All levels of performers are catered for, from beginners to highly skilled musicians. Orchestras, large ensembles and chamber groups come together for what always proves to be one of the Festival’s most vibrant occasions. Our youngest players, often as young as four years old, begin the large ensemble classes.
In 2020 this section will be split into three parts. The newest one of these is the afternoon for wind and mixed groups.
On Saturday 28th March, starting at 2 pm, will be competitions for Wind and Mixed Groups, adjudicated by Paul Hoskins. These competitions are intended to be mainly for wind players, so every group entering must have at least one woodwind or brass player. Competitions for duos, trios and quartets are included here.
On Saturday 2nd May, starting at 9 am, will be competitions for large ensembles and orchestras, adjudicated by Robert Pepper. The first of these ‘competitions’ is E23, which is non-competitive and celebrates music making. All participants in E23 will receive a North London Festival medal. The morning will end with folk music competition, E26. This is for a solo performance or a performance by a group of up to 6 players of one or more pieces of folk music. It is for any combination of instruments and can be entered by non-classical harpists.
On Saturday 2nd May, starting at 2 pm, will be competitions for String and Mixed Groups, adjudicated by Roger Coull. These competitions are intended to be mainly for string and/or harp players, so every group entering must have at least one string player or harpist. It is a new departure that harp chamber music competitions will be included here rather than on the separate harp days. Competitions for duos, trios and quartets are included here.
All these competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG. The closing date for all entries is Saturday 7th February 2020.
Prizes and Certificates
In all competitions there are Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to be won. Each ensemble will receive a written adjudication sheet and a certificate of participation. Shields and vouchers will also be presented to the most outstanding performers.
A £50 voucher from Stringers of London will be awarded to each player in the most outstanding string ensemble of up to 8 players.
A £50 cash prize, donated by CAMAC Harps, will be awarded to the harp player who makes the most outstanding contribution to their group’s performance.
A £50 cash prize, donated by Hilary Sturt, will be awarded to the viola player who makes the most outstanding contribution to their group’s performance.
A £50 cash prize, in memory of David Angel, will be awarded to the second violinist who makes the most outstanding contribution to their group’s performance. David sadly and unexpectedly died in April 2017. He was the second violinist of the Maggini Quartet and was well known for championing the role of the second violin within the ensembles that he coached. As his Maggini colleagues have said, David was ‘a human and musical giant for all who knew him and were fortunate enough to work with him.’