THE HASLEMERE STRING COMPETITION
Ishani launched the Haslemere String Competition in 2017 to give talented young string players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. Originally aimed at students living in the counties around London, it has since expanded greatly, and now draws talented youth from across the south and west of the UK.
THE 2021 COMPETITION WILL BE HELD ONLINE
Judges have been chosen not only for their extensive experience but also for their ability to offer young players positive, constructive insight and encouragement. All finalists perform chamber music in a 'side by side' setting with professionals, giving students the opportunity to experience rehearsal and performance with professional musicians.
Side by Side concerts form part of the annual Haslemere Festival.
'The competition was a truly treasured experience in my journey towards music conservatoire’
'The competition was a very positive experience with a friendly, supportive atmosphere and useful, detailed feedback. I was thrilled to be selected as a finalist and I very much look forward to working with a professional musician for the forthcoming chamber music concert. I have learnt a great deal through the Haslemere String Competition, it is a brilliant opportunity for young musicians like myself!'
*** ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2021! ***
INTRODUCING THE HASLEMERE INTERNATIONAL ONLINE STRING COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MUSICAL ORBIT
30 MAY 2021
This year we are thrilled to announce that we are opening up to competitors from around the globe in our first online competition!
Get your entries in by Midday 30th May to be in with a chance of winning big prize money. All entrants wil receive written feedback from the adjudicators.
* 1st Prize £300 * 2nd Prize £150 * 3rd Prize £50
Two sections: Ages 12-15 and 16-18. Recordings to consist of any programme under 10 mins. Entry by online submission.
Deadline for entries 12pm 30th May 2021
The Haslemere String Competition 2019 Finalists 'Side by Side' Chamber Music Concert
This is a side-by-side chamber music concert, with finalists from the competition in 2019 performing with professional musicians. This is a great benefit to the finalists and they see and experience what working in the profession would be.
The programme contains Mozart Violin and Viola Duo, and Schubert Trout Quintet.
St Bartholomew’s Church
Date - Thursday, 20/05/2021
2019 COMPETITION RESULTS
Will Duerden – double bass
Playing Eduard Tubin’s Concerto for Double bass
(Eduard Tubin 1905-1982 was an Estonian composer
You can read more about him here: https://aviolinslife.org/eduard-tubin/)
Jude Chandler – double bass
Playing Dittersdorf’s Double Bass Concerto Movement 1
Briona Mannion – violin
Harry Scott-Burt – Cello
Alex Heather – Double Bass
Imaan Kashim – Violin
Hannah McFarlane – Cello
Rachel Stonham – Violin
Ishani Bhoola (Chairman), Richard Crabtree, and Simon Blendis
The first rounds were held in Haslemere and Bristol and the final was held on Thursday 16 May 16 2019 at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere as part of The Haslemere Festival
The winners of the 2017 Competition were:
Ketan Curtis – Double Bass
Alinka Rowe – Viola, who performed with the Waverley Ensemble on 10 March 2018 at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.
2nd prize to Will Duerden, double bass
Other finalists of the Haslemere String Competition performed a side by side chamber music concert on Saturday May 26 2018 at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere.
We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs G.B. Burnett and Mr Simon Dear who are Patrons of the Haslemere String Competition.
Sponsorship has been provided by Bishop Instruments and Strings, and other donors.