Oxfordshire Concerto Competition Information for Applicants

Showcasing and rewarding Oxfordshire’s musical talent

Founded in 2012, the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition is split into senior and junior categories. This year sees the return of the Junior Competition, which allows young musicians to compete for a cash prize of £500 and the chance to perform a full concerto with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra in a future season. Of necessity, the format is a little different this year: auditions are not in person and performance in the final will take place with restricted audience.

“It was the most wonderful feeling to play with such a fantastic orchestra and I was thrilled to win.”

Emma Lisney, winner of the Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition 2016

Online Audition
Submission Deadline: Tuesday 4 May 2021, 17:00

Applicants will be invited to submit a video recording of their performance to a panel of judges. You should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements totalling no more than 10 minutes. The performance may be accompanied or unaccompanied.

Concerto Competition Final (Piano Accompaniment)
Friday 11 June 2021, 19:30, Jaqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College

A maximum of six selected finalists will each perform one movement of a concerto, with piano accompaniment in front of a panel of distinguished judges. The winner will be announced the same evening. Each performance will be recorded and the video will be made available for the use of the performer.


Who can apply?

We welcome applications from all instrumentalists who are:

  • aged 19 or under on 31 August 2021
  • an Oxfordshire resident or student
  • in full-time secondary education or on a gap year following A-levels
  • grade 8+ (or equivalent)

Applicants may be required to prove that they meet these entry requirements. Previous winners of the Concerto Competition may not enter again.


How do I Apply?

Online form

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Beau Marshall, University Residency Coordinator Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
29a Teignmouth Road, London NW2 4EB


Deadline for applications: Tuesday 4 May 2021, 17:00


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