Royal Birmingham Conservatoire:
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall where the Andrew Downes Performance Prize takes place. Photo by Elliott Brown
Well-respected as a composer around the world, the prize requires entrants to perform a programme of Andrew Downes’s music along with that of other British composers born after 1949, as they compete to win an impressive cash prize and recital opportunity.
Next competition date:
Wednesday 14th March, 2022
More details on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire website
- Date of competition: 4th March 2020 from 19:00 – 22:00 in the Recital Hall
- Closing date for entry: 5th February 2020
- Open to all vocal, instrumental and conducting undergraduates (except first years) and postgraduates. Open to soloists and ensembles
- In exceptional circumstances, groups including a recent graduate(s) may be permitted to enter. It is the ensemble's responsibility to ensure that permission is sought from the competition organiser before their application is accepted
- Students should submit programmes of 40 minutes to include at least 12 minutes of music by Andrew Downes; the rest of the programme should be of music by British composers born after 1949
- Where there is no suitable work by Andrew Downes (e.g. there are no large scale works for trombone, bassoon or trumpet), it is acceptable to transcribe other works by him
- The Organiser will select a programme of around 30 minutes that will include the Downes’ composition
- A preliminary round is held if necessary
- An opportunity is sought for the winner to perform all or part of the programme in one of the Conservatoire’s concert series.
2014: The Belgrave String Quartet, performing String Quartet No.1
2015: Andrew Randall, baritone, performing Casterbridge Fair Song Cycle
2016: Domonkos Csabay, pianist, performing 7 Preludes for Piano
2017: Edward Leung, pianist, performing Piano Sonata No.1
2020: Curzon Brass, performing Suite for Brass Quintet No.1
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