The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final
A wonderful opportunity to hear the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires – and to cast your vote for the audience prize!
This notable competition, established by the Sheepdrove Trust in 2009, is open to candidates aged 26 and under from the eight major UK music colleges, and attracts young pianists of the highest standard from around the world. The candidates that were selected for May 2020 have been re-invited to take part in this delayed competition weekend which retains an emphasis on Beethoven.
This afternoon’s final features four shortlisted finalists competing for five prizes, before a distinguished panel of judges, all in the tranquil setting of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre on the Lambourn Downs. The overall winner will perform a solo recital in the Corn Exchange on Monday 20 September as part of the Festival’s popular Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series.
David Whelton former Managing Director, Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Lewis International Pianist and leading piano competition juror
Mikhail Kazakevich Russian pianist and Professor of Piano, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
Gordon Fergus-Thompson British pianist and Professor of Piano, Royal College of Music, London
Mark Eynon Director, Newbury Spring Festival
1st Prize: The Kindersley Prize of £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000 donated by Greenham Trust
3rd Prize: £500 donated by the Friends of NSF
4th Prize: £250 donated by an anonymous donor
Audience Prize: £250 donated by an anonymous donor
Sponsored by The Sheepdrove Trust
£20 to include afternoon tea.