Concerto Competition

Our Concerto Competition provides members of KCLSO and students within the KCL Music Department (who play a traditionally non-orchestral instrument, such as piano) with the opportunity to perform a concerto of their choice with a full symphony orchestra; guided by our Musical Director, Jonathan Lo. 


Deadline for applications is Monday 6th January, 2020.


Auditions will be held in February, 2020 in SWB 21 (South-West Block, Strand Campus) in front of a panel of judges.


Auditionees are required to:  
- Send a short CV, covering letter and chosen piece to 
- 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 external panel may then ask the auditionees some questions about the music.
-  Bring their own accompanist and (preferably) scores or copies of the piano reduction for the panel. 

Our upcoming 2019-2020 season will feature last season's winners Alex Dawkins, and Erchao Gu.

Past winners of the competition:

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

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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