The 26th annual Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition takes place in January and February 2013 in the Birley Centre at Eastbourne College, a purpose-built centre for the performing arts.

The competition was established in 1988 as a result of the 11th Duke of Devonshire’s financial generosity towards the Orchestra and gives the winner the opportunity of performing a concerto with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The competition is open to competitors aged 23 and under on 31 December 2012 and will carry a first prize of £800. Runner-up prizes include the Cox Memorial Prize of £500 and the Colonel Howes Award of £350. Other runner-up prizes of £150 are available. The best performance given by a competitor under the age of 18 will win the Duke of Devonshire Award and a prize of £400; and there is a further prize in this category, the St Cecilia Bequest, of £250.

The first round took place on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 January 2013, and competitors were required to offer a balanced programme (eg two contrasting pieces) of his/her choice  not exceeding 15 minutes in total.

The list of competitors and other details for the first round: 2013 programme

The results of the first round of the competition held on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January: 2013 first round results

The final round will be held at 2pm on Sunday 10th February 2013, in which competitors will be required to play a movement from each of two contrasting concertos, the programme  not exceeding 20 minutes in total. No piece chosen in the first round may be repeated in the final round. An audience is welcome at both rounds. The final (£8 entry on the door; concessions available; tea is provided while the judges decide) is a popular diary-date for music lovers and we look forward to seeing you at this event. The judges' decisions are announced about 5.30pm.

For more details and an application form click here

For a provisional programme and other details of the final round on Sunday 10 February please click here