Age groups

Age Group Requirements
5 - 7 years TWO contrasting pieces – not to exceed 4 -5 minutes in total
8 - 10 years TWO contrasting pieces – not to exceed 7 - 8 minutes in total
11 - 12 years THREE contrasting pieces – not to exceed 10-12 minutes in total
13 - 14 years THREE contrasting pieces – not to exceed 12-15 minutes in total
15 - 16 years THREE contrasting pieces – not to exceed 15-20 minutes in total
17 - 18 years THREE contrasting pieces including any Prelude and Fugue from Bach (piano) - see (*) for String requirements - not to exceed 20-25 minutes in total.
19 - 25 years THREE contrasting pieces including any virtuosic work by Frederic Chopin or Franz Liszt (piano) -see (*) for String requirements. - not to exceed 25-30 minutes in total

Selection of competition repertoire

  • Own compositions will not be allowed.
  • All repetitions must be ignored, except in the case of Da Capo.
  • Multiple or different movements from a single work count as one and the same piece.
  • No changes to competition repertoire as stated on the entry form will be allowed without prior written notification to
  • Please note:  A competitor’s performance may not exceed the time limit unless prior notification is given.
  • Audition Round: YouTube link recording of pieces played by the entrant representing contrasting classical styles. (*) Strings – must include Baroque.
  • Semi-finals: 2 new contrasting pieces.
    • (*) Strings – must include Classical.
  • Final Round: 1 new contrasting piece.
  • Strings and piano
    • Please note: In selecting works for the three rounds, the following styles e.g. baroque, classical, romantic and modern, must be represented in all ages.
  • Credit will be given for a balanced programme.
  • The specific works and style for the rounds are to be indicated on the entry form.
  • Failure to adhere to the rules above will lead to disqualification.

Competition dates

The entry form with the registration and entry fee, identification documentation and recording are to be received by no later than 31 July 2019.

Semi-finals: 7 & 8 September 2019.

Grand Finale performance and presentation of prizes: 22 September 2019.

Masterclasses: Venue and date that suit both parties to be confirmed.

Competition Venue

Semi-finals will take place at Centurion Theatre.

Grand Finale will take place at Atterbury Theatre.

Masterclasses preparation

  • Winners of the Masterclasses must be prepared for a 60-minute session.
  • Masterclasses are for public exhibition. All participants and teachers are encouraged to attend sessions to learn from the techniques presented. An entrance fee of R25.00 per person may be levied at the door.

General Competition Rules

  • A certified copy of birth certificate, passport or identification document is required.
  • The formal competition will take place over 3 rounds in an elimination format.
  • Audition round: E-mail YouTube link.
  • Semi-Finals is a public performance.
  • Grand Finale is a public performance.
  • Please note: Entrants may be requested to verify or authenticate their recordings by personal performance of short excerpts from pieces chosen prior to their participation in the Semi-finals.
  • The Semi-finals will take place over a two-day period. Competitors will be notified of their status via email.
  • The Grand finale adjudication will take place over a single day. The judge’s decision is final.
  • This competition is open to persons from the ages of 5 to 25 years. The age of a contestant will be deemed as at 31 August 2019.
  • All prize winners from previous competitions may enter.
  • The Executive Committee has the right to amend the age category of the contestant if it is established that the contestant has entered the incorrect category.
  • If a contestant competes in a round where the adjudicator is also the contestant’s teacher, a second adjudicator will be present for those contestants to ensure that there are no irregularities.
  • No agents, coaches, teachers, team leaders or make-up artists will be allowed backstage during the competition. Only one guardian will be able to accompany contestants to and from backstage.
  • Parents and guardians will be responsible for their minor children at all times before, during and after the competition.
  • The Executive Committee reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time if deemed necessary in its opinion or if circumstances are outside of its control. Entry fees will not be refunded under any circumstances whatsoever including, but not limited to the contestant wishing to withdraw from the competition.
  • No flash photography may be used in any of the venues during the competition and all phones must be switched to silent.
  • No intimidation of any contestant by any party or other contestants will be tolerated and all contestants are urged to be highly professional.
  • Pictures and performance may be used by the competition for all social media and advertising purposes without remuneration.
  • Prize giving will follow shortly after the final performance.
  • All competitors must report at least 20 minutes before their allocated time in each round. Clean, unmarked copies of works to be performed must be presented in triplicate. Original sheet music must be available.
  • The organisers will not provide accommodation.
  • The organisers will not provide transport to and from the competition venue.
  • Costumes and props must be age appropriate and full competition wear will be required.
  • Dress code in the final round is formal. Stage etiquette is compulsory.


How to enter

Entry Fees

Registration fee:

R125 participant.

Semi-Finals fee is:


Entrance fee for audition round:

R440 must accompany the entry form and is non-refundable.

Grand finale:

R40 flat fee.

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