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A joint IAO and RCO promotion, this new competition for organists will be held during the next IAO Music Festival in Peterborough, 29 July to 2 August 2018.
The semi-finals will be held in Cambridge on Wednesday 1 August, and the final will take place in Peterborough Cathedral on Thursday 2 August.
Applicants should be no younger than 18 and no older than 26 on 1 July 2018.
With recitals available to prizewinners courtesy of:
HOW TO ENTER
For the IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition 2018, six competitors will be chosen from recordings to participate in the semi-final round. From there, three competitors will be selected to go through to the final. To enter, applicants must complete the Competition Application Form [click here to download] and return it, with appropriate proof of age, to Andrew Macintosh at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, applicants should submit (on the same day the Competition Application Form is sent) a single unedited sound file (video is not required) lasting 7–10 minutes. The recording must include one of J. S. Bach’s trio movements (a chorale prelude or a movement from a trio sonata) and any other work(s) of choice. The recording should be sent to Andrew Macintosh at email@example.com using a file transfer service such as wetransfer.com
The entry charge is £50, to be paid on the same day the Competition Application Form is sent. Payment should be made by phoning RCO Bookings on 020 3865 6998.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 13:00
Recordings will be passed to the adjudication panel for shortlisting and successful applicants will be contacted no later than Friday 16 March 2018. Applicants selected to go through to the semi-final round will be offered free bed and breakfast accommodation in Peterborough from 30 July to 2 August inclusive. Unsuccessful applicants will have £25 returned to them.
A balanced programme of the applicant’s choosing, lasting around 20 minutes. The programme should consist of at least three contrasting pieces and include a work or movement by François Couperin, the 350th anniversary of whose birth falls in 2018. As a guide, the repertoire should be of Diploma level.
The semi-final rounds will be played on either the organ of Sidney Sussex College, or St Catherine’s College, on Wednesday 1 August. Candidates should select a programme suitable for either instrument, and allocation of candidates to instruments will be made using a ballot. Specifications can be found here:
Arrangements for practice will be made at a later stage.
A balanced programme of the applicant’s choosing, lasting around 40 minutes. Some repertoire from the semi-final round may be included. The final will be held in Peterborough Cathedral on Thursday 2 August. Arrangements for practice will be made known at a later stage
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Before completing the Competition Application Form, applicants should note the following Conditions of Entry:
Are you ready to apply? Please make sure you fill in all sections of the Competition Application Form, including the signed statement from a professional musician. Your recording should be submitted, and your entry payment made, on the same day. Please remember that the deadline for the receipt of applications is 13:00 on Wednesday 28 February.