Categories, Rounds and Prizes

Updated: Tue 16 Aug 2016  

The competition is open to instrumentalists from the UK and around the world. Whitgift is an all-boys school; therefore, due to the nature of the educational and study opportunities offered, this competition is currently only open to boys.

Age Categories

A) Age 13-15 (on 1 September 2017)

B) Age 16-17 (on 1 September 2017)

Instrument Categories

Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn


Preliminary Round

A recent solo performance is to be submitted via YouTube. This performance should be recorded live and unedited.


Semi-Finalists will be invited to Whitgift to perform the following:

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

Semi-Finalists should present a well-balanced programme of no more than 20 minutes, demonstrating a range of musical styles.


Finalists will perform a concerto movement of their own choosing.

Further information regarding programming can be found under Rules and Conditions.

Winners Prize-giving and Gala Concert

There will be a closing gala concert at which selected prize-winners will be invited to perform.


Prizes for each age category

First Prize

Prize money of £1000

Second Prize

Prize money of £750

Third Prize

Prize money of £500

Headmaster's Scholarship

A scholarship to Whitgift with full boarding, fees and instrumental tuition included.

The Headmaster’s Scholarship also includes the opportunity of a concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.

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