Join the ‘Friends of Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival’.

We encourage you to support the great work of the Competition by joining us as a Friend or Patron. The Competition is run entirely through voluntary support and could not take place without the help of people like you. We have a reputation amongst competitors for being one of the friendliest international music competitions, because of our network of host families and volunteers. We would love you to join this network.

The next Competition will form the central event of the Mayfield Festival from 1 to 5 May 2024. The Mayfield Festival has been held every other year in the village for more than 50 years and is recognised globally as one of the UK's premier classical festivals. The Competition started in 1979 and moved to Mayfield in 2016. It has played an important role in the early careers of several internationally celebrated musicians. Past winners include piano virtuoso Paul Lewis, formerly the Competition's President; opera stars Anne Sofie von Otter and Patricia Rozario; great Spanish clarinettist Joan Enric Lluna; Russian pianist Yuri Didenko; and flautist Michael Cox, currently principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

About the Friends and Patrons scheme

The purpose of the Friends and Patrons group is:

  • By joining as a Friend or Patron, people demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the Competition
  • Friends and Patrons can feel valued and involved with the Competition
  • They can feed back their views about the Competition to the Council
  • They can offer to help in running the Competition as hosts, stewards etc.
  • Regular donations from Friends and Patrons help to secure the Competition’s future
  • Friends and Patrons are offered benefits like early booking and season tickets

Whether or not you are already a supporter of the Competition, we hope you will consider joining the Friends group.

You can choose the level of support that you feel is appropriate for you. Friends and Patrons are kept in touch via a bi-annual newsletter, and receive priority booking for Competition events and other benefits as outlined below.

Your level of support Minimum donation What you would receive in recognition of your support
Per year Per Competition
Friend £50 £100 Newsletter, priority booking for Competition and Festival events, discounted entry to selected fundraising events. Festival season ticket available, which gives guaranteed seat availability.
Silver Patron £150 £300 As for Friends, plus invitation to Festival Launch Reception and Closing Reception, plus free programme (giving entry to the first and second rounds). Name acknowledged in Festival programme (unless anonymity preferred).
Gold Patron £350 £700 As for Silver Patrons, plus 40% discount on 2 tickets for the Competition finals. Invitation to reception during the Competition, plus invitations to any private recitals and opportunities to meet with finalists, if space.
Diamond Patron £750 £1,500 As for Gold Patrons, except for 2 free tickets to Competition finals and priority for any private recitals and opportunities to meet finalists.
Platinum Patron £1,500 £3,000 As for Diamond Patrons, except free entry to Competition fundraising events, and invitation to dinner with judges during the Competition.

Potential commercial sponsors or individuals willing to make large donations, are encouraged to approach us to discuss their expectations.

If you are willing to support the Competition as a Gold, Diamond or Platinum Patron, you might like to consider sponsoring a specific prize or event – please contact us to discuss details.

Download the application form


Fundraising has never been more important than in these difficult times. If, like us, you love music and want to help young musicians at the start of their careers, please consider donating now so that we can continue this work.

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Thanks so much for supporting the Competition and enabling us to help nurture the extraordinary talent of international young musicians at a crucial stage in their early careers.

Mary Anderson, Chair