The application deadline was 1 April.

Past information is shown below for reference. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 Competition.

You can find all information concerning the competition – including repertoire and prizes – from the menu to the right of this text (if you are using a desktop computer) or at the bottom of this page (if you are using a smaller screen).

Please check the Timetable, and note that all parts of your application must be submitted by 1 April 2021 (and not 26 March as previously advertised).

Please ensure you read the Conditions of Entry. Note that to be eligible for these competitions, you must have been born after 17 July 1988.

There are four stages in the application process as follows:

Stage 1: Create a ‘Cloud’ based folder (Google Drive, One Drive or similar) and generate an associated link, please name this folder {Your name}_IOF2021.  

Stage 2:  Make Payment. Our payment gateway is the simplest and preferred method. It accepts payment by credit card, debit card or Paypal. If you need to pay by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Money Order, please see clause 4 of the Conditions of Entry.

Stage 3:  Complete and submit the online application form (found lower down this page) with your personal details and the link to your ‘Cloud’ folder.

Stage 4: Place your files (music files, pdf’s of supporting documents and jpg of your photograph) in your ‘Cloud’ folder;  these do not all need to be available at the time you submit your application, but must be available by the closing date of 1 April 2021.

The required files are:

a) Audio music files for the Pre-selection Round;

b) A statement signed by a professional musician stating that he/she witnessed your performances for the recorded Pre-Selection Round;

c) A Letter of Recommendation from your teacher or other professional musician;

d) A 150 word biography;

e) A ‘head and shoulders’ photograph, colour and high resolution (a jpg of 1Mbyte or more should give the resolution required);

f) document(s) giving any other relevant information about you which is not included in your biography.

If for any reason you have difficulties making your application on-line, please contact the Competitions Secretary:

If you do not have a suitable ‘Cloud’ filing system on your PC, you may use to send the files to

Your audio recordings should be of “CD Quality” and supplied as native WAV files or encoded using FLAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless). Each piece should be a separate file. Ensure that each file is named including the piece and your own name: e.g. Bach_YourName.FLAC

Other documents should be supplied using standard formats, preferably pdf and jpg.

If you are successful in the pre‑selection round and selected to compete in the online competition, your name, 150‑word biography and the photograph which you supply will be published in the Festival Brochure.

Stage 2: pay the fee

Interpretation Competition (reduced fee £25)

Stage 3: complete the Application Form below

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement after submitting your Application Form. 

If you do not receive a personal acknowledgement from the Competitions Secretary within three days, you should contact or telephone +44 7860 362173.