S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

S. Anselm's Piano Competition

S. Anselm’s Preparatory School & College invites young pianists to take part in its 2018 S. Anselm’s Piano Competition, to be held on Saturday 24th February.

Join competitors aged 6 to 18 from schools across Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Greater Manchester to compete in this prestigious competition.

We are delighted to confirm that our adjudicators will be Ben Andrew, Head of Keyboard at Stowe School and Alec Hone, Head of Keyboard at Oundle School, who will offer masterclass style feedback and encouragement to all competitors in each class

Ben Andrew                                       Alec Hone

Competition timings

9.00am to 1.15pm        Competition classes

2.00pm                         Finalists' Concert in the Hargreaves Hall

Competition classes and entry requirements

Entry is invited to the following competition classes:

Graded classes (1 to 8)
Prep class (pre-grade class for beginners up to age 11)

Classes will take place concurrently in both the S. Anselm's Library and the Hargreaves Hall, where all competitors will have the opportunity to perform on a grand piano. 

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The closing date for competition entries is Friday 9th February. Places for busy classes will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so we encourage you to submit your entries as soon as possible.

Class timings will be confirmed after the closing date, to enable us to accommodate competitors who chose to enter more than one class (wherever possible).

How to enter

Competitors may enter individually or as a group via their school or music teacher.

Competitors may enter more than one class, for example if wishing to compete in graded classes at different levels or compete in both a graded class and duet class. 

The entry fee for the 2018 competition has been waived, due to a generous donation.

Entry forms may be downloaded here:

Schools or music teachers wishing to co-ordinate entry for their pupils are welcome to contact Mark Percival at piano@anselms.co.uk.

Completed entry forms should be sent to:
Piano Competition, S. Anselm’s School, Stanedge Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1DP.

On the day: information for competitors

Competitors should make their way to the School of Music (the building with the clock tower, adjacent to the main S. Anselm's car park), where they will be welcomed and registered.  Please arrive 15 minutes before your class.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a sandwich lunch will be provided between midday and 2.00pm. Seating for waiting competitors will be available and all competitors will be called to their classes from this central point.

Warm up facilities will be available in the School of Music practice rooms on a first come, first served basis.  

We encourage competitors and guests to join the audience to listen to other classes during the morning, as it is a marvellous opportunity to hear other pianists perform, listen to a range of different pieces and also to share in the excellent tips and advice shared by the adjudicators.  Please note, however, that out of respect for other competitors, you should not enter a class once it has started.

Competitors who come first and second in their class(es) are invited to perform in the Finalists’ Concert at 2.00pm.  

Everyone is welcome to attend the Finalists’ Concert.

Finalists' concert

The Finalists' Concert is held at 2.00pm in the S. Anselm’s Hargreaves Hall. First and second place (winners and runners up) from each class are invited to perform in the concert, where their certificates will be presented by an invited VIP.

The S. Anselm's Grade 8 Trophy will be awarded at the concert, as well as the Peter Malcolm Trophy which will be presented to the competitor who demonstrates the most exceptional talent (at any level), in their performance in the concert.

Families and guests are warmly welcome to attend the afternoon concert. The doors to the Hargreaves Hall will open to audience members at 1.45pm.


Please contact Mark Percival, Director of Music at: piano@anselms.co.uk


Good luck to everyone participating and we look forward
to a marvellous day of music making!