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 2020 competition will will form the central event of Mayfield Festival, which itself runs from Sunday 26 April to Sunday 10 May. Mayfield Festival has been held every other year in the village for almost 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, now 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.

By joining us as a Friend or Patron, you can demonstrate your ongoing commitment to the Competition. The Council works in partnership with our Friends and Patrons to:

  • Make you feel valued and involved with the Competition.
  • Listen to your views about the Competition, so that we can learn and improve.
  • Involve you as volunteers during the Competition as hosts, stewards and helpers.
  • Give you opportunities to meet the aspiring young musicians who take part in the Competition.
  • Secure the Competition's future through regular donations from Friends and Patrons.
  • Offer you benefits like early booking, season tickets and participation in events.

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 feels appropriate for you. Friends and Patrons will be kept in touch via a bi-annual newsletter, will receive priority booking for Competition events and other benefits as outlined below.

Your level of support Minimum donation pa What you would receive in recognition of your support:
Friend £25 Newsletter, priority booking for Competition events.
Silver Patron £100 As above, plus two free tickets to preliminary rounds, incuding semi-finals. Name acknowledged in Competition programme (if desired).
Gold Patron £250 As above plus 40% discount on two tickets for finals, and invitation to a reception during the Competition. Name acknowledged in Competition programme, against sponsored items (if desired).
Diamond Patron £1,000 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 or Diamond Patron, you might like to consider sponsoring a specific prize or event as shown in the list below.

We are open to discussing other ideas for your patronage of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival. If you would like to discuss sponsorship further please contact Jonnie Jones, Chair of Mayfield Festival and Council member for the Competition, at:

We would very much encourage you to complete the attached form to become a member of 'Friends of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival', and return it to the address at the bottom of the form. If you have any questions about the Friends, please contact Mary Anderson, Friends Secretary at or 01892 617007.

Thank you again for all the support and help you continue to give the Competition. We hope to see you at the Competition and other Mayfield Festival events in April/May.

Yours sincerely

Mary Anderson
Chair, Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival

Sponsorship opportunities for Gold and Diamond Patrons

Item Cost
Winner of the piano section £1,500
Winner of string section £1,500
Winner of woodwind and brass section £1,500
Second prize for piano section £1,000
Second prize for string section £1,000
Second prize for woodwind and brass section £1,000
Third prize for piano section £500
Third prize for string section £500
Third prize for woodwind and brass section £500
Piano concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
String concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
Woodwind or brass concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
Concerto opportunity with Tonbridge Philharmonic £750
Concerto opportunity at the following Mayfield Festival £750
Masterclass and recital Mayfield School £200

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