All semi-finalists will be given full access to the Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for PianistsWith a faculty of over 60 International pianists and teachers, this provides a unique and inspiring atmosphere for the competition to take place in. Individual lessons, workshops, lectures, recitals and many additional courses can all be observed free of charge to the semi-fnalists. 

Accommodation will be given along with food to all semi-finalists. If family members also require accommodation it may be possible to offer this, subject to availability. If there are no rooms available then hotels close to the school can be recommended.

NB Additional family members will be charged observer prices for attending the competition and summer school. Please email the administrator for further details.

First Prize: £1,500
Second Prize: £750
Third Prize: £400
Remaining finalists will receive prizes of £100 each 

Audience Prize

Kate Elmitt Prize

Chetham’s summer school prize

NEW for 2019 -  The Richard Wainwright Prize 

The Richard Wainwright Prize of £250 is awarded in the 16 and Under Age Group to a Semi Finalist who does not reach the final but is felt by the jury to show particular musical potential and interpretative sensibility.

In addition there are special prizes, to be awarded at the jury’s discretion, to include lessons with members of the Chetham's summer school faculty, performance opportunities, bursaries.

Positive feedback and encouragement for all participants remains at the forefront of the event, where the emphasis has  always been on inspiration, motivation and educational stimulus. It almost goes without saying that the discipline involved in preparing a complete piano concerto to a high standard is invaluable in itself. Therefore those pianists who ‘fail’ to be selected for the semi final need not feel too disappointed. 
As part of the encouraging policy of the competition, advice and feedback is always available to all the pianists who enter.