It is essential that all candidates read this information before completing the application form.
Since 1991, when it made its first award to the Grieg Trio, The Parkhouse Award has been an important chamber music competition, helping ensembles of piano and strings with vital support during the early stages of their career by presenting them in prestigious London concert halls. (See winners for past holders of the Award.)
Three concerts are provided over the course of two years to which those involved in the promotion of classical music in the UK are invited. The competition is open to ensembles living in the UK or overseas who have already assumed, or are ready to assume, all the responsibilities of a professional career and who can demonstrate that they have been performing together regularly during 2015 and 2016. Performance dates must be provided and a copy of one programme produced for a public concert.
Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age on 1 December 2016, with aggregates as follows:
Copies of national identity cards or passports showing date of birth must be provided.
Stage 1 Submission of completed application form
Stage 2 Audition, Spring 2017, at the Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS
Candidates who have been successful at Stage 1 will be required to play at an audition in Spring 2017. Two contrasting pieces are required, one of which must be from the Classical period. If you are playing a work that includes quarter tones you must indicate this on the application form and provide a score on audition day for the jury. Otherwise scores are not required. The repertoire must not be more than 13 minutes at the most. Please do not bring a page turner with you as one is provided.
Stage 3 Finals Concert, Spring 2017 at Wigmore Hall, London W1H 2BP from 2.00pm
Four ensembles will be chosen from the live auditions. Each ensemble performs for a maximum of 30 minutes and therefore the repertoire must be 28 minutes at the most in order to allow for tuning and breaks between pieces. Two works are required and must be entirely different from those performed during Stage 2. For example, if a movement of a trio or quartet is performed during Stage 2 you may not perform that movement or any other movement from the same work at Stage 3, the Finals Concert. A page turner will be provided, please do not bring your own.
Note: Candidates will be heard by different juries at the auditions and finals, but with the same chairman for both juries. Your performance at the audition will not be taken into account when the finals jury reaches its decision. The decisions of either jury are final and are not open to discussion or correspondence.
The Award concerts
Three fully promoted concerts are provided and usually take place during the autumn of the year of the competition plus during spring and autumn of the following year. Thus, for the 2017 competition the concerts should take place in autumn 2017, spring and autumn 2018. Performance fees are not paid for the concerts in London promoted by The Parkhouse Award, but assistance is usually given with travel and accommodation, but this cannot be guaranteed.
To download an application form please click here.