BFS Competitions 2019

Regent Hall, The Salvation Army, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9:00am - 9:00pm


Performance times 

School Performer: 9.30-11.30am
Young Performer: 12.15-3pm
Young Artist: 4-9pm
(times may be subject to slight change on the day)


The BFS' annual Competitions is a chance to enjoy a selection of wonderful music played by the best up-and-coming flute talent. Audience members are very welcome - it's free to attend and you're welcome to pop in and out!

This year the stall at the Competitions will be provided by Just Flutes - with lots of instruments and accessories to try out!


CATEGORIES, PRIZES & ADJUDICATORS

CATEGORIES

SCHOOL PERFORMER - Application fee: £60

Approximate standard: Grade 5 or above.

This competition is open to flute players aged 13 years and under on 31 August 2019. Competitors should play a piece or pieces of their own choice and the performance as a whole (incl. breaks) must not exceed 5 minutes. The title of the piece(s) must be submitted upon application.

YOUNG PERFORMER - Application fee: £60

Approximate standard: Grade 7-8 or above

This competition is open to flute players aged 14-18 years on 31 August 2019. Competitors should play a piece or pieces of their own choice and the performance as a whole (incl. breaks) must not exceed 7 minutes. The title of the piece(s) must be submitted upon application.

YOUNG ARTIST - Application fee: £65

Approximate standard: Grade 8 or above

This competition is particularly suitable for those studying at a higher level, aged 19-24 years on 31 August 2019. Competitors should play a piece or pieces of their own choice and the performance as a whole (incl. breaks) must not exceed 8 minutes. The title of the piece(s) must be submitted upon application.

PRIZES

We are delighted to have secured a fantastic range of prizes for our Competitions winners. The BFS would like to thank all our prize sponsors for their most generous support.

BFS School Performer 2019
First Prize:
· Just Flutes Prize: £100 voucher
· Yamaha Prize: metronome, tuner and flute mat
· BFS School Performer First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

Second Prize:
· Wonderful Winds Prize: £50 voucher
· BFS School Performer Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

Third Prize:
· Beaumont Music Prize: Flute case
· BFS School Performer Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

BFS Merit Medals: two BFS School Performer Merit Medals will be awarded.

BFS Young Performer 2019
First Prize:
· Pearl Flutes Prize: PFP-105E Piccolo
· BFS Young Performer First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

Second Prize:
· Top Wind Prize: £75 voucher
· BFS Young Performer Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

Third Prize:
· June Emerson Wind: £50 voucher
· BFS Young Performer Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

BFS Merit Medals: Two BFS Young Performer Merit Medals will be awarded.

BFS Young Artist 2019
First Prize:
· Haynes Prize: Amadeus Alto Flute
· BFS Young Artist First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth and swab

Second Prize:
· Just Flutes Prize: £250 voucher
· BFS Young Artist Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth

Third Prize:
· All Flutes Plus Prize: £75 voucher
· BFS Young Artist Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth

ADJUDICATORS

BFS School Performer and BFS Young Performer: Lisa Nelsen and Alena Walentin

BFS Young Artist: Ileana Ruhemann and Jonathan Rimmer

Lisa Nelsen
Described by The Times as ‘a flautist and a half’, Lisa Nelsen is internationally recognised for her versatility as a flute soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, educator and mentor in performance practices. She grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada, and fed on all kinds of music, from opera to rock to jazz. Her flute and harp duo with Eleanor Turner, Aquilae, has performed to packed audiences across the UK. She is a member of Continuum Ensemble in London; The Harborough Collective, a chamber ensemble led by internationally acclaimed violinist David Le Page; and most recently formed a trio with cellist Julian Metzger and pianist Paul Turner in Enigma14.

Lisa gives concerts and masterclasses in venues across the UK, Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong and is a Professor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music in London, teaching flute and coaching wind chamber groups and the orchestral winds. Lisa was the Specialist Flute Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for more than 15 years, and is a BFS Council member. Lisa is an artist for Yamaha Classical Division International playing a 14k 900series flute.

Alena Walentin
Alena Walentin is a concert flautist, an Altus Artist, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yeomen Artist of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She is a recipient of numerous prizes such as 1st prizes at the British Flute Society’s Competitions, International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” and Royal Academy of Music flute competition. She has also won several prestigious awards including the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award and the “Wolfson Foundation Award”. In 2014 Alena became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music receiving an honorary award for her contribution to music.

Alena teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Royal Academy of Music, City University of London and at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her orchestral playing includes appearances as a Principal flute with the Royal Opera House,The Hallé Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and many others, and she has given solo and chamber recitals across the world and is signed with international music agency Granvig Artists.

Ileana Ruhemann
Ileana was educated at the Purcell School and studied the flute with Judith Pearce. She became principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra and won an instrumental exhibition at Cambridge University, where she read Music. On graduating, she won the only place open to foreign flautists at the Paris Conservatoire in 1983 and studied there with Alain Marion and Raymond  Guiot. She was also awarded scholarships by the French Government, Munster Trust, Martin Fund, and Ian Fleming Charitable Trust. She won the prestigious National Federation of Music Societies' Award for young concert artists, appeared in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series, and was chosen to join the Live Music Now scheme.

Ileana has been Principal Flute of the BBC Concert Orchestra since 1989, a position she has combined with a career as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of the leading chamber ensemble Capricorn and continues to play as a member of  the ensembles Jeux, Fibonaci and Gemini. She has given solo recitals for BBC Radio 2 and 3 and has made many appearances as concerto soloist on the South Bank and at St John's, Smith Square. She has played as guest Principal Flute in most orchestras in the UK. Ileana has had works written for her by composers ranging from Stanley Black to John Tavener.

Jonathan Rimmer
Jonathan Rimmer studied at the RNCM, was a finalist in the Shell LSO Competition and in 1990 won the woodwind section of BBC Young Musician of the Year. As a soloist he has toured twice with the European Community Chamber Orchestra and in America at venues such as the Lincoln Centre, Time Warner Centre and the United Nations, New York. He has performed in many festivals including City of London Festival, Chichester Festival, and extensively throughout the UK.

Jonathan is a founder member and Principal flute with the groundbreaking Ensemble Cymru with whom he has worked for nearly twenty years, during which time he has premiered many new works and been closely involved with furthering the Ensemble’s position as the leading light of Welsh chamber music. Jonathan has broadcast for national radio and television and toured the Middle East, USA, and Mexico where he was also invited to be tutor at the Mexican International Flute Festival. Jonathan is in great demand as a teacher with posts including Birmingham Conservatoire, Bangor University, and Junior RNCM. He is a BFS Council member.

* Adjudicators subject to change


DEADLINE

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Applications have now closed and the competition is fully subscribed - if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case any places become available, please email competitions@bfs.org.uk


COMPETITIONS RULES

Click here for the Competitions Rules.


 

HOW TO APPLY

Click here to complete the online application form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to apply for the BFS Competitions you first need to be a member of the BFS. If you are not already a member, please join the British Flute Society.

You should receive acknowledgement by email of your application - please contact us if you have not had this email within a few days of submitting the online application form.

If you would like to apply by post, please print and post the application form found in the Competitions flyer.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 22nd January 2019

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