Terms & Conditions for the 2022 Competition

The Tunbridge Wells International Music 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 aims to support its winners in the early period of their careers; to this end, cash prizes, recital opportunities and performance subsidies are awarded.

Competition Dates

The Competition will take place as part of the Mayfield Festival during the week beginning Monday April 25 2022, the Finals will be held on Sunday May 1 2022.

The entry form will be open on Wednesday December 1 2021 and the closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon GMT on Tuesday February 15 2022.

Competition Sections

There will be three sections: Piano, 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 TWIMC crystal trophy.
  • The Overall Winner’s prize of £2,000 (the Hans and Mary Romney Prize).
  • Their section prize of £1,500.
  • A performance opportunity at the Mayfield Festival in 2024.
  • The winner of the Wind section will receive a recital opportunity with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • The winner of the Piano section will receive a recital opportunity with the Haywards Heath Music Society in September 2022.

The winner of each section will receive a cash prize of £1,500 and a recital opportunity at St. Martin-in-the-Fields or a venue of similar standing in London. The dates for these recitals are to be finalised but they are expected to be in the autumn of 2022. 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.

As a further prize, The three section winners will be invited to give a recital containing works for solos, duets and trios at the 2024 Mayfield Festival.

In addition, 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 Grant Scheme will pay half of the performer’s fees to concert promoters for up to four concerts per winner in each subsidised year.

The Tunbridge Wells Competition Grant Scheme is generously sponsored by The Friends of Music in Mayfield.

The 2022 Competition

1. Competition Stages

Round One

  • Round One will be held from Wednesday April 27 to Friday April 29 2022.
  • Competitors will perform a recital programme of up to 20 minutes, to include at least two pieces of contrasting periods or styles.
  • Competitors will be adjudicated by the two Judges of their instrumental section.
  • Up to eight competitors from each section will be selected to go forward to Round Two – the Semi-Finals.
  • Competitors will be required to register at least one hour before their allotted practice time.
  • Instructions to competitors will be sent by email during March 2022 giving the date and time of their performances.

Round Two - The Semi-Finals

  • The Semi-Finals will be held on Saturday April 30 2022 in three venues.
  • Up to eight Competitors in each section 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 Finals, on Sunday May 1 2022.

Round Three - The Finals

  • The Finals will be held on Sunday May 1 2022.
  • 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.

The Competition reserves the right to cancel, postpone or otherwise reschedule any part or all of the Competition.

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 2022 Competition will be:

Piano: Sam Haywood; Dmitri Alexeev.

Wind/brass: Katherine Bryan (Flute); John Wallace CBE (Trumpet) (Chair of Judging Panel).

Strings: Tasmin Little OBE (Violin); Guy Johnston (Cello).

  • 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.
  • Page turners for competitors will not be provided.
  • Competitors should bring their own electronic page-turning equipment or should be prepared to turn pages themselves.
  • The decision of the Judges will be final and not open to discussion or correspondence.
  • Certificates of participation will be issued for all rounds.
  • Competitors not progressing to the finals will be given 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 must provide the Judges with one (printed or digital) copy of all music played.
  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 (in pdf form) for the use of the Judges.
  3. No facilities for photocopying will be available at the Competition.
  4. The Competition Management will destroy all copies of copyright material after the event.

4. Practice time and Accompanists

Practice time

  • 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.
  • Competitors in the piano section will be allowed a two minute warm-up on the Competition piano prior to the commencement of their performance.

