S. Anselm's Piano Competition 2020

S. Anselm’s Preparatory School & College invites young pianists to take part in the 2020 Piano Competition, to be held on Saturday 29th February.

The S. Anselm’s Piano Competition is an annual contest for young pianists aged 6 to 18 from schools across Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and surrounding counties.  Pianists compete in graded classes from Preparatory Level to Grade 8 before eminent national adjudicators. There is a wonderfully positive and supportive atmosphere and where time permits, adjudicators offer masterclass style feedback after each class.  The first and second place winners of each class are then invited to perform in a finalists’ concert at which competition cups are presented to the overall winners.

We are delighted to confirm that our 2020 adjudicators will be Ben Andrew, Head of Keyboard at Stowe School and Anne Bolt, Head of Keyboard at Oakham School.

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)

Duet class / 6 hands (this will take the form of a masterclass and no adjudication will be given)

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.

The closing date for competition entries is Friday 21st 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 their piano tutor or school music teacher may compile and submit entry forms as a batch.   Please note that parental signatures will be required for all entrants.  

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.

Please click on the links below for:

Click here to download the 2020 entry form

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 or by email to piano@anselms.co.uk.


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.  Tea, coffee, light refreshments and biscuits will be available for competitors in the School of Music throughout the day. 

Warm up facilities will 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, hear a range of different pieces and to listen to the excellent tips and advice shared by the adjudicators. Please note, however, that out of consideration to performers 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.  We ask all entrants to ensure they are available to attend and perform at the Concert, should this be the case.

All competitors are 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 marvelous day of music making!



Form downloads

Images from previous years