A message from Christopher Trotter, 2021 Oundle Young Musician and Singer, who is now a Choral Scholar at King’s College London and studying Music Performance.

The first 10 years of the award were made possible by a generous bequest from the late Tony Hounsome’s estate in 2007. Tony was associated with the Festival as teacher and bandmaster, committee member and then Vice Chairman. He taught many of the young instrumentalists who were our past competitors and it seemed fitting that this award be made in his memory.

We are delighted that The Arts Society Oundle has now become the sponsor of the Award.

The competition has been a success from the beginning, providing performance opportunities for local young musicians. The award increased in significance from 2009 when the winners were invited to give a lunchtime recital at the Oundle International Festival the following year. 


The Arts Society Oundle Award ~ £125

Competitors  qualify by winning an 18 years and under Instrumental Solo class a mark of at least 87.

Entrants for these qualifying classes should bear in mind that the winner of the overall competition may be invited to give a 45 minute recital at the Oundle International Festival the following year. Their performance should make full use of the time allowed.
Entrants are strongly advised to bring their own accompanist or, if this is not possible, should arrange a rehearsal with the Official Accompanist. This can be arranged with the Music Secretary and will be charged at the current BIFF rates for Accompanists.

1. The competition takes place at the Festival Concert.
2. Competitors must perform their qualifying programme.
Exceeding the time limit of 8 minutes will lead to disqualification.
3. A competitor may only perform once in the final competition.