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THE COMPETITION

PRELIMINARY SELECTION

SEMI-FINALS

FINAL

Initial selection will be made from a video recording of candidates’ audition piece(s). Please see the Entry Recording section of the Rules for full details on requirements.

Recordings must be no more than 12 minutes and have been made no earlier than 1 March 2016 in one take from a single static camera position with no cuts or edits.   

There is a non-refundable entry fee of £35 payable on application.  



You  may be asked to attend a Semi-Final round.

Any Semi-Final will be held on 14 or 15 January 2017 at a venue in Stockport which will be notified to you.

Any Semi-Final round  will be a 16 minute live performance before adjudicators.  Dress will be informal.

In both rounds you have a free choice to play whatever you think best showcases your talents and (save in the case of pianists who must play solo) may be accompanied or play solo, from memory or music.  If accompanied, you must provide your own accompanist and page turner if needed.   Variety in the chosen repertoire is recommended.



Three competitors will reach the Final on 4 March where they will each play a full concerto.  

Competitors may be required to play one of the works listed on the approved list appended to the rules and competitors should only enter if prepared do so.  

The organisers will consider requests for alternatives but shall have absolute discretion to decline any other concerto proposed.  Their decision is final and no reasons will be given.  

Each concerto will be accompanied by Stockport Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of a conductor of their choice.  The performance will be part of a public concert.



1 June 2016 - applications open

14 Oct 2016 - applications close

11 Dec 2016 - competitors chosen to progress are notified

14/15 January 2017 - Semi-Final

28 Feb-2 Mar - Finalists rehearsals

4 March 2017 - Final

KEY DATES

The  search is on for this year’s winner of Stockport International Young Musicians Competition which comes to a spectacular climax with a Concerto Final on 4 March 2017.

Three finalists will each perform a full concerto to a public audience with Stockport Symphony Orchestra under the baton of one of the competition judges, Hallé Associate Conductor, Jamie Phillips.

The information below provides a brief outline of the competition arrangements but prospective competitors should carefully consider the Rules for full details of all entry criteria and conditions of the competition.


Prizes

The winner of the competition will: receive a cash prize of £1000; have the opportunity to perform a concerto with the SSO at one of their scheduled concerts in the following season.

Two other finalists will receive a prize of vouchers and/or cash to a value of £200


Eligibility

The Competition is open to musicians who on 1st March 2017 will be least 17, and no more than 24 years of age and who have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM. Please see the Entry Conditions section of the Rules for full details of the eligibility criteria and eligible instruments.

Entry Recordings

There is a £35 non-refundable entry fee.  Initial selection will be made from a video recording of candidates’ audition piece(s). Your performance should have been recorded after 30 April 2016 and last no more than 12 minutes from first note to last, inclusive of all tuning or other breaks. You have a free choice to play whatever you think best showcases your talents. You may play from memory or music. Variety in the chosen repertoire is recommended. Performances must be recorded in one take from a single static camera position with no cuts or edits. They may be solo performances or accompanied.  


Strings



Violin:


Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart 5


Viola:


Walton, Stamitz concerto in D,  Bartok


Cello:


Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann,


Double Bass:


Dittersdorf 2, Bottessini 2, Koussevitzky





Woodwind



Flute:


Mozart k313, Ibert, Khachaturian


Oboe:


Strauss, Mozart k314, Martinu


Clarinet:


Mozart k622, Finzi, Weber 1


Saxophone:


Glazunov, Richard Rodney Bennett, Nyman


 ‘Where the Bee Dances’


Bassoon:


Mozart k191, Weber, Hummel



Brass


Horn:

Mozart 3 or 4, Strauss, 1


Trumpet:


Haydn, Arutiunian, Hummel


Trombone:


Rimsky-Korsakov, Grondahl,


Ferdinand David Concertino


Tuba:


Vaughan Williams, Gregson, Arutiunian






Keyboard



Piano:


Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven 3

Qualifying Instruments and Concerto Choices

PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR