Her Majesty The Queen

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Our beloved, long-serving Queen was a dedicated supporter of the arts. She was Patron of BIFF, the British and International Federation of Festivals, of which the Edinburgh Competition Festival is part.

The Queen was an inspirational woman who gave her life to the nation and its people. She will be greatly missed.

We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and to the Royal Family.

Gillian Cowie, Chair, on behalf of ECFA

2023 Festival

The Syllabus for the 2023 Festival is now available below. It contains details of all the classes on offer, together with details on adjudicators, venues and regulations:

Paper copies of the Syllabus are available throughout Edinburgh at Rae Macintosh, Stringers and the Music Library.

The online entry system will open shortly. This year, the Concerto Class will have a separate entry system, also on this website.


Key dates for 2023 are:

  • Entry deadline: Wednesday, 30 November 2022

  • Concerto Class first round: Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January 2023

  • Main Festival: Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 12 March 2023

  • Highlights Concert and Concerto Class Final: Sunday 12 March 2023

  • St Giles' at Six: Sunday 26 March 2023

Online entry

We use an online entry system, RunMyFestival, for all classes apart from the Concerto Class.

To enter online:

Entries for the Concerto Class are via a separate two-step online entry system:

Find out more