Strings

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 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.

Since we published the string syllabus, we have decide to add an extra ‘class’ on Tuesday 23rd April. D29 is intended for children of senior school age who have only recently started learning a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass). It will be a master class giving them the opportunity to perform and receive expert guidance from Paul Barritt, without the stress of a competition. Please enter online in the usual way.

Please see the Orchestras & Ensembles Section for opportunities for chamber ensembles, orchestras and Family Music Making.

All string competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG. The proposed dates for string classes are; 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 26th, 29th and 30th March, 2nd, 5th and 23rd April 7th, 9th 14th and 21st May. Please note that the dates of two sets of classes have changed – please download the attached and revised timetable.

The closing date for string entries is Monday 11th February 2019. 

Prizes and Certificates

There are cash prizes, gift vouchers and trophies to be competed for in the Premier Challenge Cup, 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 will award a £500 cash prize to the winner of the D’Addario String Prize Competition (to be 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 following link shows performances from the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Diana Cummings, and Markus Lawrenson from D’Addario. link to the video

Bishop’s instruments will award cash prizes of between £25 and £500 to the prize winners from the Viola Day on Tuesday 30th April.

Stringers will award vouchers to be spent in its shop to the prize winners from the Cello Day on Friday 26th April.

Thwaites Fine String Instruments will award vouchers to be spent in its shop to the winners of the two Double Bass competitions on Tuesday 14th May.

One form should be used for each competitor/group/choir/etc., listing all the classes to be entered in any ONE SECTION. A separate entry form must be used for each Section of the Festival entered. Once you have submitted the form, you will need to transfer the total amount due to our bank account. Our bank details are displayed at the bottom of this form. Closing dates for entries are clearly marked at the top of each section of the syllabus.








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* see syllabus for fees applicable to each class

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  • Yes, I agree I/We agree to abide by the Rules & Regulations of the North London Festival as set out in the Syllabus and accept responsibility for the above named entrant(s).
  • Yes, I agree I/We also agree to allow Festival officials or the local Press to take photographs solely for Festival publicity purposes.
  • Yes, I agree I/We agree to deposit the total amount into North London Festival bank account within the next 48 hours. (If we do not receive full payment, we will be unable to process your application)
  • Official Accompanist: Do you wish to use an Official Accompanist?

  • NOTE: YOUR PAYMENT MUST BE REFERENCED WITH CLASS No. AND COMPETITORS NAME

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