Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition

2018 Rules

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 2018.

2. Applications can be completed online or submitted by post. Applications must be received no later than 16.00 hours on Sunday, 25th February 2018. The BIMC acting through its Music Manager may, at its discretion, reject applications although they meet the requirements stated below.

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:

- Two short video recordings (no longer in total than 6 minutes in length) in the format set out in the Application Form of you performing two pieces or excerpts from two pieces, of contrasting styles.

– A recent hi-resolution photograph of yourself suitable for inclusion in the programme.

– A detailed C.V. of your musical career under the given headings provided in the application form:-

– A formal reference from your instrumental teacher, confirming that your musical standard and solo recital experience are appropriate for entry to the competition under Rule 3. (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. The music chosen for performance in the Finalists' Concert should seek to engage and entertain a live public audience. 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)
– Semi-Final: 20 minutes. (Friday)
– Final (Finalists’ Concert) 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 that of 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 Application Form. However, competitors can alter a maximum of one piece per round if the Music Manager is informed by 16.00 hours on Friday 29th March 2019 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 1968.

8. Competitors who are bringing their own accompanists must supply their details as required 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 £30 payable by the Accompanist as set out in Rule 12. All accompanists for the prize must send a short CV, proof of age (photo/scan of passport, national ID card or driving licence) together with their address, phone number and a recent high resolution photograph. 

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. A Bosendorfer 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.

11. 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.

12. There is an entry fee for applicants of £50. If the accompanist is aged 25 and under and wishes to enter for the Accompanists’ Prize there is an entry fee of £30 payable. These should be paid online via the Application Form direct to the BIMC bank account (Sort Code 30-63-94 and Account Number 30002260) as part of the application process.

In case of difficulty, please contact In exceptional circumstances bank transfers may be made. 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 applicant has been notified of acceptance as a competitor it will be non-refundable.

13. Competitors and their accompanists will be accommodated without charge mainly in ensuite rooms for the duration of the competition at Bromsgrove School, providing a request is made in the Application Form. They will also be provided with meals. They may arrive during the day before they are due to play in the first round (see Rules 14 & 15). Once eliminated competitors will be able to stay until the following morning after their elimination when they will be expected to leave by 10.00 hours.

14. 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 Concert Hall. A Bosendorfer grand piano is provided but Competitors must bring any other instrument they wish to perform on. Percussionists should consult the Music Manager as to what might be available.

15. Competitors are responsible for their own transport to and from the competition. Parking is available for competitors who come by car.

16. 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 Musicians’ Competition.

17. 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. The Winner of the Accompanists' Prize may not enter for that prize again in a subsequent year.

19. The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition reserves the right to amend any of the entrance qualifications and rules stated.


The 2019 Competition will be held from 9th to 13th April in Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School. The Finalists' Concert will take place on the evening of Saturday, 13th April at 7.00pm.

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