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       2020 Competition Postponed Until 2022.

Do Not Apply Until New Dates Are Published.


In view of the continuing uncertainty the COVID 19 pandemic is causing we are sorry that we will be unable to run a competition in 2021. We are hopeful that the situation will improve and a competition can be organised for spring 2022. Details will be posted here as soon as dates have been set. Please look out for updates on this site or contact Steve Taylor at Thank you.

2020 Competition Postponed. 


We are pleased to announce 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      (Sponsored by The Limoges Charitable Trust)
£3,000 2nd Prize    (Sponsored by Kawai Pianos)
£2,000 3rd Prize

£750 4th Prize

£250 Audience Prize

£250 each semi final prizes (Sponsored 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 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.

Kawai Pianos Support

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 competition will be supported by Kawai pianos.  The flagship instrument of the Shigeru Kawai line, the SK-EX concert grand piano will be used throughout the competition.

2017 Competition Results
1st : Ariel Lanyi

2nd: Julian Trevelyan

3rd: Scott MacIsaac

4th: Ryan Drucker

Audience Prize: Julian Trevelyan

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.