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Piano Performance Opportunities for Pupils


Pupils with an interest in performance are offered many different types of performance opportunities at all levels.

Some questions and answers:

How often? The frequency varies from individual to individual and depends on pupils' goals and preparedness.

Exams? Yes, of course, when required, necessary or for self-imposed deadlines to improve practice.

What types of exams? ABRSM and Trinity College.

What levels? All graded examinations from the preliminary grade to grade 8 and all diplomas.

Competitions? Yes, for all levels of skill. A complete beginner might already be able to perform in a festival after 6 months of lessons at any age. Intermediate and advanced learners have even more opportunities to try out playing for others, practice performance and win prizes. There is an overabundance of competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities at festivals in the UK and pupils are encouraged to prepare.

Concerts? Yes, different types of concert opportunities can also be offered.

Preparation? The preparation for public performances is planned well in advance. Meticulous planning ensures that pupils are well prepared, do well and remain at the lowest levels of stress possible.

Try out repertoire and performance in a safe, non-competitive, non-public environment? Since the very beginning there has been a tradition to organise non-public events for pupils giving them an opportunity to play new repertoire for each other and make friends. These events are called Piano Hours. There is tea and cake and no extra audience. The atmosphere is friendly and competition between pupils is strongly discouraged.


Competitive & Non-Competitive Piano Performance Opportunities at UK Music Festivals



There are hundreds of competitive and non-competitive music festivals for children and adult learners all over the UK. The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance & Speech offers several lists and abundant information:
http://www.federationoffestivals.org.uk
Here are some of the annual festivals (from January to December):

January:


Cottingham Methodist Festival, East Riding of York Shire (January-February)

Oxford Music Festival (January-February)

February:


Chesham Arts Festival, Buckingham Shire

Colsterworth Festival, Lincolnshire

Cottingham Methodist Festival, East Riding of Yorkshire (January-February)

Milton Keynes Festival

Oxford Music Festival (January-February)

Portsmouth Music Festival

Stratford & East London Music Festival

Sudbury Festival - February - March, close to London

Watford Festival

Worthing Festival - next to Brighton, February - March

March:


Battersea Piano Festival

Bristol Festival

Bromley (Kent) Festival of Music and Speech

Burnley Festival, Birmingham

Carlisle and District Festival, Cumbria

Chichister Festival, Sussex

Chipping Norton Music Festival, Oxfordshire

Cornwall Festival

Devon Festival

Dudley Festival

Godalming Festival, Surrey

Hatfield & District Festival, Hertfordshire (March-April) - very close to London

Kettering & District Eisteddfod

Mid-Somerset Festival, Bath

Milton Keynes Festival

Richmond Upon Thames Performing Arts Festival

Ruislip-Northwood Festival

Southampton Festival of Music and Drama

Sudbury Festival - February - March, close to London

Tunbidge Wells Festival

Watford Festival

Woodley Festival - very close to London

Worthing Festival - next to Brighton

April:


Chester Festival, Cheshire  

Croydon Festival, Greater London (April-June)

Ealing Festival

North London Festival (April-May)

May:


Blackburn Festival

Blackheath Music Festival

Buxton Festival

Croydon Festival, Greater London (April-June)

Fareham Festival - close to London

North London Festival (April-May)

Northfield Festival of Music & Speech

Nuneaton Festival of Arts

Reigate & Redhill Music & Drama Festival - very close to London

June:


Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival

Croydon Festival, Greater London (April-June)

Dulwich Piano Festival - SE22

Horsham Performers Platform, Sussex - close to London

Leigh-On-Sea Festival - next to Southend-on-Sea, very close to London

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival

Wantage Music Festival - not too far from London

July:


Hornsea Festival - London

September:





October:


Longwell Green Eisteddfod (October-November)

Maidenhead Festival - very close to London

Suffolk Festival - not too far from London

November:


Beckenham Festival, Kent

Farnham Competitive Music Festival, Hampshire

Gosport Festival, Hampshire

Maidstone Festival, Kent

Marlow Music Festival

Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival

Nailsea Festival of Music

Sutton Music Festival

West London Pianoforte Festival

Woking Music Festival



National and International Piano Competitions


Apart from regional festivals, there is also a variety of national and international competitions for young learners in the UK as well as overseas.
Extensive information on international youth competitions can be found on the AAF (Alink Argerich Foundation) website: http://www.alink-argerich.org/

European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

BBC Young Musician

Moray Piano Competition

Young Pianist of the North

Evangelia Tjiarri Music Foundation Competition

Aarhus International Piano Competition

Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists

Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year

Concours International de Piano / Conservatoire Russe de Alexandre Scriabine / Paris

Steinway Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb Hamburg

Steinway Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb Berlin

Astana Piano Passion, Kazakhstan

Sberbank Debut, Kiev, Ukraine

Krainev Competition, Kharkiv, Ukraine

International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz

César Franck International Piano Competition





"When you play, always play as though a master listened to you." Robert Schumann


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