General information for the 2020 Competition

The Competition is held every two years as part of the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts to help and encourage advanced students and young professional musicians on the threshold of their careers. The Competition wants to support its winners in the early period of their careers; to this end, cash prizes and recital opportunities are awarded.

The Competition will be held from Wednesday April 29th 2020 to Sunday May 3rd 2020 and all performances will be in public.

All Rounds, including the Final, will be held at Mayfield School, The Old Palace, High Street, Mayfield, TN20 6PH, East Sussex, UK.

Round 1 on Wednesday April 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday May 1st 2020
Round 2 (Semi Final) on Saturday May 2nd 2020
Round 3 (Final) on Sunday May 3rd 2020


There will be three sections: Pianoforte, Strings (excluding plucked strings such as harps and guitars or similar) and Wind (both wood and brass). Pianos used at the Competition will be tuned to A=440Hz.

The Prizes

The overall winner will be selected from one of the section winners and will receive:

  • The TWIYCA Crystal Goblet.
  • The Overall Winner’s prize of £2,000 (the Hans and Mary Romney Prize).
  • Their section prize of £1,500.
  • A recital opportunity at Sutton Valence Music Society.
  • A concerto opportunity at the Mayfield Festival in 2022.

The winner of each section will receive a cash prize of £1,500 and a recital opportunity in November 2020 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The dates for the recitals will be Tuesday November 3rd, Friday November 6th and Monday November 9th 2020. The section winners must be available to play on one of the dates. Other recital opportunities will be arranged for the section winners if feasible.

The second prize winner in each section will receive a cash prize of £1,000.

The third prize winner in each section will receive £500.

The winner of the Wind section will also receive a concerto opportunity with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra.

The winner of the Piano section will receive a recital opportunity at Haywards Heath Music Society.

One of the Finalists will be selected to give a Master Class presentation at Mayfield School and there will also be an Audience prize, and one or more Finalists will be invited to give a Masterclass at Mayfield School.


There will be an international panel of six Judges who will take into account choice, variety and balance of programme items across all rounds. A very high standard of performance will be expected.

NOTE: Current Students of judges are not allowed to enter the competition

See our 2020 judges here:


  • Round 1. Competitors will be adjudicated by the two Judges of their instrumental section and up to 10 competitors from each section will be selected to go forward to Round 2 (the Semi Final).
  • Round 2. Competitors will be adjudicated by the two Judges of their instrumental section and up to 3 competitors from each section will be selected to play in Round 3 (the Final).
  • Round 3. (The Final). The final competitors will perform before all six Judges who will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each section and the overall winner.

Entry Fee

An entry fee of £95 is required from each competitor, made by bank transfer to the following account:

  • Account Name - Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition
  • Account number - 70496928 - Bank Sort Code - 20 88 13.
  • Bank Name - Barclays Bank
  • Bank Address - 8 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells. Kent, TN1 2TB, England.
  • IBAN GB09 BUKB 2088 1370 4969 28

The fee must be made at the same time as the entry form. Remittances from outside the United Kingdom must be payable in £ sterling, with the fee net of any banking or other expenses.


Wherever possible, and if required, accommodation for the period of the Competition will be provided, free of charge, with host families in the Tunbridge Wells/Mayfield area.


Competitors will be judged on displaying an understanding of a range of different musical languages, periods and style and should present a varied and balanced programme in all three rounds.

Strings and Wind entrants should, if at all possible, travel to the Competition with their regular accompanist to ensure the best performance conditions.

Official Accompanists will be available and competitors resident in the Greater London area must make their own arrangements with the allocated accompanist for rehearsals in the Greater London area before the competition.

For competitors from overseas and from outside the London area rehearsals will be arranged at Mayfield between Tuesday 28th April and Saturday 2nd May. Competitors are responsible for agreeing the fee for rehearsals with their accompanist and paying the fee directly to the accompanist. All performance fees for official accompanists, including a rehearsal on the day of the Final, will be covered by the Competition.