BFS Competitions 2019
Regent Hall, The Salvation Army, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9:00am - 9:00pm
We are delighted to announce that the BFS Competitions 2019 are taking place on:
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9am - 9pm
Regent Hall, The Salvation Army, London (Oxford Street W1C 2DJ)
Audience members can watch the Competitions for free. All welcome!
The Competitions rules and the online application form can be found further down this page.
CATEGORIES, PRIZES & ADJUDICATORS
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.
We are delighted to have secured a fantastic range of prizes for our Competitions winners. The full list of prizes will be announced very shortly.
BFS School Performer and BFS Young Performer: Lisa Nelsen and Alena Walentin
BFS Young Artist: Ileana Ruhemann and Jonathan Rimmer
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 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 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 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
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Applications are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment!
HOW TO APPLY
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
APPLY EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!