prize and also a significant amount of the running costs.
2017 Competition Results
1st : Ariel Lanyi
2nd: Julian Trevelyan
3rd: Scott MacIsaac
4th: Ryan Drucker
Audience Prize: Julian Trevelyan
2017 Competition - The Three Finalists
The jury and audience enjoyed outstanding pianism from the 15 preliminary round performers and eight semi-finalists on 21st/22nd October in the Great Hall of Dudley College. Photos of the first two rounds are in our gallery - thanks to Candian Li.
Not without difficulty did we select the three to go through to the concerto finals at Symphony Hall on Saturday November 4th (15.00):
ARIEL LANYI who will play Mozart, K.491
JULIAN TREVELYAN (Beethoven 4)
SCOTT MACISAAC (Rachmaninov 2).
The Yamaha CFX concert grand used over these two days is a magnificent instrument with a wide range of colours and tonal resources and will prove a superb concerto instrument on 4th November with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Seal.
2017 Competition - Our Sponsors
Our thanks go to Limoges Charitable Trust, Harding Trust and Waldrons Solicitors who donated £4,000.00, £2,500.00 and £1,000.00 respectively to the competition. Without their support the competition would not have taken place and we are grateful to them.