Barbirolli oboe festival and competition to run in April 2014

- 24 October 2013

The 3rd Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition will take place at the Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man from 5-12 April 2014.

Lady Barbirolli

Lady Barbirolli

Established by the British oboist, writer and teacher Evelyn Barbirolli in 1993, the festival now stands as ‘a memorial to a great protagonist for the oboe who did so much to further the interests of this most distinctive and expressive instrument and is a major event for aspiring professional oboists from all over the world’, according to its president, George Caird.

The competition will be in five rounds with requirements to play a set work, a concerto, an 18th century work and a 20th or 21st century work.

The semi-final also asks the contestants to perform a work for oboe and string trio either by Mozart or Benjamin Britten. The set work for 2014, specially commissioned by the competition, will be Durer Portrait by Judith Bingham.

Three main prizes will be awarded, of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, as well as a number of subsidiary prizes to be awarded at the jury’s discretion. The winner will, in addition, win a London recital.

The jury for 2014 will be: Neil Black UK, Maurice Bourgue France, George Caird (Chairman) UK, Nora Cismondi France, Han de Vries Holland.
Previous winners of the competition are Holy Fawcett (2005) and Matthieu Petitjean (2009).

The planned festival and competition in 2012 was cancelled in 2011 due to ‘the loss of crucial grants’. George Caird said at the time that organisers had ‘every intention that the 2014 Festival will take place, and work has already started to bring this about’.


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