Whitgift School, founded in 1596, has a reputation as one of the leading academic, sporting and artistic schools in the UK. Along with the opening of a new boarding house in 2013 – making Whitgift’s facilities available to both UK and international students – the School is delighted to launch its International Music Competition, which will offer promising young musicians prestigious scholarships to study at the School, as well as cash prizes and performance opportunities with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.
The School’s outstanding Music Department already offers Whitgift’s pupils instrumental teaching from music staff and visiting teachers, and master-class facilitators including Tasmin Little, Freddy Kempf, Sir James Galway, Sir Willard White, and more. The International Music Competition, supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will offer winners an opportunity to learn from and perform with professional musicians at a concerto performance with the RPO and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.
The International Music Competition is open to string musicians only, with three age categories: 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17. To apply, musicians will need to submit a YouTube video of them performing a piece of their choice, and brief programme notes.
The winners will be selected by a jury after a series of live performances, taking place between June 29th and July 3rd 2013. The jury will consist of Royal Academy of Music Professor, Remus Azoitei; a member nominated by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; cellist and former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Guy Johnston; novelist and Independent journalist, Jessica Duchen; and Whitgift’s Director of Music Development, Rosanna Whitfield, and Head of Orchestral Music, Philip Winter.
Successful applicants will perform a study, a classical sonata and a virtuoso piece to the jury. After this, up to three finalists in each category will be selected to perform the first movement of a concerto (of their choice) with the School’s orchestra.
Winners will be announced at a special gala concert on July 3rd 2013 and will perform the first movement of their chosen concerto in a public concert.
On the launch of the competition, Rosanna Whitfield said:
‘I am hugely proud to be part of this educational initiative which gives us the chance to offer so many wonderful performing opportunities to talented young musicians from around the world.’
This competition will offer the winners a fantastic opportunity to study, on a music scholarship, at one of the UK’s finest schools. Whitgift’s music facilities include a 300-seat Concert Hall, classrooms, fully-equipped suites for percussion, guitar, brass and string instruments, eight practice rooms, and a music library.
In 2013, Whitgift will open its new boarding facilities, housing up to 109 students, thus opening up their world-class facilities to international students.
International Music Competition:
Applications for the Whitgift International Music Competition open on November 29th 2012. Application deadline is May 1st 2013. Application forms can be downloaded from www.whitgift.co.uk/WIMC
Successful applicants will visit Whitgift and perform to the jury between 29th June & 3rd July 2013. Winners will perform in a public concert at Whitgift School on 3rd July 2013.
Grand Prize: A music scholarship to Whitgift including boarding accommodation, full fees and instrumental lessons [one per category], a concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.
First Prize: Prize money of £1,000 and performance opportunities with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.
Second Prize: Prize money of £750.
Third Prize: Prize money of £500
Additional prizes to be added at the discretion of the judges, which may include further boarding education, accommodation and instrumental fees, in whole or in part.
The Competition is currently only open to boys, due to the nature of the educational and study opportunities offered in the prizes.
Winners will begin studying at Whitgift School during academic year 2013/2014.
Day pupil applications for Whitgift School for the 2013/14 academic year close on December 3rd. Applications from prospective boarding pupils will be accepted throughout the year.