Westbourne Orchestra has run its Concerto Competition every year since 2009 (apart from in 2015) and alternates each year between Youth/U21 Competition and the Adult/21+ Competition.
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.
If you are interested in the opportunity of performing a concerto of your choice with our orchestra, please see the information below which gives details of how to apply to enter the competition.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the Westbourne Orchestra 2018 Adult/21+ Concerto Competition is SIRIUS CHAU who will be playing Ibert's Flute Concerto with the orchestra on Saturday 21st July at St Stephen's Church in Bournemouth!
Thank you to our other three finalists Jinah Shim, Natasha Hall and Patrick Davies for making the standard of the competition so high.
Our four finalists this year are:
Sirius Chau (Winner)
Conductor of Westbourne Orchestra & Assistant Head of Service for Ealing Music Service
Conductor, Double Bass and Percussion
Ian Davies (Head Judge)
Director of Music at Bournemouth University and A-level examiner
Conductor, Double Bass, Piano
Director of Music at Brockenhurst College and Music Teacher at Peter Symonds College
Composer, Conductor, Woodwind, Piano