Strings

Every level from beginner to accomplished performer is catered for.  There are recital classes, concerto and sonata classes and classes in which lighter music can be played.

In 2020, we will hold three non-competitive master classes, which give players the opportunity to perform and receive expert guidance, without the stress of a competition. These are for children of senior school age, for adults who are not at a conservatoire and have never studied at a conservatoire and lastly for conservatoire students. The conservatoire-level master class will be taken by cellist Adrian Brendel. We will be contacting the heads of strings at the major conservatoires to ask them to nominate students to take part, so please speak to your head of strings if you would like to be nominated. Alternatively, you can apply online, using code D46, for a ticket to listen to the master class.

Another new feature for 2020 is a series of competitions, on Tuesday 12th May, sponsored by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). Performers will play one piece from ABRSM’s 2020-2023 Bowed Strings syllabus. The adjudicator, Jessica O’Leary, is a violinist and an experienced ABRSM examiner. This class has been timetabled to take place just after the closing date for the ABRSM summer term exams, providing performers with an opportunity to gain constructive feedback on their performance as they prepare for their exam. The ABRSM will provide a ‘goody bag’ for each performer and a prize for the winner of each category.

This year the numbering of competitions is different from last year, so please check the description of the competition you are entering. String duo and trio competitions are now with other chamber music competitions on Saturday 2nd May. Please see the Orchestras & Ensembles Section for these competitions and 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. String classes in 2020 will be on 2, 3, 6, 10, 16, 23, 24 and 31 March, 3, 21, 23 and 24 April, 1, 12 and 18 May.

The closing date for string entries will be Friday 7th February 2020. 

To read about accompanists, the prizes you can win, see videos from 2018 and 2019 and find out more about some of our string competitions , click the ‘read more’ link below.

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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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