The Concerto class is a unique and special part of our Festival, providing the opportunity for soloists to perform a movement from a concerto with a full orchestral accompaniment.
The competition is in two parts. At the end of January (Friday 20 and Saturday 21), there will be a preliminary round with piano accompaniment. From this round, four finalists will be selected to perform with full orchestra at the final concert in St Cuthbert's Church, when the winner will be selected. In 2023, the Concerto Final and Highlights Concert will be held on Sunday 12 March. The winner will be awarded the Audrey Innes Trophy.
Please read the requirements for this class in the Syllabus carefully – in particular please note that the choice of concerto is subject to approval and that works with large or complex orchestrations, or for which the availability of orchestral parts has not been clearly established, will not be accepted.
The Concerto Class is an advanced-level competition, open to any age but strictly for amateur performers.
Entries for the 2023 Concerto Class are now closed. If you have had your Step 1 application approved but not yet completed your Step 2 application, please do so as soon as possible.