Piano Accompaniment Competition

 (no age restriction)

Preliminary Stage

To be held on the 16/17 October, 2021

Competitors must prepare one work from categories (a) and (b):

Category A: A work for flute and piano chosen from the following three lists:

  1. Francis Poulenc: ‘Cantilena’ and ‘Presto giocoso’ (Movements 2 and 3) from the Sonata for flute and piano
  2. Bohuslav Martinů: ‘Allegro moderato’ (Movement 1) from Sonata No.1, H. 306
  3. Charles-Marie Widor: ‘Moderato’ and ‘Scherzo’ (Movements 1 and 2) from Suite Op. 34

Category B: Two songs for tenor and piano chosen from one of the following lists:’ 

  1. Clara Schumann: ‘Liebst du um Schönheit’ 12 No. 4 (D flat major) and ‘Die Lorelei’ (G minor)
  2. Fanny Mendelssohn: ‘Die Mainacht’ 9 No. 6 (E flat major) and ‘Frühling’ Op. 7 No. 3 (F sharp major)
  3. Morfudd Llwyn Owen: ‘Gwanwyn’ (F major) and Grace Williams: ‘Watching the Wheat/Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn’ (E major)

If you have difficulty accessing any of the above test pieces please contact the office 01286 685256

Four accompanists will be admitted to the Final Stage.

Final Stage

To be held on the 18 October 2021 

Competitors must prepare one work from categories (a), (b), and (c):

Category A: The opening movement from one of the following Piano and Violin Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven:

  1. ‘Allegro vivace’ from the Sonata in A major op. 12 No. 2
  2. ‘Presto’ from the Sonata in A minor Op. 23
  3. ‘Allegro assai’ from the Sonata in G major Op. 30 No. 3

 Category B: Two songs for soprano voice and piano chosen from one of the following lists:

  1. Gabriel Fauré: ‘Fleur jetée’ Op. 39 No. 2 (F minor), and ‘En sourdine’ Op. 58 No. 2 (G flat major)
  2. Frank Bridge: ‘Come to me in my dreams’, H. 71 (E flat major) and ‘Love went a-riding’, H. 114 (G flat major)
  3. Samuel Barber: ‘St Ita’s Vision’ and ‘The Heavenly Banquet’ from the Hermit Songs Op. 29

 Category C: To accompany an unseen Welsh song (scores to be provided to the finalists after the results of the Preliminary Round).

Additional Information for accompanists

Song Keys:
Preliminary Stage: Competitors should prepare the song accompaniments for Tenor/High Voice.
Final Stage: Competitors should prepare the song accompaniments for Soprano/High Voice.

The Piano Festival will provide the singers for this competition and there will be an opportunity for a short rehearsal with the soloist immediately before competing.

For any further information, please contact the Administration Office by email: office@pianofestival.co.uk 


Alys Roberts  (Soprano)


William Blake (Tenor)

William Blake (Tenor) was born in London.  Recent highlights have included singing ‘Pedrillo’ in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Handel’s Messiah.  He has performed in venues as prestigious as Glyndebourne, the Chatelet in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall and St. John’s Smith Square.

Sara Trickey (Violin)

Sara Trickey enjoys an exciting and diverse career as a solo violinist and chamber musician. Noted for her “fiery and passionate” performances (The Strad) and her “beautifully refined tone” (Musical Opinion), she performs at many of the major UK festivals and venues, including in the Presteigne, Alwyn, Oxford May Music, York, Ashburton and Wye Valley Chamber Music festivals. She plays regularly with pianist Dan Tong with whom she has recorded the Schubert Sonatinas to critical acclaim (“Irresistible!” – Barry Millington). A CD of Fauré and David Matthews has recently been released by Deux-Elles. She also made a world premiere recording of Mathias’ violin sonatas with Iwan Llewelyn Jones.

Ren Ford (Cello)


Richard Craig (Flute)

Richard Craig was born in Glasgow and studied flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Richard Blake. He continued his studies with Mario Caroli at the. Richard has performed with ensembles such as Musikfabrik and Klangforum Wien, also with groups in the UK such as Explore ensemble, Riot ensemble, Uproar and Octandre. As a recording artist he has released two solo discs (INWARD and VALE) for Metier, and numerous chamber music recordings – the most recent being a portrait disc of composer John Croft’s chamber works. Richard was a lecturer and Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales, from 2015 – 2019. He currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


  • All competitions are open to pianists of any nationality.
  • Pianists can only compete in either the Junior or Senior Solo Category. However solo competitors can also compete in the accompanist category but need to pay the relevant application fees for both categories.
  • The decisions of the jury are final and binding and cannot be challenged. The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes or to reduce the number of competitors to appear in the final stage if the standard is not sufficiently high in the opinion of a majority of the members of the jury.
  • Before the Festival commences, competitors names will be drawn by an independent panel to decide on the order of performance. This order will then be followed at every stage.
  • Recording for Solo competitions should be a recent unedited film or audio recording, and must be submitted electronically by providing a link for us to download or view the recording on an online file sharing service e.g. WeTransfer, Dropbox, YouTube, etc. (Where relevant please ensure that the correct file sharing permissions have been granted to enable us to view/download the file).
  • The recording should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the competitor’s current or most recent teacher. There is no need to submit a recording for the piano accompaniment category however a letter of recommendation must be submitted with the application.
  • Entries will be accepted from the 1 October 2019.  The deadline for receiving entries and recordings is 6:00pm on 17 January 2021.
  • Entry fees: Junior Piano Solo Competition: £30; Senior Piano Solo Competition and the Competition for Accompanists: £40. This includes entry to all festival events and concerts apart from John Lill’s recital.
  • 75% of the registration fee will be refunded to competitors not admitted to the Preliminary stage of the Junior and Senior Piano Solo Competition.
  • Competitors selected to progress to the Preliminary stage of the competitions will be informed no later than the 15 July 2021.
  • If a competitor pulls out of the competition for any reason, registration fees will not be refunded.


  • First Prize: £1500
  • Second Prize: £600   
  • Two other finalists: £250 each
  • Special prize for the best performance of the Welsh Song (Final Round): £100
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