Conditions of Entry

A piano competition for Young Adult Pianists of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London postal districts

  1. COMPETITORS must be between the ages of 18-25 (inclusive) on 1st July 2020 and have been born or be resident, training or working in Kent, Sussex, Surrey or the London postal area. Competitors must have a minimum performance standard of Grade VIII Distinction in pianoforte.

  2. ENTRY FORM available to download here or by emailing, writing to or phoning the Award Office:

    70 Kings Avenue, Eastbourne BN21 2PD
    Tel: 01323 729013

  3. FIRST ROUND Competitors will be invited initially to enter this Competition by submission of a tape or CD recording containing a performance of not more than 15 minutes duration, the recording and entry forms to be received by mid-day 29th February 2020 at the Award Office:

    70 Kings Avenue, Eastbourne BN21 2PD.

    The recording must consist of two or three contrasting pieces or movements which will be professionally adjudicated.

    A completed entry form must accompany this recording together with the following items:

    • Photocopy of Birth Certificate or current passport.
    • Supporting letter from teacher, professor or musician of standing to confirm that the required Grade VIII distinction standard has been achieved and that the entry is bona fide.
    • Payment of £40 payable by:
      • Cheque made payable to Norah Sande Award, or
      • BACS - Sort code: 40-20-06 Account number: 81643266, Account name: Norah Sande Awards, Bank address: HSBC 94 Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3ND

  4. SECOND ROUND & FINAL Competitors who are chosen to enter the Second Round will be invited to perform a 20 minute programme before an audience in the Birley Centre, Eastbourne College, College Road, Eastbourne on Saturday 4th July 2020.  At the conclusion of this round, three finalists will be selected to perform a full recital programme incorporating classical, romantic and contemporary pieces lasting no longer than 35 minutes in total (minimum 25 minutes) on Sunday 5th July 2020 in the same Concert Hall. It should be noted that the Final Round programme must not include any pieces previously performed in the Second Round.

    In the second and final rounds, competitors must provide copies of the music for the sole use of the Adjudicators.

    Judging of these rounds will be by a panel of professional musicians of national repute with a designated chairman.

    Individual written reports will be provided to each 2nd round competitor.

  5. Decisions of the Adjudicators are final.

  6. The Norah Sande Award Committee reserve the right to decide the eligibility of all competitors at all stages of the competition.

    Previous Norah Sande Award first prize winners are not eligible to enter subsequent Norah Sande Award competitions.

  7. Expenses and the cost of travel and accommodation for the second round will be the responsibility of each entrant.  However, some assistance may be made available (towards fares and accommodation) for those in the Final.

  8. The organisers can bear no responsibility for the safe arrival of entry forms, tapes, CDs or entry fees. Competitors are advised to consider sending by registered/insured post or carrier or may wish (by arrangement) to deliver these by hand. No responsibility can be taken for timing alterations or any loss occasioned by these or by late running or cancellations. The right is reserved in the event of need to appoint alternative or additional adjudicators.

  9. All broadcasting, television, recording and publicity rights are reserved by this Committee for performances at all stages of the competition.

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Artistic Director : Spencer W Freeman MBE

Norah Sande Award Office,
70 Kings Avenue, Eastbourne. BN21 2PD
Tel: 01323 729013

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