The Eighth James Waterhouse Loretto Piano Competition and Master Classes.

We are delighted to invite entries for the 8th James Waterhouse Loretto Piano Competition and master classes in association with Steinway and Sons which takes place on Saturday, 10th March 2018.

Now in its eighth year, the James Waterhouse Piano Competition in association with Steinway and Sons, has established itself as one of the foremost piano competitions in the UK for children under 19 years of age.

We are aware that this date is also the last of the 6 days allocated to Piano at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, for which entries are now closed.  You will understand the challenges involved in finding the right date for events like these, and particularly working round competitions which run over a number of days or weeks.

The following weekend is the Pentland Competition and our choice of date followed consultation with them to avoid a clash.  Earlier and later dates presented other practical and logistical challenges.

Our intention is to schedule the daytime categories of the James Waterhouse competition in such a way that candidates involved in Saturtday classes at ECF could do a morning session at one and an afternoon at the other if necessary.  We will also run transport between the venues if necessary.

We hope that candidates will thus feel able to enter both events if they wish, rather than feeling the need to make a choice.

The lead tutor for the master classes and adjudicator for the competition will be Caroline Clemmow.  Depending on the distribution of the participants between classes, she will be assisted at various stages by a second concert pianist, Christopher Baxter.

Candidates must be under 19 years of age and in full time school education in the UK on 10th March 2018.

The first round for each class will be held simultaneously, in two locations during the day at Loretto School. Each candidate will compete on a Steinway model B grand piano.

The best three pianists from the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced classes will perform in the Piano Competition Finals Concert at 7pm that evening in Loretto School Chapel.

Class                                        Standard                                  Maximum Performance Time

Junior Master class                   Prep Test up to grade 5             One or two contrasting pieces

Foundation                               Grades 5/6                                Two contrasting pieces

Intermediate                              Grades 7/8                               Two contrasting pieces

Advanced                                 Grade 8+                                  Short recital up to 10 minutes

The master classes will be split into three sections by ability level and are an opportunity for children to try their pieces out and get feedback from a professional pianist in a supportive and inspirational environment.


The finals prizes are as follows:

Foundation: £175 plus the Piano Competition Foundation trophy.

Intermediate: £300 plus the James Waterhouse trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to perform at Steinway Hall in London.

Advanced: £450, the James Waterhouse Piano Competition Trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to perform at Steinway Hall in London.

For an entry form click here or for further details from Mrs Patricia Rowan – E: T: 0131 653 4444

CAROLINE CLEMMOW ARCM, LRAM, ARAM – lead tutor and adjudicator

Caroline was awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she won major prizes for both solo and ensemble playing. Alongside her solo concerto and recital work, Caroline derives particular pleasure from chamber music, working with such diverse groups as Serenata, Kaleidoscope and the Koenig Ensemble on a wide vocal and instrumental repertoire, ranging from the classics and romantics to complex twentieth-century works.  She was a founder member of the internationally celebrated Hartley Piano Trio, with whom she recorded the complete trios of Spohr on the Naxos label. Collaboration with Evelyn Glennie has resulted in the performance of percussion-and-piano repertoire. She has performed at concerts and major festivals in London and numerous venues in the UK and abroad, and given regular broadcasts.

An important part of her work was the celebrated piano duo with Anthony Goldstone, who died early in 2017.  Described by Gramophone as “a dazzling husband and wife team,” they were critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CD recordings which now number over forty, including a ground-breaking seven-CD cycle of the complete original piano duets of Schubert. These have recently been reissued on the Divine Art label, receiving the highest praise worldwide. Their concert activities took them all over the British Isles as well as to Europe, the Middle East and the USA. They took a particular interest in delving into ‘orchestral’ repertoire and made highly regarded recordings of the composers’ own versions of such works as Holst’s The Planets, Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

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