Accompanists

  • At all stages of the Competition, String and Wind competitors may perform unaccompanied or with piano accompaniment at the competitor's choice.
  • Strings and Wind entrants should, if possible, travel to the Competition with their regular accompanist to ensure the best performance conditions.
  • Official Accompanists will be available for those without their own accompanist.
  • Competitors are responsible for agreeing and paying the fee with their Official Accompanist for any practise and rehearsals prior to registering for Round One of the Competition at Mayfield.
  • Competitors resident in the Greater London area will be allocated an Official Accompanist and must make their own rehearsal arrangements.
  • Competitors from overseas and from outside the London area will be allocated an Official Accompanist and must make their own rehearsal arrangements in Mayfield between Wednesday April 27 and Saturday April 30.
  • Performance fees for Official Accompanists for all rounds of the Competition, including a rehearsal on the day of the Final, will be covered by the Competition.
  • Subject to availability, page turners will be provided for all accompanists in all Rounds of the Competition however, priority will be given to the Official Accompanists in the first instance.

5. Information for those who applied in 2020 or 2021

Subject to the usual entry requirements, those entrants who applied in 2020 or 2021 will be eligible to enter the 2022 Competition on condition that:

  1. They do not exceed the upper age limit criteria i.e. not more than 27 years old on May 1st 2022 and,
  2. They do not repeat the recital they submitted in the 2021 Interim Competition.

Competitors must make sure that they 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, but please give full details again.

Contact entries@twimc.org.uk if you have any problems with this.

6. Application process for all entrants

The entry form will be open on Wednesday December 1 2021 and will close at 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday February 15 2022.

Eligibility

  1. The Competition has three streams, Piano, Strings (excluding plucked instruments) and Wind (including brass).
  2. The Competition is open to professional musicians and advanced students.
  3. Competitors must be of concert performance standard who are ready to make a professional career.
  4. Competitors must be aged 16 years or over and not more than 27 years old on May 1 2022. Entrants above or below these age limits may not enter the Competition.
  5. Past Section and Overall winners may not enter the Competition, but Distinction and Merit Certificate winners from 2021 may enter providing that they meet other eligibility requirements.
  6. Current students of the 2022 Judges may not enter the Competition.
  7. Entrants from 2020 and 2021 will be given priority subject to meeting the entry requirements.
  8. All other entrants will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to meeting the entry requirements.
  9. The Competition Management reserves the right to impose a limit on the number of entries in any section.

Entry Form

  1. Each competitor must submit a recital programme for each of the three rounds as follows:
    • At least two works, or two parts of different works, must be performed in each Round.
    • 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.
    • The Competition Management reserves the right to request a re submission of a competitor’s programme if these requirements are not strictly observed.
    • No change of programme by a competitor will be permitted after submission of an entry form, except in exceptional circumstances.
  2. 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 as set out below.
  3. The entrance fee of £95.00; see below.
  4. The completed entry form, plus the entrance fee must be received by the Competition Office on or before 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday February 15 2022.

Referees

  1. All competitors must be supported by two referees, who must not be one of the Competition Judges.
  2. The names of the referees and their email addresses must be inserted into the appropriate boxes in the application form. Should any problems arise, please mention this in the comments box.
  3. It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that referees send references to: entries@twimc.org.uk within two weeks of the closing date.
  4. Competitors cannot be accepted until their references have been received.
  5. If there any queries about references, please contact entries@twimc.org.uk

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

Those 2020 entrants who did not request a refund of their entry fee and who did not enter the 2021 Interim Competition and may request a full refund if they do not intend to enter the 2022 Competition; alternatively, if they do enter the 2022 Competition then their retained fee will be used in full to cover the entry fee of £95.

Those 2020 entrants who did not request a refund of their entry fee following the cancellation of the Competition and who entered the 2021 Interim Competition and may request a full refund of the £65 balance of their fee if they do not intend to enter the 2022 Competition; alternatively, if they do enter the 2022 Competition then their retained fee of £65 will be put towards the entry fee of £95, requiring an additional payment of £30.

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.

Administration

  • Competitors will be sent a notification by email during March 2022 giving the date and time of their Round One performances.
  • Registration times will be notified in the Administration notes sent to each competitor during March 2022.
  • 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: entries@twimc.org.uk.
  • Competition Website: www.twimc.org.uk.

The closing date for entries is 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday February 15 2022.