East Cork Early Music Festival announces its first Chamber Music Competition! Aimed at students and young professionals, the competition will take place on Thursday October 8th at 1pm in CIT Cork School of Music. The winning ensemble will be offered a paid concert as part of East Cork Early Music Festival’s 2016 line-up. The competition will be judged by harpsichordist Linda Burman-Hall and Baroque oboist Andreas Helm.

Rules and Eligibility:

The competing groups must comprise a minimum of 2 people (for example, a recorder player and harpsichordist).

All members of the group must be under the age of 28 on the day of the competition.

The competition is open to all nationalities. ECEMF is not able to cover travel costs to Cork, but accommodation can be organised on request.

The use of ‘period’ instruments is encouraged but not compulsory. If needed, a harpsichord in either 415 or 440 will be provided.

Four finalists will be chosen for the competition based on audition recordings. Each ensemble chosen to compete will present a short programme of contrasting music written before 1800, of maximum length 15 min. including tuning, at the CIT School of Music on October 8th. The competition will be part of ECEMF 2015 official line-up, and open to public.

To apply for the competition, the musicians are invited to email a recording (at least two contrasting pre-1800 movements/works) to Marja Gaynor at marja.gaynor@gmail.com. The recording does not have to be of professional quality, or feature all members of the ensemble who will play for the competition on October 8th, but it should give an idea of the group’s overall standard.

The deadline for receipt of the recording is September 1st 2015. For any questions and enquiries, please email marja.gaynor@gmail.com.