Young pianists’ prestige award

Norah Sande Award at the Birley Centre
Norah Sande Award at the Birley Centre

The internationally-renowned Norah Sande Award celebrates its 10th anniversary in July.

For a decade it has been attracting exceptional entrants including BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists and the two days of performances have become popular in the calendar of Eastbourne – a chance to hear some of the most exciting young adult pianists on the brink of their professional careers.

Last year’s winner Ukrainian Dinara Klinton won her first international competition at only eight years old. She has been successful in numerous international competitions since, appeared at the Rheingau, Ravello and La Roque d’Antheron Festivals, and given recitals across the world including Moscow’s Great Hall and the South Bank Centre.

Performances at the Birley Centre will be taking place on Saturday July 4 with semi-finalists performing 20 minute programmes from 9.30am. Entry is free and the audience is welcome to join and leave between competitors’ performances.

The finals begin on Sunday July 5 at 2pm and the three finalists will each play a full recital programme incorporating classical, romantic and contemporary pieces, none of which will have been played during the semi-finals. Tea will be served whilst the adjudicators deliberate. The results will be announced at around 5pm with the winner being presented with a cheque for £3000 and a future recital opportunity.

The Norah Sande Award is open to any pianists with Grade V111 Distinction aged 18 to 25 who were born or are resident, training or working in Kent, Sussex, Surrey or the London postal area. This Award has been enabled by a substantial bequest from the late Norah Sande, in memory of her Grandmother, Alice Mary Caffen. The Norah Sande Award is a charity administered by the Trustees of the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival. Tickets for the Sunday cost £10 and include tea and coffee, these can be booked on Saturday or bought on the door.

Children studying a musical instrument can have free entry to hear these inspirational musicians in the Final – just bring proof such as a teacher’s note or invoice.