Entries are now open for the Horniman Early Keyboard Competition to be held from 28 April to 1 May 2020. The instruments to be used for the competition are the Adam Beyer square piano, London, 1777 and Onofrio Guarracino virginals, Naples, 1668.
The competition is open to performers who will be under the age of 36 on 1 May 2020. Two rounds will be held on consecutive days and up to five people will go forward to the second round. Awards will include a cash prize of £200, an audience prize, and recitals at UK venues.
In addition to the two rounds of the competition, there will be special masterclasses and a Maestros’ concert by the three adjudicators.
Entry fee for competitors: £30. Entry includes free admission to the two masterclasses and Maestros’ concert.
How to enter: Fill in the Application Form with the required information. Remember to consult the repertoire list below.
A link to payment to secure your place in the competition will be provided once all information has been processed.
Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We can accommodate up to 15 players. Closing date: 15 November 2019. The masterclasses are now fully booked for playing participants. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, should a space become available, please contact Beatrice Booker. Auditors are welcome.
Conditions of performing
Due to the rarity, age and sensitive condition of the instruments, all performers must have had previous experience playing historic keyboards and must also be willing to attend in advance an introduction to the instruments with Mimi Waitzman, Deputy Keeper of Musical Instruments. This induction is required only once. Permission to play the instruments is at the sole discretion of the Horniman Museum.
Inductions will be held on Monday 27 April 2020 from 2pm till 5pm or by special arrangement further in advance. Contact Beatrice Booker to arrange an induction.
Masterclasses will take place on two afternoons. On Tuesday 28 April Marcia Hadjimarkos will give the early piano class; and on Wednesday 29 April Catalina Vicens will give the virginals class. Any competitor wishing to participate in one or both of the masterclass(es) must, nevertheless, apply separately as players’ places will be limited. Players may not perform their competition repertoire for the masterclass(es). Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Lorraine Liyanage to register.
Guarracino Virginals (1668) and Beyer Square Piano (1777)
Performers will be required to perform from a list of repertoire as follows:
Thursday 30 April
Round One 15 minutes of music
Virginals: 7 to 8 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:
JJ Froberger: a toccata plus a suite from the first book (1649).
G Frescobaldi: a toccata from the first book (edition of 1637 (1st edition 1615)) plus a balletto, corrente and ciaccona or passacaglia.
Alessandro Scarlatti: any toccata plus various compositions
Square piano: 7 to 8 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:
JC Bach: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
Domenico Scarlatti: a pair of contrasting sonatas.
Maria Hester Park: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
Friday 1 May
Round Two 25 minutes of music
Virginals: 12 to 13 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:
Any toccata, canzona or ricercare by GM Trabaci or M Rossi.
G Frescobaldi: a set of Partite.
G Frescobaldi: a toccata from the second book (1637).
JJ Froberger: a capriccio or ricercar from 1656 or 1658, plus a suite from the book of 1656.
Square piano: 12 to 13 minutes of music from the following:
J Haydn: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
WA Mozart: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
JL Dussek: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
Marianna von Martinez: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.