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Supported by Limoges Charitable Trust

Patron: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Chairman and Artistic Director

John Humphreys

Celebrating 57 Years

Donations - Please Help!


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 2025. 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!


Applications for the 2025 competition are now open. Details of prizes are below. Applications can be made by the online entry form on the Enter page.

Preliminary and Semi Final rounds will be on 3rd & 4th May 2025 and 25th May for the Recital Final. See the Events page for more information.

2022 Final Results

An audience prize was not offered this year. The reference to the prize in the concert programme was in error. Our apologies for this. As a result of family illness Siva Oke had to withdraw from the jury at short notice and was not able to attend the final. Consequently she was unable to offer the opportunity of a recording for Somm Recordings to any of the finalists.

First Prize:  Tyler Hay

Second Prize:  Luke Jones

Third  Prize:  Maxim Kinasov


1st Prize   £6000

(Sponsored by The Limoges Charitable Trust)

The following will also be offered to the winner:

  • The CBSO will award the  winner of the Competition the opportunity to perform a concerto with the orchestra in a future season. The date, time,  venue,  conductor and conditions of the concerto performance will be at the CBSO’s discretion.

  • Recitals with:

        Music at Park House (Cheltenham)

        Arts St Laurence (Ludlow)

        St Mary's (Perivale)

        Details of dates etc will be agreed with each venue after the competition.

2nd Prize   £4000  

3rd Prize   £3000

4th Prize   £1000

Semi final prizes   £250 each

(Sponsored by Waldrons)

Audience Prize   £500

(Sponsored by the William A Cadbury Charitable Trust)

The preliminary round and semi-finals will be held at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on 3rd & 4th May 2025. The final will be held the Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham on 25th May 2025. 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.

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