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

Saturday 29 September 2pm – 5pm
St. Barnabas Parish Hall, 23 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BT

We are launching our first ever competition for voice and all instruments this September in Dulwich Village. Entries have now closed. 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. 2.10pm -5pm.  Doors at 2pm, talk will start shortly after. Competitors are encouraged to attend the whole session. Timings listed below are approximate.

2.10pm: 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 Competitions adjudicated by Nate Holder.

All Instruments Competition ~ 29 September

Due to the popularity of this event, we have adjusted the timings as follows:

2pm: I Wish I Didn’t Quit Music: A talk by Nathan Holder with short performances from local musicians Theo, Lola, George and Monty.

3pm: Grades 0 to 3 competition. List of entrants sent by email on 17/09/18.

4pm: Grades 4+ competition. List of entrants sent by email on 17/09/18.

We recommend you arrive at 2pm to hear Nathan’s talk which will have lots of great motivational tips for young musicians and their parents.

Competition timings are 3pm for the Grades 0-3 class and 4pm for the Grades 4+ class. Whilst we will do our best to ensure the classes start promptly, there may be a slight delay to the start time. Please note the time on your tickets may be incorrect so please use the timings given above as the correct start time. 

There is no access to the venue before 2pm as we need this time to setup. If you are able to volunteer to help with setting up the venue (moving the piano, setting out chairs), please respond to this email. If you are not volunteering, we politely ask that you do not enter the building until a Steward comes to let you in at 2pm. Nathan’s talk will start as soon as as everyone is seated. There will be short performances at the beginning from local musicians plus a performance by Nathan on the saxophone.

Following on from the talk, Nathan will adjudicate two competitions. There are strict time limits of 2 minutes (Grades 0 to 3) and Grades 4+ to include the announcement of your piece title and composer. We were not able to include this information in the printed programme due to a number of incomplete entries. Do ensure you have a copy of the music to hand to Nathan before you play. If you require an accompanist, ensure you have contacted Alexandra by the 20th of September.

Competitors will receive written feedback and a certificate.

This email is the final chance to make any amends to incorrect performer names. Please ensure you check this information carefully and send any edits by 20th September. After this date, it will not be possible to amend your entry. Our festival team are unavailable on email after 3pm on Thursday 27 September.

Venue address: St. Barnabas Parish Hall, 23 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BT
Parking available on nearby streets, no dedicated car park. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

There is no warm-up room available. The venue has a Kawai upright piano.

Food and drink is not permitted in the competition space. 

If you require a music stand, please bring one with you.

Bring a copy of music for the adjudicator and hand to Nathan before you play.

If you have engaged the service of the accompanist, it is your responsibility to ensure they have the correct accompaniment part. There is no time to rehearse on the day but you may arrange this on a separate day if their schedule permits for this.

Do ensure you collect your certificate and marksheet before leaving the venue as copies are not available.

Audience tickets are free and you do not need to book these so please invite friends and family along. Children of all ages welcome although we do ask for silence during the performance to provide the optimum conditions for each competitor and the adjudicator.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 29th September!


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.