The Swinsian Soloist Competition in London

by The Swinsian Soloist Competition in London in London, England, United Kingdom

The Swinsian Soloist Competition in London


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This project will only be funded if at least £50,000 is pledged by 4th September 2022 at 6:30pm

After the ravages of Covid, The Swinsian Soloist competition aims to re-engage with, and promote professional and student musicians under 30

by The Swinsian Soloist Competition in London in London, England, United Kingdom




The first new international classical soloist music competition for more than 30 years for professional musicians and music students aged 30 or under.

What makes this thrillingly different, challenging, and about musicianship above all, is that the shortlisted dozen candidates will be a mix of any of the instrumental categories of strings, brass, woodwind, piano, voice, and percussion. Above all, this is a day of making great music and having fun and enjoyment of performance - for the competitors, the adjudicators, and the audience!

It will be a London-based competition and set to become truly international in its reach, rising to become one of the most prestigious competitions - much in the way that the Donatella Flick competition has become for young conductors.

The difference is this inclusive competition, judged by three pre-eminent musicians, will select from the competition entries around a dozen top-class, aspiring young brass, woodwind, strings, piano, singing, or percussion musicians aged 30 or under to compete on the day of the competition.

All competitors will be either professional musicians, or, studying to become professional musicians at a recognized music college in the UK, or internationally.

The competition event will be open to the public along with complimentary reward tickets for the various crowdfunding supporters. The competition will be held over one day in a suitable London venue.

The Swinsian has the potential to be televised/broadcast on national radio besides attracting massive interest among media and fellow musicians and patrons

As well as cash prizes, it is envisaged that, like the Donatella Flick competition for conductors, The Swinsian Soloist Competition will liaise with a prestigious orchestra, or ensemble to offer the winner an exciting soloist or recital booking as part of the prize.

The Swinsian will use a small part of the income to provide a small, annual bursary to one financially-challenged, but outstanding student at each of the major music colleges – Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Trinity Laban.


I have been actively involved in the arts all my life.  

I have a special affinity for classical music. I’ve had the pleasure of playing trombone in ensembles and orchestras since my teenage years and through a love and appreciation of music and the arts, gained a degree in Music, English and Philosophy at Birkbeck College as a mature student..

I co-founded and ran a very successful international classical soloist competition in Suffolk for 23 years which attracted close to 200 entrants each year from over 30 countries - a truly diverse enterprise - music can be one of those things that knows no boundaries.

The adjudicators were all notable in their fields and included Stephen Bryant, the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The winning musicians have progressed to prestigious positions: Andrew Haveron became the concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and joint concert master of the Philharmonia. He has also led the World Orchestra for Peace at the requests of Valery Gergiev and Donald Runnicles, and he has been leader of the John Wilson Orchestra since its inception.  

The competition was paused on the early death of my competition colleague and great friend, the conductor and composer, Kevin Hill MBE - one of the finest musicians that I have ever had the privilege of knowing:  

I want to establish The Swinsian Soloist Competition with the memory of Kevin in mind  whilst  promoting young musicians and their wonderful live music to the delight of live audiences for some time to come.


Please see the various pledge/donations options if you'd like to help this prestigious competition get on its way to becoming a truly important event in Classical Music helping young musicians to progress in their careers, and in so doing, helping to provide the world with some much-needed wonderful live music for everyone's benefit.

Your pledges will benefit you with rewards of varying degrees including invitations to the competition event, and/or follow up recitals of the winner. Swinsian cocktails at the events (who said classical music can't be fun!). Invitations to the after party.  

For straight forward donations of any amount of your choice, not requiring a reward, please use the 'donate now' button.

All pledges and donations will be greatly appreciated and help to secure the administration and running/marketing of the event

Thank you!   



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£12,000 or more

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Main Sponsor

This reward entitles you to 12 complimentary tickets to the competition, and 12 tickets to the winner's recital along with an acknowledgement under the heading 'Main Sponsor' in the programme and any other literature and media coverage connected with the event. 12 tickets will be made available to you for subsequent competitions whether or not you are the continuing main sponsor. You will be credited as a founding sponsor indefinitely.

£25 or more

Free 'all day' ticket to the competition

This reward entitles you to a free ticket to the competition - come and go all day for the entirety of the competition.

£50 or more

Two free tickets to the competition.

This reward entitles you to two free tickets to the competition - two of you can come and go throughout the entirety of the competition.

£100 or more

Two free competition tickets plus Bronze supporter

This reward entitles you to three free competition tickets plus an acknowledgement in the programme under the heading of Bronze Supporter.

£250 or more

Two tickets to the competition plus Silver Support

This reward entitles you to two free tickets to the competition plus an acknowledgement in the programme under Silver Supporter.

£1,000 or more

Four tickets to the competition & Gold Supporter

This reward entitles you to four free tickets to the competition, plus four free tickets to the winner's recital, plus an acknowledgement in the programme under Gold Supporter.

£2,000 or more

Founding Patron

This reward makes you a 'Patron' of the competition with your name appearing under the heading of 'Founding Patrons' - not only in the inaugural competition programme, but for all subsequent competition programmes, whether you contribute to any more competitions or not. It will also give you 6 complimentary tickets to the inaugural competition, 6 tickets to the winner's recital, and 6 complimentary tickets to all other subsequent competitions.

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