Haslemere and 9 Counties String Competition

The closing date is now on January 15 2017. The competition is open to students who are 11-19 who live or go to school in London, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Essex, Kent, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.


The Competition:

There will be a total of two rounds in the competition and the judges will determine which entrants will proceed through to each subsequent round. The judges’ decisions will be final.


First Round

First round March 5th 2017. Candidates, should play any contrasting repertoire for 20 min.


Final Round

The second round is on May 18th 2017 as part of the Haslemere Festival. Candidates should play the first movement of any concerto with Piano.2nd Round | February 26th 2017


The Judges:
Judges for the first three rounds will be drawn from the panel below:
Ishani Bhoola (Chair), Jonathan Barritt, Anna Dryer-Beers, Sarah Malcolm, Clare Thompson, Bozidar Vukotic, Jacky Woods
Joining the panel for the Final Round will be:
Sophie Langdon and Jason Thornton

The Haslemere and 3 Counties String Competition offers talented young players a chance at significant solo concert exposure. With that in mind our judges have all been chosen not only for their extensive experience but also for their ability to offer young players positive, constructive insight and encouragement.


Closing date for entries:

Jan 15th 2017 | Entry fee: £75

For more information or to enter online go to: https://ishanibhoola.com/stringcompetition/

Call 07834 275879 or email any queries to waverleyensemble@gmail.com

Full terms and conditions available at https://ishanibhoola.com/stringcompetition/


Competition Criteria:

1. Entrants must be aged between 11 and 19 years old, determined on the start and finish dates of the competition (so a minimum of 11 years old on January 21st 2017 and a maximum of 19 years old on May 18th 2017).

2. Competitors should provide either evidence of award of Grade 8 (or equivalent standard qualification) or a performance tape demonstrating a suitable level of proficiency if no formal grades have been taken.



The first prize winner will play a concerto with The Waverley Ensemble. All finalists will receive performance opportunities around Surrey or Hampshire.

First round will take place at:

The Royal School,

Farnham Lane, Haslemere

Final Round:

St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere

The Waverley Ensemble is a group of Surrey-based professional musicians, directed by Ishani Bhoola. Together they present varied, interesting and evocative baroque concerts in venues around the county. Each concert aims to create an evocative atmosphere and bring new interpretive understanding to the composer’s work. The ensemble is regularly joined by soloists drawn from Ishani’s wide network of performers.



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    About the judges:

    Ishani Bhoola (Chairman) began studying the violin at the age of seven and her teachers have included Leonard Hirsch, Erich Gruenberg, Jack Glickmann and Tessa Khambatta. She has gone on to play with some of the best known orchestras in the UK and USA. An acclaimed violin teacher, she is an Associate of both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


    Jonathan Barritt studied with Atar Arad and Mischa Geller and is now much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. He has worked with most of the London orchestras, with many chamber groups and has given Quartet concerts with William Pleeth, James Galway and Kiri Ta Kanawa. He is a professor of viola at Junior Academy.


    Anna Dryer-Beers studied with Tessa Khambatta before taking up an orchestral scholarship to study in the USA. She has since followed a successful freelance career as well as touring as a member of Quartet Camera. She works extensively with young performers, teaches both privately and in schools and is a Grade and Diploma examiner for Trinity College London.


    Sophie Langdon is one of Britain’s leading violinists, enjoying a career spanning many fields – solo performances, orchestral leading and directing, chamber music with her own Fourth Dimension String Quartet and concerto performances and recordings with major orchestras worldwide. She has held teaching posts around the world and, for over 20 years, has been professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music.


    Sarah Malcolm started playing the piano at the age of six but found herself drawn to the sound and warmth of the string family. After starting on the violin she discovered she preferred the harmonies of the viola, changing instruments to become the viola player she is today. She teaches violin, viola and piano, and has busy orchestral commitments.


    Clare Thompson performs as leader and co leader of Britain's top orchestras. As sub leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra she’s performed internationally with the world’s greatest conductors. Passionate about teaching young people, she is on the professorial staff of both TrinityLaban Conservatoire and Junior Royal Academy, runs her own private studio and tutors the National Children's Orchestra. Clare was awarded the ARAM for services to music.


    Jason Thornton is Musical Director of Bath Philharmonia. He has conducted many of Britain's finest professional orchestras, youth orchestras and choral ensembles and has also worked extensively with orchestras around the world. During recent seasons he has collaborated with many internationally regarded soloists, including Nicola Benedetti, Natalie Clein, Peter Donohoe, Tim Hugh, Tasmin Little, Ruth Palmer and Jennifer Pike.


    Bozidar Vukotic studied with Stefan Popov, William Pleeth and Alexander Kniazev. He was principal cello with the Oxford Philharmonic and a guest principal with many of the UK's finest orchestras. As founder member of the Tippet Quartet, he performs regularly throughout the UK and internationally and has recorded an extensive discography. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and was recently made an Honorary ARAM.


    Jacky Woods has enjoyed a successful performing career with many well-known UK orchestras and chamber ensembles. Her love for teaching has led her to combine teaching at junior and primary academy with a private teaching practice. She has taught on many courses including National Children’s Orchestra, Summer Strings, National Symphony Orchestra and Stringwise. In 2009 she started the Arpeggione viola courses, offering courses for ages 6-18.

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