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The WOS Concerto Competition

A Chance to Shine

The Westbourne Orchestra has run its annual Concerto Competition since 2009, alternating each year between a youth (under 21) competition and an adult (21+) competition.


About the Competiton

The standard of entry is always extremely high, and we have previously had as many as 36 entries in one year!


Competitors travel from all over the UK ranging from Scotland to Wales, Norfolk to Devon, London to the South Coast, and we have even had competitors from overseas.

The closing date for each year is usually December or January with the initial auditions (currently offered to all applicants) being held towards the end of January. At the audition, each competitor will play one movement from their chosen concerto.

From the auditions, 4 or 5 competitors are selected to perform at a Finalists Concert where they will perform another movement from their chosen concerto (a different movement to that played at the auditions).

Our winner is selected from the finalists, and they will perform their complete concerto with Westbourne Orchestra in their July concert series.

Concerto Competition Update

Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19, the Westbourne Orchestral Society was unable to run the Concerto Competition in 2021 or 2022.

We look forward to welcoming back our 2020 Adult Competition winner Bas Lodewijks to perform Paul Creston's Concerto for Alto Saxophone with our orchestra in our Summer Concert on 9th July 2022.


We would love to hear from anyone interested in taking part in 2023!  


To register your interest, please contact us by clicking on the link above and “Like” our Concerto Competition Facebook page for updates:


WOS Concerto Competition
Wall of Fame

of previous champions

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