Music Competition for All Ages & Instruments / Singers: 29 September 2018 Dulwich Village, London

You asked for us to include more instruments in our competitions so we are launching our first ever competition for voice and all instruments this September in Dulwich Village. Entries now open. No age limits. All styles of repertoire suitable for inclusion.

Adjudicator: Nathan Holder, saxophonist and author of I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons.

Saturday 29 September. Timetable:

2pm: Book Launch of I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons. This event will include a talk by Nate Holder and a performance of saxophone music plus performances from local young musicians in an informal recital.

3pm – 5pm Music Competition adjudicated by Nate Holder.

There are two classes with free choice of repertoire. Choose ONE piece within the time limit specified. The venue has an upright Kawai acoustic piano.

Grades 0 to 3 (2 minute time limit) –> Click to Enter
Grades 4+ (4 minute time limit) –> Click to Enter

We have created a *new* mailing list for competitors to receive updates by group email. Please sign up to this list once you have booked your ticket: http://eepurl.com/du-Jwb

Please note the revised timetable for the event as the timing on your ticket may be incorrect:

2pm I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons ~ a book reading and performance by Nathan Holder.

2.45pm Grades 0 to 3

4pm Grades 4+

Book Reading with musician Nathan Holder. Nate will adjudicate the two competitions today.

Nate will perform on the saxophone and also discuss his new book I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons. I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons gives you the tools and ideas to help your child succeed along their musical journey.

He has gathered tips from world class musicians to help you to understand how you can give your children an amazing set of lifelong skills, confidence and experiences.

There will also be short performances from musicians of all ages at this event and a giveaway of the book selected from the list of attendees pre-registered for this free event.


If you require an accompanist, please ensure you have contacted Chris or Alex well in advance (see below). Bring a music stand if required as there is not one at the venue.

If you require an accompanist on the day, please get in touch with our Festival Accompanists Chris Dann or Alexandra Kremakova. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist to the event.

Festival Director Lorraine Liyanage


Nathan Holder is a musician and writer based in London. He received his masters in Music Performance from Kingston University in 2017 winning the MMus Prize for Outstanding Achievement and tours around Europe as a saxophonist playing at various events and functions. He wishes he didn’t quit his piano lessons when he was younger.


Calling all musicians! Join us for our first ever competition for voice and all instruments. Free choice of repertoire – pick your best piece to perform and receive feedback from our adjudicators. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Certificates for all competitors.