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Concerto Competition

Our Concerto Competition provides members of KCLSO and students within the KCL Music Department with the opportunity to perform a concerto or showpiece of their choice with a full symphony orchestra; guided by our Musical Director, Ondrej Soukup. 


Deadline for applications is Thursday 30th January, 2022.


Auditions will be held on Sunday 27th February 2022 in front of a panel of judges.

The concerto competition has two categories:

Category 1: One movement of a concerto OR a Showpiece lasting no more than 15 minutes. The winner of this category will play their 15 minute solo piece on Tour.

Category 2: Please prepare one movement of a concerto to play in audition. The winner will perform the whole concerto in our 2022 Winter concert.

Applicants are welcome to apply for both categories with the same piece or with two different piece. If choosing to audition with same piece, please be prepared to only play one movement of your concerto if selected as the winner for category 1.

 Auditionees are required to: 
- Fill out this application form:
- Prepare at least one movement from their chosen concerto, that they feel can represent the concerto as a whole. They can also prepare any other sections of the work to showcase other aspects of the concerto if they feel necessary. This should amount to no more than 15 minutes worth of music. The panel may then ask the auditionees some questions about the music.
-  If you are auditioning with a showpiece for category 1, please be prepared to perform the whole piece in the audition.

-  Bring their own accompanist and (preferably) scores or copies of the piano reduction for the panel. 

Please fill out this application form by 30th January 2022:

Past winners of the competition:

Alexander Dawkins performing Khachaturian's Violin Concerto at the KCLSO December concert 2019

Stefan Cunningham (flute), one of the winners of the competition.

Stefan Cunningham rehearsing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto with the orchestra in the final concert of the Summer tour 2017 in Cologne. Photo Credits to Lia Breingan

Debbie Barnes performing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in April 2017. Photo Credits to Katie Edwards

December Concert 2016 at the St Pancras Church, Euston.

Lantian Gu playing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Photo Credits to Liz Isles

Rehearsal May 2016 – Alanna Macfarlane playing Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon

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