Rules for the 2017 Competition, subject to revision for 2018

  1. The Competition is open to all instrumentalists, pianists and singers, except for organists, of any nationality who are at least 18, and no older than 25 (28 for singers) on 1st May 2017.
  2. Applications can be completed online or submitted by post. Applications must be received no later than 16.00 hours on Sunday 26th February 2017. The organisers acting through their Music Manager may accept or reject applications at their discretion.
  3. Applicants must have attained an advanced standard at least equivalent to Conservatoire entrance level and sufficient to sustain a career as a professional performer. Your entry must be accompanied by the following:
    – A recent hi-resolution photograph of yourself suitable for inclusion in the programme.
    – A detailed C.V. / resumé of your musical career using the following headings: MUSICAL EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS & PRIZES; SOLO EXPERIENCE; ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE; OTHER EXPERIENCE
    –  A formal reference from your instrumental teacher, confirming your musical standard and experience are appropriate for entry to the competition. (Your teacher can send this direct to with subject line “Your name – Musical Standard Reference”.)
    – Proof of age – photo/scan of passport, national ID card or driving licence.
  4. Applicants are required to submit the programme of music they intend to play in each round of the Competition in which they are selected to play. Competitors may repeat as many pieces as they wish from one round to the next or not at all. The programmes must include pieces of contrasting styles and periods. All music chosen is subject to approval by the Music Manager. Your programme for each round must not exceed the following time limits:
    – Preliminary Round: 15 minutes (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday morning)
    – Semi-Final: 20 minutes. (Thursday afternoon & Friday)
    – Final (Finalists’ Concert with 3 Competitors) 25 minutes. (Saturday evening)
    It is imperative for Competitors to keep to these time limits.
  5. Competitors must provide the Music Manager on the day of their first performance (not before) and each subsequent performance with a score including accompaniment of each piece of music to be performed in that round.  For the avoidance of doubt, it is the competitor’s personal responsibility to ensure that there is no infringement of copyright in the submission and/or use of any photocopy.
  6. The programme of music the competitor has selected to perform in each round of the Competition must be entered on the entry form. However, competitors can alter a maximum of one piece per round if the Music Manager is informed by 16.00 hours on Friday 31 March 2017 at the latest.
  7. Competitors who wish to enter for the Sir John Manduell Prize must indicate on the application form which piece of music (maximum 7 minutes duration) from their 15 minute Preliminary Round Programme they wish to nominate as their entry piece. The piece must have been composed (not arranged) since 1950.
  8. Competitors who are bringing their own accompanists must supply their details on the application form. If the accompanist is aged 25 and under and wishes to enter for the Accompanists’ Prize there is an entry fee of £20 payable by the accompanist as set out in Rule 11 and they must send proof of age – photo/scan of passport, national ID card or driving licence.
  9. Competitors who wish to have the facility of an official accompanist provided for no charge in the Preliminary Round must indicate that request on the application form and also then arrange with their allocated accompanist any rehearsal times.  Should the competitor reach the semi-final and final round they must make their own financial arrangement with their allocated accompanist.
  10. Competitors will be advised shortly after the closing date whether they have been accepted and the date and time of their performance in the preliminary round. Similarly, shortly after the end of the preliminary round competitors will be informed of those through to the semi-final round. The playing order of competitors for all the rounds will be determined by the Music Manager.
  11. There is an entry fee for competitors of £50. Transfers may be made to the BIMC bank account using sort code 30-63-94 and Account 30002260.  In case of difficulty, please contact our administration.  The fee must be in our bank account within 7 days of the closing date for your application to be considered. The entry fee for the competitor (and their accompanist if he/she has paid an entry fee) will be refunded if the entry is not accepted, but once the competitor has been notified of acceptance it will be non-refundable.
  12. Competitors and their accompanists will be accommodated without charge in ensuite single rooms for the duration of the competition at Bromsgrove School, providing a request is made in the application form. They may arrive during the day before they are due to play in the first round (see Rules 12 & 13). Once eliminated competitors will be able to stay until the following morning after their elimination when they will be expected to leave by 11.00 hours.
  13. Competitors must arrive between the hours of 11.00 and 20.00 hours and at least 2 hours before their allocated performance time.  If they arrive on a competition day they must notify their arrival to the competitors’ marshall at the door of the Routh Hall. Only a Steinway grand piano is provided. Competitors must bring any other instrument they wish to perform on. Percussionists should consult the Music Manager as to what might be available.
  14. Competitors are responsible for their own transport to and from the competition. Parking is available for competitors who come by car.
  15. Competitors agree unconditionally that their competition performance(s) may be recorded or broadcast in any media form by the Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition for use at the Trustees’ discretion wholly or in part, without payment of any fee to the competitor, to promote the Competition and/or to raise funds to support the Competition.  For the avoidance of doubt copyright in such recordings shall be the intellectual property of The Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition.
  16. Competitors agree that their email addresses may be passed onto other competitors unless competitors indicate otherwise in their application forms.
  17. No competitor shall make contact with the media for the duration of the competition.
  18. As a matter of custom and rule no First Prize Winner may enter the Competition again in a subsequent year. The winner of the Sir John Manduell Prize may not enter for that Prize again in a subsequent year but may enter the main Competition.
  19. The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition reserves the right to amend any of the entrance qualifications and rules stated.