Categories, Rounds and Prizes

The competition is open to instrumentalists from the UK and abroad. Whitgift is an all-boys school therefore, due to the nature of possible educational opportunities offered, the competition is only open to boys.

Age Categories

A) Age 13-15 (on 1 September 2019)

B) Age 16-17 (on 1 September 2019)

Instrument Categories

Strings
Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass

Woodwind
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

Brass
Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn

Rounds

Preliminary Round

A recent solo performance of two contrasting pieces is to be submitted via YouTube (or Youku if in China). This performance should be recorded live and unedited and should be no longer than 8 minutes.

Semi-Final

Semi-Finalists will be invited to Whitgift to perform a well-balanced programme of no more than 20 minutes, demonstrating a range of musical styles. Each musician should include the following:

  • An unaccompanied study or sonata movement
  • An accompanied sonata movement(s)
  • A contrasting accompanied piece of the candidates own choosing

Final

Finalists will perform a concerto movement of their own choosing. The time limit for the final round is 10 minutes. Further information regarding programming can be found under Rules and Conditions.

Winners Prize-giving and Gala Concert

The closing gala concert will include performances from selected prize-winners.

First Prize (awarded in each category)

Prize money of £500

Second Prize (awarded in each category)

Prize money of £350

Third Prize (awarded in each category)

Prize money of £150

Headmaster's Scholarship*

A scholarship to Whitgift with full boarding, fees and instrumental tuition included. Performance opportunities with our prestigious partner orchestra, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

*This prize is not guaranteed and will only be offered on the condition that a suitable candidate meets the necessary entry requirements for the School.

Junior Guildhall Scholarship (NEW PRIZE FOR 2019)*

A scholarship to Junior Guidhall school of Music and Drama, with fees and instrumental tuition included.

*This prize is not guaranteed and will only be offered on the condition that a suitable candidate meets the necessary requirements set out by the Junio Guildhall.

Additional prizes may be provided by the competition sponsors and will be awarded at the discretion of the adjudicating panel.