Information and Terms & Conditions for the 2021 Competition

The Information and Terms and Conditions set out below may be subject to change subject to the prevailing advice of the UK Government. The Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition is held 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 aims to support its winners in the early period of their careers; to this end, cash prizes, recital opportunities and performance subsidies are awarded.
The Competition reserves the right to cancel, postpone or otherwise reschedule all or part of the Competition.
Competitors have the right to a full refund of the entry fee if the Competition is cancelled.

Competition Dates

Round One will be held virtually and the Semi Final and the Finals will be held from Wednesday April 28th 2021 to Saturday May 1st 2021 under conditions subject to the prevailing advice of the UK Government. The entry form will be open on 1st January 2021. (http://www.twimc.org.uk/competitors/entry-form/). The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon GMT on 15th February 2021.

The Prizes

The overall winner will be selected from one of the section winners and will receive:
  • The TWIMC crystal trophy.
  • The Overall Winner’s prize of £2,000 (the Hans and Mary Romney Prize).
  • Their section prize of £1,500.
  • A concerto opportunity at the Mayfield Festival in 2023.
The winner of each section will receive a cash prize of £1,500 and a recital opportunity at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The dates for the recitals are to be finalised but they are expected to be in the autumn of 2021. The section winners must be available to play on one of the dates. 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 receive a recital opportunity at Haywards Heath Music Society. There will also be an Audience Prize, and one or more Finalists will be invited to give a Master Class presentation at Mayfield School. Other performance opportunities will be offered in the two years after the Competition. The three section winners will receive support from the Tunbridge Wells Competition Grant Scheme to assist them in getting performance opportunities in the two years following their win. Subject to certain conditions, the Tunbridge Wells Competition Grant Scheme will pay half of the performer’s fees to concert promoters for up to four concerts per winner in each subsidised year.

Competition Sections

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.

1. Competition Stages

Round One - Video Audition

  • A good-quality video recording of the applicant’s Round One recital will be used for selection to Round Two of the competition.
  • The video must contain the two Round One recitals as listed in the competitor’s entry form and must last no longer than 15 minutes.
  • The video must include at least two pieces of contrasting periods or styles to be judged virtually, please refer to the Judging section below.
  • The video image must be taken at a distance close enough to identify the competitor’s face, arms and hands.
  • The recording must be made on or after October 1st 2020; the recital performances may not be edited.
  • Competitors’ video submissions will be adjudicated by the two Judges of their instrumental section during March 2021.
  • Competitors will be advised of the outcome at the end of March 2021.
  • Competitors should be aware that these video recordings may be viewed by Friends, Patrons and Supporters of the Competition for a limited period.
  • Up to eight competitors from each section will be selected to go forward to Round Two.
  • Information on how to set higher sound quality on Zoom can be found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gv8HJ0ndKFc.

Round Two - The Semi Final

  • The Piano Semi Final will be held in Mayfield Village on Wednesday April 28th 2021.
  • The Strings Semi Final will be held in Mayfield Village on Thursday April 29th 2021.
  • The Wind (including Brass) Semi Final in Mayfield Village will be held on Friday April 30th 2021
  • Round Two arrangements are subject to Government guidance on coronavirus infection risks. Competitors will be advised as early as possible if these arrangements need to be changed to comply with prevailing guidance.
  • Competitors will perform a recital programme of up to 20 minutes, to include at least two pieces of contrasting periods or styles.
  • Music already performed in Round One must not be included.
  • Competitors will be adjudicated by the two Judges of their instrumental section.
  • Up to three competitors from each section will be selected to play in Round Three, the Final.

Round Three - The Final

  • The Finals will be held on Saturday May 1st 2021.
  • Finals arrangements are subject to Government guidance on coronavirus infection risks. Competitors will be advised as early as possible if these arrangements need to be changed to comply with prevailing guidance.
  • Competitors will perform a 20-minute recital, of at least two items, to reflect a balanced and selective range of musical styles appropriate to the performer.
  • Music already performed in Rounds One and Two must not be included.
  • Strict time keeping will be enforced in all rounds and competitors who are not ready to perform at their appointed time may be disqualified.
  • Competitors must ensure that their timed programmes do not overrun.
  • Competitors will perform before all six Judges who will select First, Second and Third prize winners in each section and the Overall Winner.
  • One finalist will be awarded the Audience Prize.
Performances may be held with a live audience or by video streaming.

2. Judging

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. Current students of judges are not allowed to enter the competition. The Judges for the 2021 Competition will be: Piano: Sam Haywood; Joanna MacGregor CBE Wind/brass: Katherine Bryan (Flute); John Wallace CBE (Trumpet) (Chair of Judging Panel) Strings: Natalie Clein (Cello); Tasmin Little OBE (Violin)
  • 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 stages of the competition.
  • Competitors are not required to play from memory but if they do so it will be noted in their favour.
  • The decision of the Judges will be final and not open to discussion or correspondence.
  • Certificates of participation will be issued for Rounds Two and Three.
  • Competitors not selected for Round 2 will be given email feedback by the judges.
  • The Competition Management reserves the right to appoint other Judges if this is found to be necessary.

