Applications open for Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award12:01, 9th November 2017
The Arts Club has announced details of the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2018, presented in association with Classic FM.
The competition is open to instrumentalists, with certain exceptions, aged between 18 and 25 years old. The winner will receive a cash prize of £4,000 and the chance to record a short piece from their repertoire, as well as a composition specially written by Sir Karl, in a London studio. The runner-up will receive a cash prize of £1,000.
Sir Karl will chair the judging panel, which will also include Classic FM managing editor Sam Jackson, music educationalist Lady Carol Barratt, chair of City Music Society Leslie East, Decca Classical Label Group managing director Dr Alexander Buhr and clarinettist Emma Johnson.
Classic FM will promote the award to its 5.4 million weekly listeners, as well as covering the first competition round and the final at ClassicFM.com. The recording of the winning performer will be broadcast exclusively on the station.
Sir Karl Jenkins said the award acknowledge and celebrate the classical musicians of the future.
He continued: ‘I was privileged to have studied at grammar school, university and the Royal Academy of Music at a time when music education, including instrumental tuition, was free to all. This is no longer the case and it frustrates me that recent governments, of all persuasions, have failed to invest in the musical future of our society.
‘I am therefore more passionate than ever about championing young musicians and ensuring that great talent is given an opportunity to shine.’