General information

Entry to the 2019 Parkhouse Award is now closed. The content below is for information only.

General information

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 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.)

Eligible ensembles are: Duo: violin, viola or cello with piano
Piano trio
Piano quartet

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 2017 and 2018. Performance dates must be provided and a copy of one programme produced for a public concert.


Age limit

Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age on 1 December 2018, with aggregates as follows:

DuosAggregate of 60 years with an upper age of 32
Piano triosAggregate of 90 years with an upper age of 32
Piano quartetsAggregate of 120 years with an upper age of 32

Copies of national identity cards or passports showing date of birth must be provided.


Stage 1 — Submission of completed application form

  • Applicants must provide a fully completed form together with all enclosures by 1 December 2018. Late entries will not be accepted unless arrangements have been made to this effect well before 1 December 2018. Communications received on 1 December 2018 requesting a late application will not be considered.
  • The names of two referees, who must not be family members and who can vouch for your ensemble’s suitability to enter the Award, must be provided. They will be contacted if necessary. Please do not send written references.
  • Entry fee £50 (fifty pounds sterling), not refundable. The preferred method of payment is by bank transfer with charges paid by the sender to:
    GBZ re Parkhouse Award
    Sort code: 40-02-08
    Account: 91177354
    Cash or cheque payments of any denomination other than pounds sterling are not acceptable.
  • Each competitor, or representative of an ensemble, by signing the application form agrees that the ensemble accepts all the requirements of the competition.
  • Applications must be sent by post or courier.
  • Travel expenses, costs of accommodation and rehearsal facilities are to be borne by the applicants.


Stage 2 — Audition, 16 or 17 April 2019 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Candidates who have been successful at Stage 1 will be required to play at an audition. 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, 20 April 2019 at Wigmore Hall

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 only 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 Parkhouse Award reserves the right to allow any stage of the competition to be broadcast or televised.
  • The winning ensemble will mention The Parkhouse Award in all CVs and biographical notes.


The Award concerts

Two concerts take place in prestigious halls in London plus further performances in the UK. The first concert will be at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre on 22 March 2020.

Application form

The 2019 application form is available in pdf and word formats.