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Competitions

RCMJD violinist in rehearsal
RCMJD holds nine internal competitions, details of which can be found below. These competitions are open only to current students of the Department.

Entry for RCMJD competitions is via online forms. An email giving the link to the relevant competition application form will be sent to the parents/guardians and JD teachers of eligible students at least a fortnight before the students’ online form submission deadline. Fully-completed entries, including all original piano accompaniment parts, must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Entries submitted after this time cannot be accepted.

Peter Morrison Concerto Competition

Open to all first study students in school years 12, 13 or Extension Year.

  • Entry deadline: 5pm, Saturday 25 September 2021
  • Preliminary round (rehearsals): Saturdays 16 and 30 October 2021
  • Preliminary round: 9am, Saturday 6 November 2021
  • Final round (rehearsals): Saturday 13 November 2021
  • Final round: 3pm, Saturday 20 November 2021

Entry requirements:

For the preliminary round, each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). Competitors should perform the first movement (or as much as will fit within 10 minutes) of a concerto or substantial work for soloist with orchestra (including cadenza where appropriate). If the first movement is significantly less than 10 minutes, a competitor may play the whole work or as much as 10 minutes will allow. Students who reach the final round must play the whole concerto.

Gordon Turner Competition

Open to all first study students in school years 11-13, or Extension Year.

  • Student entry form deadline: end of Wednesday 24 November 2021
  • Teacher approval/accompaniment submission deadline: 5pm, Saturday 27 November 2021
  • Rehearsals: Saturdays 15 and 22 January 2022
  • Preliminary round: 9am, Saturdays 29 January and 5 February 2022
  • Final round: 9am, Saturday 19 February 2022

Entry requirements:

Each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). As a guide, most students perform one or two contrasting pieces, though up to four pieces can be included as long as the competition’s platform time limit is not exceeded. Students who reach the final round must play the same repertoire as for the preliminary round.

Barbara Boissard Junior Concerto Competition

Open to all first study students in school years 9-10

  • Student entry form deadline: end of Wednesday 12 January 2022
  • Teacher approval/accompaniment submission deadline: 5pm, Saturday 15 January 2022
  • Rehearsals: Saturdays 19 and 26 February 2022
  • Competition date: 9am, Saturday 5 March 2022

Entry requirements:

Each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). Competitors are required to play a single movement (or as much as 10 minutes will allow) of a concerto or substantial work for soloist with orchestra (including cadenza where appropriate). A slow movement is acceptable if preferred.

Gordon Turner Harp Competition

Open to all harp students.

  • Closing date: not applicable – competition curated by Daphne Boden
  • Competition date: 2pm, Saturday 19 February 2022

Angela Bull Competition

Open to all first study piano students; NB repertoire must include one piece by an under-represented composer.

  • Student entry form deadline: end of Wednesday 16 February 2022
  • Teacher approval deadline: 5pm, Saturday 19 February 2022
  • Competition date: 9am, Saturday 12 March 2022

Entry requirements:

Each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). Competitors are required to include one piece by an under-represented composer; judicious choice of overall programme will be taken into consideration.

Marjorie Humby Competition

Open to all first study students in years 7-8.

  • Student entry form deadline: end of Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • Teacher approval/accompaniment submission deadline: 5pm, Saturday 12 March 2022
  • Rehearsals: Saturdays 23 and 30 April 2022
  • Preliminary round: 9am, Saturday 7 May 2022
  • Final round: 9am, Saturday 14 May 2022

Entry requirements:

Each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). As a guide, most students perform one or two contrasting pieces, though up to four pieces can be included as long as the competition’s platform time limit is not exceeded. Students who reach the final round must play the same repertoire as for the preliminary round.

Chamber Music Competition

Open to all year 11-13/Extension Year JD chamber groups (one member of a group may be year 10).

  • Entry form deadline: 5pm, Saturday 19 March 2022
  • Preliminary round: Saturdays 30 April and/or 7 May 2022 (as required)
  • Final round: 5.30pm, Saturday 28 May 2022

Entry requirements:

Groups must be nominated by their chamber music coach, performing one work or two contrasting works/movements. Groups will need to play for no less than 6 minutes and no more than 10 minutes, including walking on/off the stage and tuning.

Joan Weller Composition Competition

Open to all students of the Junior Department, whether or not composition is studied at the Department.

  • Entry form/portfolio submission deadline: 5pm, Saturday 30 April 2022

Entry requirements:

A portfolio of up to three complete works of no more than 15 minutes total duration for solo or ensemble, submitted as PDFs. It is encouraged (though not mandatory) that the folder also contains MP3 files of recordings of any of the works submitted; especially if electronic or improvisatory elements are present in the work.

Hugh Bean Violin Competition

Open to all string players in years 8 and below.

  • Student entry form deadline: end of Wednesday 27 March 2022
  • Teacher approval/accompaniment submission deadline: 5pm, Saturday 30 April 2022
  • Rehearsals: Saturdays 28 May and 11 June 2022
  • Competition date: 9am, Saturday 18 June 2022

Entry requirements:

Each performance slot is 10 minutes (to include walking on/off stage, tuning etc, ie not more than 9 minutes performing time). As a guide, most students perform one or two contrasting pieces, though up to four pieces can be included as long as the competition’s platform time limit is not exceeded.