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Young organists can enter a virtual organ competition and continue to make music during the coronavirus crisis

Harriet Clifford

Virtual organ competition launched for under 22s

3:07, 25th March 2020

Young organists who may be missing out on live competitions this summer can now enter a virtual competition launched by the music department at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Musicians aged 22 and under are invited to upload a video recital in MP4 format to enter one of three categories, from Beginners (up to Grade 5) to Advanced.

The deadline for entries is 6 June and prizes include organ lessons with David Briggs and music vouchers.

Alongside the organ competition runs a piano competition for the same age group, for which the deadline is 16 May.

Acting director of music Richard Cook says, ‘I am delighted that we are able to offer these two virtual competitions which I hope will give young musicians the opportunity to make music even in these challenging times.’

The competition is launched at a time when music competitions, festivals and events all over the world are being cancelled in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus and comply with government advice. A virtual competition is one of the many ways in which musicians are finding innovative ways to adapt to lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation. Read about other initiatives here.

To find out more about the competition, contact Richard Cook on admon@stedscathedral.org.


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