MSF | Instrumental
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An evening of classical music will again take place in the magnificent Braunschweig Room of Bath’s Guildhall on Thursday 18th March 2021 at 6.15pm. All students and lovers of classical music should not miss this rare opportunity to come along to listen to those competing for the Thelma King Instrumental Award followed by the competition for the Premier Award of the Festival which involves the winners of all three Concerto classes competing against each other.  You will be certain to hear some highly talented musicians and admission to this event is FREE!


Solo Classes

Classical guitar classes – see strings section, classes prefaced by SG


Classes are offered for all string instruments, including harp and classical guitar, brass and woodwind including recorder. Most are still in the traditional competitive format and all music played is free choice, allowing performers to play what appeals to them and what suits them musically.


Broadly speaking, the instrumental competitive classes are categorised by level rather than age.


The four levels are: Elementary – up to Grade 2  Transitional – Grades 3-4  Intermediate – Grades 5-6  Advanced – Grade 7 and above.


Details of all string, woodwind and brass classes will be found in the new syllabus.




The Harp classes take place on Tuesday 16th March.


There are classes for solo harpists, but also “Music with Harp” which gives an opportunity for players who have performed individually to play together.



More Advanced Classes and Major Awards


The Jennifer Paterson Young String Player’s Award


As part of the generous bequest to the Mid-Somerset Festival by the late Jennifer Paterson, an award is given annually to the winner of the class for String Solo, 14 and under.


This is in recognition of Jenny’s lifelong interest in string teaching and her championing of new repertoire. At least one piece from 21st century must be included.


Thelma King Instrumental Award


The 5 Repertoire classes at Advanced levels are more demanding, with one piece from memory expected. These are qualifying classes for the prestigious Thelma King Instrumental Award in which one overall winner  is offered a generous contribution towards a place at an orchestral summer school of their own choice.


The award is open to all string, woodwind and brass players. The adjudicators will select from the Repertoire classes a shortlist of performers who will then be asked to play in a final on Thursday 18th March 2021  in the Braunschweig Room of the Guildhall. For this final you should play all your repertoire class pieces.


The Premier Award


The String and Wind Concerto classes will both take place in the Citadel. Winners will be joined in the Guildhall by the Piano Concerto winner for a play off during an evening of Classical Music. The award carries a substantial monetary prize as well as the fabulous trophy.