3. Sheet music

  1. Competitors proceeding beyond Round One must provide a good quality electronic copy (in pdf form) of all music played in Round Two and the Final.
  2. When an item in copyright is selected from a publication containing several different works, and is not published separately, competitors may scan the relevant pages to create an electronic copy for the use of the Judges.
  3. No facilities for photocopying will be available at the Competition.
  4. The Competition Management will destroy all electronic copies of copyright material after the event.

4. Practice time

  1. All competitors will be given the opportunity for at least 30 minutes practice time; more practice time will be allowed if extra practice rooms are available.
  2. Competitors in the piano section will be allowed a two minute warm-up on the Competition piano prior to the commencement of their performance.

5. Information for those who applied in 2020

Subject to confirmation, those entrants who applied in 2020 will be eligible to enter the 2021 Competition. However, you will need to complete a new entry form to change your Round One recital as this is now 15 minutes not 20, and at the same time make any changes to your recital programme for Rounds Two and Three and update your biography. You will also need to send us your recording of your Round One recital using one of the processes set out in Section 6 below. Also, please make sure that you have complied with the other entry requirements listed below, e.g. proof of age and recent photograph. Referees may remain the same or be changed, as you wish, but please give full details again. Please contact entries@twimc.org.uk if you have any problems with this.

6. Application process for all entrants

Eligibility

  1. The Competition is open to professional musicians and advanced students.
  2. Competitors must be of concert performance standard who are ready to make a professional career.
  3. Competitors must be aged 16 years or over and not more than 28 years old on May 2nd 2021. NB. This rule will apply only to the 2021 Competition.
  4. The Competition has three streams, Piano, Strings (excluding plucked instruments) and Wind (including brass).
  5. Past Section and Overall winners may not enter.
  6. Current students of judges are not allowed to enter the competition.
  7. Entrants from 2020 will be given priority, subject to meeting the entry requirements. All other entrants will be deal with on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to meeting the entry requirements.
  8. The Competition Management reserves the right to impose a limit on the number of entries in any stream.

Entry form

  1. The entry form will be open for entries from January 1st 2021 on the web page: http://www.twimc.org.uk/competitors/entry-form/
  2. Each competitor must submit a recital programme for each of the three rounds.
  3. At least two works, or two parts of different works, must be performed in each Round.
  4. Timings and complete descriptions (including opus or catalogue numbers and keys) of all works to be played must be clearly and accurately stated on the entry form.
  5. The Competition Management reserves the right to request a re-submission of a competitor’s programme if this requirement is not strictly observed.
  6. No change of programme by a competitor will be permitted after submission of an entry form except in exceptional circumstances.
  7. Round One will be judged virtually and all competitors will be required to transfer a video recording of their Round One recital programme of suitable audio and video quality to videos@twimc.org.uk preferably using either Massive or WeTransfer. Alternatively provide a link to your file in Dropbox. If you wish to use some other method then please first contact us via videos@twimc.org.uk. To avoid any confusion please name your file with your name and section e.g. Yehudi.Menuhin.Strings. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the competitor.
  8. Competitors must also provide:
    • A head and shoulders passport sized photograph suitable for reproduction in the Competition programme in jpeg format.
    • A scan or other image of Birth Certificate, current Passport or other official document, showing the contestant’s date of birth.
    • A short biography in English up to 45 words, or 300 characters.
    • The names of two referees who must not be one of the competition judges.
  9. The completed entry form, plus the entrance fee must be received by the Competition Office on or before 12:00 noon GMT on Monday 15th February 2021. Candidates are strongly advised to submit their entry forms and upload their recordings well ahead of this deadline to avoid problems, as this deadline is non-negotiable.

Entry Fee

An entry fee of £95 is required from each competitor, made payable 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
  • SWIFTBlC BUKBGB22
The fee must be paid 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. Please put the competitor’s name in the Reference field. View the Entry Form.

Administration

  • Final instructions to successful Round One competitors will be sent by email during March 2021 giving date and time of their Round Two performances.
  • Registration times will be notified in the Administration notes sent to each competitor during March 2021.
  • Competitors will be required to register at least one hour before their allotted practice time.
  • Any recordings photographic, audio, video or livestreaming made during the Competition final will remain the copyright of the Competition Management.
  • No fees will be payable to, or consent required from, competitors either for making recordings or for any subsequent use of them.
  • Enquiries regarding the Competition and any further information can be made to: The Entries Coordinator.
  • Web site: www.twimc.org.uk email address: entries@twimc.org.uk.

Accommodation

Due to the likelihood of Covid restrictions, we will only be able to offer accommodation for the period of the Competition to a limited number of Round Two and Three competitors and their accompanists. Competitors should indicate on the entry form if they might require accommodation if they were to proceed to Rounds Two and Three.

Guidance

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.

Accompanists

  • Round One entries can be accompanied or unaccompanied, at the Competitor’s choice.
  • For Rounds Two and Three; 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 for Rounds Two and Three for those without their own accompanist.
  • Competitors resident in the Greater London area must make their own arrangements with the allocated Official Accompanist.
  • Accompanists should bring their own electronic page-turning equipment or should be prepared to turn pages themselves. Page turners will not provided, to reduce coronavirus infection risks.
For competitors from overseas and from outside the London area rehearsals will be arranged at Mayfield between Wednesday 28th April and Saturday 1st 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. Closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon GMT on 15th February 2021. Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered No. 1456829) and a registered Charity (No. 278856).