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 weekend. During the Chamber Music day, there will be a class for Family Music Making.
We are still planning the chamber music and small ensemble competitions for 2020.
The closing date for all entries is TBC.
All Instrumental these competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
Prizes and Certificates
In all classes 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 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.”
E12 is non-competitive and aimed to celebrate music making. All participants will receive a North London Festival medal.
The folk music class, E17, 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.
We would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2019 Chamber music, Ensemble and Folk Music competitions – Feith an Cheoil Ensemble; Finchley Young String Orchestra; Oasby Music Group Cantabile Violin Quartet; Princess Frederica Chamber Ensemble; University College School Junior Branch – Big Band; Ivan, Melis Ethemsoy, Chen-Chen White, Evelyn Freeman & Jess Maunder; Tara & Maya Rodrigues; Sam Scheer, Sharon Zhou, Kayla Nicol, Tamara Redmond, Saya Barbaglia, Katya Herberg, Ellen Baumring-Gledhill & Jude Chandler; Maeve & Dominic Tierney; Anna Wilson, Loxie Farr-Hall & Will Ross; Chloe Chan and Harvey Walton.