Rules and Conditions

Whitgift International Music Competition 2019 - Participation Rules

1. Applicants must include the signed consent of a parent or guardian with the official application form, available on the How To Apply section of this website.

2. Successful applicants are permitted to travel to the competition with the same parent or guardian who provided their signature for consent.

3. The parent or guardian who provides the consent will be the contact for the competition.

4. Applicants may apply for financial assistance of up to £150 towards travel costs. A Bursary Application Form should be completed in advance and will be provided on request (please email to request a form). No financial assistance towards travel will be awarded to the accompanying guardian. No applicant is automatically entitles to financial help.

5. If the competition should be postponed or cancelled, successful applicants can apply for reimbursement (on production of a receipt) for travel costs from outside the UK, up to a maximum of £100. No compensation will be awarded to an accompanying guardian. No other costs will be met by the organisers and no claim can be made on the School for compensation.

6. Successful applicants must attend the competition at Whitgift School from Saturday 6 April 2019 - Friday 12 April 2019.

7. Successful applicants must not arrive at Whitgift School before 4pm on Saturday 6 April 2019 and must depart no later than 10am on Friday 12 April 2019.

8. The WIMC organising committee will provide accommodation and meals for successful applicants and their designated parent or guardian.

9. Successful applicants must be available for publicity calls as required by the WIMC organising committee.

10. Successful applicants must attend the Winners’ Prize Giving and Gala concert on 11 April 2019.

11. Applicants should assume that no communication from the WIMC organising committee by 12 February 2019 indicates that they have not been selected for the Semi-Final.

12. In the Preliminary Round, the applicants’ YouTube (or Youku) video will be assessed by a selection of the adjudicating panel.

13. The Semi-Final and Final of the competition will be open for the public to attend.

14. All music should be performed from memory.

15. Any repeats or cuts must be detailed in the Programme Submission Form.

16. Official accompanists will be provided without charge. Should applicants provide their own accompanists, Whitgift School will not cover any associated costs.

17. Applicants must complete the Programme Submission Form on the How To Apply section of this website and submit this by 7 January 2019.

Guidance for those hoping to achieve the Headmaster's Scholarship to Whitgift School

1. Applicants who are aiming to receive a Headmaster's Scholarship to Whitgift School must indicate this intention on the application form.

2. Successful application, who are aiming to receive a Headmaster's Scholarship to Whitgift School will undertake interviews with memebrs of staff and the Admissions' Department during their stay, accompanied by their parent or guardian. 

3. Scholarships may be withdrawn at any time should the scholar fail to comply with the School rules.

4. Acceptance of a scholarship at Whitgift will be subject to all the necessary documentation being completed by a parent or guardian. This documentation will be available to view in advance.

5. All successful applicants who are aiming to receive a Headmaster's Scholarship to Whitgift School must bring with them on 6 April 2019:

  • A reference from their current school.
  • A copy of their most recent school report.
  • Proof of academic exam results.

6. Applicants who are currently attending any other Whitgift Foundation school should not apply for the Headmaster's Scholarship but are entitled to enter the competition if aiming to win cash prizes.

7. Scholarships and prizes may not be substituted.

8. It is possible for the same applicant to win any of the prizes and a subsequent scholarship of up to 100%.

9. Scholars will be expected to start their education at Whitgift on the first day of term, in September 2019.

10. The WIMC organising committee reserve the right to offer no scholarships in the event of no boys being deemed appropriate by the Headmaster.

Terms and Conditions

I understand that competition decisions are legally final and that the jury reserve the right to stop performances or withdraw candidates without question.

I understand that the competition may be recorded or transmitted. I understand that all recordings are the property of Whitgift School and that successful applicants do not have any publication rights.

I understand that the organisers reserve the right to change the persons on the adjudicating panel.

I understand that the organisers may refuse an applicant the right to participate should that applicant be deemed too ill to compete at any time between the Preliminary Round and Final.

I understand that in the event of a successful applicant being unable to take part in any judging stage for any reason, including illness or licensing issues, the organisers reserve the right to substitute an alternative applicant.

I understand that the organisers may award additional prizes and may not award all prizes.

I understand that in the event of the competition being postponed or cancelled, successful applicants are eligible to be reimbursed, on production of receipts, for travel costs from outside the UK up to a maximum of £100. I understand that no reimbursement will be awarded for accompanying guardians. I understand that no other costs will be met by the WIMC organising committee and no claim can be made on the School for compensation.

I understand that any applicant unable to attend due to visa problems will not be reimbursed for any travel costs.

I understand that any applicant refused entry into the UK for any reason should not assume reimbursement of travel costs.

I consent to any filming or photography of my participation in this competition. In particular I recognise the jury’s comments, both positive and negative, may be recorded and be included in output.

I assign the complete copyright in my contribution and give all consents as may be required under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended), and grant to Whitgift any and all rights necessary to enable them to make the fullest use of its recordings without restriction in any and all media throughout the world for the duration of such rights. In particular, I grant to Whitgift the unlimited right to edit, copy, alter, add to, take from, adapt or translate my contributions hereunder, and in relation to such contributions waive irrevocably all ‘moral rights’ which I have now or in the future, including without limitation any rights under section 77 to 85 inclusive of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or any similar law of any jurisdiction. Whitgift may, without further consent, use my name, likeness, biography, photographs of me and recordings of interviews with me in promoting and publicising the competition across all media formats worldwide.

I agree at the request of Whitgift to take part in publicity events in connection with the Whitgift International Music Competition 2019.

Whitgift shall not be liable to me or my legal representative for any loss or damage or injury to me or my property caused or suffered in connection with the competition, unless caused by the negligence of Whitgift and recoverable on that ground.

I agree that my contribution shall not contain anything which is an infringement of copyright or which is calculated to bring Whitgift into disrepute or which is defamatory, provided, however, that Whitgift shall not be entitled to bring claim against me in respect of any defamatory material that was included in my contribution without negligence or malice on my part. The courts of England and Wales shall have sole jurisdiction in relation to this declaration which shall be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.