St Edmundsbury Cathedral is offering the first virtual organ competition for young organists aged up to 22, in a bid to encourage and promote music-making during these challenging times.
Categories and Prizes
Beginner (up to grade 5) – £50 music voucher, plus 30 min organ lesson with David Briggs.
Intermediate (grades 6-8) – £100 music voucher, plus 45 min organ lesson with David Briggs.
Advanced £500 – 60 min organ lesson with David Briggs plus recital at St Edmundsbury Cathedral as part of the Lunchtime recital series.
Please note that, given the virtual nature of the competition, each entry will only be judged on the performance, and not the instrument used for the recording.
James Lancelot – Concert Organist and Former Director of Music at Durham Cathedral
Martin Baker – Concert Organist and Former Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral
Richard Cook – Acting Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral
William Saunders – Concert Organist, and Assisting Organist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Beginners: one piece up to 5 min
Intermediate: one or two pieces up to 10 min
Advanced: a recital lasting up to 15 minutes in duration
Candidates are asked to upload VIDEO recordings (converted to MP4 if possible) of their pieces to wetransfer.com and email us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org along with an Organ Competition Registration Form.
Please read the Terms and Conditions
The panellists will decide on the winning entries from each category, and will announce winners on a live stream. All entrants will receive feedback and constructive advice from the panel. If you have any problems uploading or converting your video files, please contact the Cathedral music department on email@example.com.
Closing date for submission: 12 noon on 6 June
Announcement 13 June
NB These dates have been adjusted in light of the current guidance (24 March) which means that there is no access to church buildings.