Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition – Round One

Entrance to this event is by Programme


Wednesday 29 April - Friday 1 May 2020 Mayfield School

The programme covering the Festival and the Competition costs £5 and allows entry to the three days of Round One.

Students in full-time education may apply for free tickets for Round One of the Competition.

Round One of the Competition takes place from Wednesday 29 April to Friday 1 May. Three venues will be running simultaneously in Mayfield School. Each competitor will play for 20 minutes and members of the audience are free to move between the venues.

The Competition has played an important role in the careers of many internationally celebrated musicians. Past winners include piano virtuosi Paul Lewis and Yuri Didenko; opera stars Anne Sofie von Otter and Patricia Rozario; great Spanish clarinettist Joan Enric Lluna; and flautist Michael Cox who is currently principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

This International Competition provides support to outstanding young concert artists at the start of their professional careers. Recognised around the world as a unique event, the Competition started in 1979 and since 2016 has been hosted by Mayfield School. The Competition provides a vital stepping stone in the careers of exceptional young musicians, offering prizes, a portfolio of performance opportunities and – new this year – ongoing support for winners from the Tunbridge Wells Competition Grant Scheme.

The Competition attracts outstanding young musicians from around the globe, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas. Competitors, aged between 16 and 27, will perform in one of three sections: piano, strings (not plucked) or wind (including brass). Entrants must have reached concert performance standard and be ready for or already have a professional career.

Audiences will have the opportunity to hear these talented and aspiring instrumentalists perform in front of world-class judges. This year’s judges are Joanna MacGregor CBE and Sam Haywood (piano), Guy Johnston and David Takeno (strings), and John Wallace and Juliette Bausor (wind and brass). The judges will expect a very high standard of performance and will take into account choice, variety and balance of programme items across all rounds.

Full details of times and venues will be available at twimc.org.uk closer to the Competition.