Loughborough Schools Foundation Launches Inaugural Music Competitions

Loughborough Schools Foundation is hosting a new series of music competitions for aspiring young musicians in the Midlands who wish to demonstrate their skills in front of a music specialist.

Following the success of the Loughborough Piano Competition in May 2017, the initiative is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to support music-making beyond its campus.

The initiative will bring together musicians in the region from three age groups, under 19, under 15 and under 11, to perform in one of six competitions: percussion, woodwind, singing, brass, strings and piano.

Each musician will get the chance to perform and receive valuable feedback from a leading independent adjudicator for each category. The adjudicator will award the pupil with the greatest mastery of their instrument as a winner for each category.

Mr Ashley Durrant, principal percussionist of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army, will serve as the adjudicator for the percussion competition.

Richard West, Director of Music at Loughborough Schools Foundation, said:

“We have always been keen to make music, in all forms, a major part of our pupils’ lives and we are passionate about ensuring that we encourage this in the wider community as much as possible. As a music department that holds the honour of ‘All-Steinway School’ status, we are really excited to share our facilities and establish the Foundation as a centre of music in the Midlands.”

The inaugural Loughborough Percussion Competition will launch the series on 17 November with applications accepted until Wednesday 7 November, and entry is now open for the other five events.

Details for the other events are below:

  • Loughborough Woodwind Competition, 27 January 2019. Entries by 7 January 2019.
  • Loughborough Singing Competition, 3 February 2019. Entries by 14 January 2019.
  • Loughborough Brass Competition, 3 February 2019. Entries by 14 January 2019.
  • Loughborough Strings Competition, 10 February 2019. Entries by 21 January 2019.
  • Loughborough Piano Competition, 12 May 2019. Entries by 24 April 2019.
A cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each category and the successful musicians will also be invited to perform at the Foundation’s Al Fresco celebration event on 7 July 2019.

If you want to learn more about the individual competitions or apply to be part of one of the events, visit www.lsf.org/music