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.