Concerto Competition

The 2020 Concerto Competition will take place on Sunday 19 April, in the Silk Hall, Radley College. Further details and an application form will be published shortly.

 The 2018 Concerto Competition was held in the Silk Hall, Radley College (by kind permission) on Sunday 22 April. The adjudication panel was composed of Remus Azoitei (strings), George Caird (wind) and Ian Jones (piano), chaired by Alexander Walker (Musical Director, Abingdon and District Music Society). Out of a strong field of fourteen highly talented young soloists, the panel awarded joint first place to Leo Appel for his dynamically and tonally modulated performance of the first movement of Walton’s Violin Concerto, and to Claire Edmiston for an outstanding performance of the technically very demanding first movement of Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. Runners-up were Leo Strelle (2nd & 3rd movements of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto) and Christina Stuart (1st & 3rd movements of Schumann’s Cello Concerto).

Congratulations to them, and thanks to all the participants for their excellent playing, to the adjudicators for their illuminating comments, to Rosemary Joseph for masterminding the event, and to Anthony Williams and Radley College for their hospitality.


Leo Appel played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Abingdon & District Music Society Orchestra on Saturday 09 March to warm acclaim from a packed house. He will perform the Bruch Concerto with Didcot Concert Orchestra on Sunday 09 June at 4 pm in Cornerstone, Didcot.

Claire Edmiston will be playing with the Reinecke Flute Concerto with ADMS orchestra on Saturday 16 November.

Christina Stuart will be rehearsing the Grieg Piano Concerto on Monday 25 March, and Leo Strelle the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on Monday 01 April,  with ADMS Orchestra, 7.30-9.30, in the hall of The Manor School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon OX13 6LN (just beyond St Helen’s School).