Selection process

All applications are circulated to the Award Committee. All applicants receive a letter telling them whether or not they have been selected to compete.

Those selected are invited to an audition day, usually held in April or May, when they perform before the adjudicator and the committee. This is followed by a short interview giving the candidate an opportunity to talk about their interests and ambitions and to explain how the prize money would be used.

The auditions take place in Beaulieu Abbey, which has wonderful acoustics and the interview is conducted in a friendly and encouraging manner as verified by feedback from recent candidates:
"very friendly adjudicators; put at ease straight away; an enjoyable experience; wonderful acoustic"

The results are sent out by letter, which invites the winners and a few of the candidates to perform in the Music at Beaulieu Award Concert, which is held in the Abbey in June. The prizes are presented at the concert and all performers receive a fee of £100.

Junior Award: the adjudication is completed on the competition day and the prizes awarded at the end of the short informal concert which is given by the candidates later in the afternoon.

This is a wonderful opportunity to perform to a large audience and an inspiring evening celebrating musical potential and achievement is guaranteed.

Click here to see the report of last Awards

Entry Forms and accompanying letters may also be e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Main Award Adjudicator - Stephen Cleobury CBE

Stephen Cleobury - Main award Adjudicator

Stephen Cleobury CBE

Stephen has been Organist and Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge since 1982, and, since 1983, conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society. He received his early musical education at Worcester Cathedral, and was later Organ Student at St John's College, Cambridge, under George Guest.

Before going to King's he was successively Organist at St Matthew's, Northampton, Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

Junior Award Adjudicator - Paul Searle-Barnes

Paul Searle Barnes - Music at Beaulieu Junior Award Adjudicator

Paul Searle-Barnes

Paul Searle-Barnes studied Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge and then the piano with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music in London. Since winning the Dudley International Piano Competition and a Maisie Lewis young Artist's Award, which sponsored his debut in the Purcell Room, he has performed as soloist throughout Great Britain, in France, Spain, Poland, Finland and Canada, playing on television and radio in this country, Poland and Canada.

He has performed as soloist with both the Bournemouth Symphony and Sinfonietta Orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican. He has recorded and performed film music with Debbie Wiseman and Carl Davis, with whom he recorded a number of the Thames Silent Films.

On the lighter side of music, he played for many years in the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra and has appeared on all of the orchestra’s recordings.

Paul's website


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