Every level from beginner to accomplished performer is catered for. There are recital classes, which provide the opportunity to give a 15 minute performance of 2 or 3 contrasting pieces, concerto and sonata classes and classes for which lighter music can be played. If you have any particular requirement which does not seem to be catered for, please get in touch and we will see how we can best accommodate you.
In 2020, we plan to hold more non-competitive master classes, which give players the opportunity to perform and receive expert guidance, without the stress of a competition.
Please see the Orchestras & Ensembles Section for opportunities for chamber ensembles, larger ensembles and orchestras.
All string competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG. The proposed dates for string classes in 2020 are; 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st March, 3rd, 21st and 24th April and 1st May.
The closing date for string entries will be Friday 7th February 2020.
Prizes and Certificates
There are cash prizes, gift vouchers and trophies to be competed for in the Premier Challenge, Concerto, Sonata and Recital Classes for the various instruments. In other classes there are gold, silver and bronze medals to be won, and every competitor will receive a written adjudication sheet and certificate of participation. The festival is delighted to have four generous sponsors of violin, viola, cello and double bass competitions:
D’Addario Orchestral awarded a £500 cash prize to the winner of the D’Addario String Prize Competition (held on Saturday 30th March) as well as vouchers towards its products at special festival prices for both the second and third prize winners of the competition and the prize winners from the ‘Violin Day’ on Friday 17th and Tuesday 21st May.
The D’Addario prize winners were:
2nd prize – Henry Hargreaves, cello
3rd prize – Alinka Rowe, viola
Highly Commended – Lucas Levis, viola and Sofia Kolupov, violin
Tamaki Sugimoto, First Prize Winner in the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition
The video above shows performances from the 2019 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Hilary Sturt, and Markus Lawrenson from D’Addario. The 2020 D’Addario String Competition will be on Tuesday 10th March.
The video below shows performances from the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Diana Cummings, and Markus Lawrenson.
Bishop’s instruments awarded cash prizes of between £25 and £500 to the prize winners from the Viola Day on Tuesday 30th April.
Stringers awarded vouchers to be spent in its shop to the prize winners from the Cello Day on Friday 26th April.
Thwaites Fine String Instruments awarded vouchers to be spent in its shop to the winners of the two Double Bass competitions on Tuesday 14th May.
We would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2019 string competitions – Mine Abrahim, Lucian Azoitei, Natalie Bhak, Rebecca Bradley, Malena Coia, Anna Crawford, Adam Cubitt, Eleanor Davis, Agatha Fancourt, Erik Fauss, Evelyn Freeman, Isabel Goldring, Eleanor Grant, Clara Hannay, Avram Harris, Lula Janovic, Lilly Kay, Jessica Keenlyside, Yugo Kobayashi, Polina Matusheva, Liesel May, Sophie Mitran, Kevin Mitran, Oliver Moh, Madeleine Murray, Maria Noskova, Haru Ogiwara, Jasper Penderis, Clem Pickering, Felix Rosenboom, Will Ross, Eliza de Silva, Soma Subramanian, Chen-Chen White, Chu-Yu Yang, Samuel Yu, Ziying Wang, Kiki Watanabe, Felix Weisz, Jaren Ziegler and Kalli Ziegler.