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Awards 2016

The Junior Recital and Intermediate Recital classes in the piano, strings, woodwind and brass sections offer the opportunity to perform a programme of two or three contrasting pieces. Winners of both Junior and Intermediate Recital classes are invited to perform in the Festival concert at which they will be presented with an engraved award.

The Senior Recital classes in all sections offer the opportunity to perform a fifteen minute programme of contrasting pieces. Those who win these classes and achieve an “outstanding” grade can be awarded the title Farnham Young Musician 2016. A cash prize of £100 will be presented to the Farnham Young Musician Award winners who perform one piece from their programme in the Festival Concert on Sunday 11th December.

Since 2013 Grayshott Concerts, who generously sponsor our Festival concert, have offered a special prize of a performance opportunity with Grayshott
to one of the winners of a Farnham Young Musician Award. This superb prize may be offered again in 2016 if the representatives of Grayshott Concerts feel there is a suitable performer amongst the Young Musician Award winners performing at the Festival Concert on December 11th.


2016 will be the third year of the Tilford Bach Baroque Awards. The Tilford
Bach Society have generously donated three awards of £50 each for a high
standard of performance of Baroque music in Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. The Tilford Bach Baroque Awards rotate around the four sections of the Festival. In 2016 they will be in the piano section.

The Peckham Memorial Awards will not be available in 2016. In 2016 entrants in the string section will be eligible for the £50 Farnham Lions Award which rotates each year through the four sections of the Festival. The adjudicator of the string section will select winners of the award at the conclusion of all classes. The winner will be invited to attend the Festival concert to receive their Award. 

A new award for choirs, the Mary Joynes Memorial Choral Award, was created by the committee of the Farnham Competitive Music Festival in 2014. Mary Joynes founded the Farnham Girls’ Choir in 1947. As well as extensive performances in the UK, the choir travelled to Europe and the USA. Mary Joynes passed away in August 2012 in her 96th year. Read more about her here. This award of £100 will be made to a choir selected by the adjudicator of the singing section classes.

Singers are also able to compete for the Sheila Armstrong Award for the
Most Promising Young Singer. Sheila Armstrong won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier and Mozart Prizes and became a major international artist. In 2004 she generously donated the Sheila Armstrong Award for the Most Promising Young Singer at the Farnham Competitive Music Festival and has returned to present the award in person on many occasions. The winner of this trophy is selected by the singing section adjudicator at the close of the singing classes. There are no particular entry requirements. The winner will be invited to perform in the Festival concert at which the presentation will be made.

The 2016 Festival will be the sixth year of the June Fielding Bursary. June Fielding (1928–2011) was one of the founders of the Farnham Competitive Music Festival and secretary of Farnham Classic Concerts. The bursary of up to £500 will be awarded to a more advanced student who is intending to develop a career in the music profession, in order to support their studies. The winner will be announced at the Festival concert.

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