Kent Festival Junior Pianist of the Year

The First Prize of £75 will be awarded to the most promising performer of the day from Kent. To be eligible, candidates must have entered TWO solo competitive classes plus one other, or have been awarded the Whitstable or Ramsey cup. A prize of £35 will be awarded to the runner-up.

The winner in 2016 was Ami Watters from Herne Bay.

Kent Festival Pianist of the Year (13 – 19 Years)

A BURSARY AWARD OF £100 and the Hudson-Peacock Cup will be awarded to the most promising performer of the day from Kent. To be eligible, candidates must have entered TWO solo classes plus one other. The CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY second prize is £75. The winner will be invited to play in the Music at St Peter’s concert series in May 2018.

The winner in 2016 was Timon Staehler from Canterbury

The Jacob Barnes Award for piano in chamber music.

A further substantial bursary towards participation in a renowned chamber music course is available to a pianist who demonstrates significant ability and interest in making music with other. Age limit : 21 years. [/box]

Please note that if insufficient entries are received in any of the classes where a cup is specified, the committee reserves the right to re-allocate the cups. In the event of insufficient entries, classes may be combined.

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Welcome to the annual Kent Festival Piano Classes for 2017.  It gives us great pleasure to introduce our new syllabus for this year.  This year the syllabus remains largely unchanged except for the new £25 award in the Open Concerto Class and the ‘Etude’ class which carries a token award.  Some of you may know the late Jacob Barnes together with his extensive contributions to the festival in recent years, and to this end we are pleased to announce that there is a further award for a pianist who demonstrates significant ability in Chamber Music.

In addition, participants may wish to try their hand at the quick study, improvisation and piano accompaniment classes, a number of which seek to encourage ensemble playing amongst pianists. With the range of Junior and Senior classes being as extensive and accessible as ever, it would be wonderful if both new and existing participants could join us in a real celebration of the piano and its music making.  With our adjudicator, Timothy Barrett, all participants are assured of quality advice and great support throughout the day. So, whether you are a soloist, duettist, accompanist or composer, do come and join us for an excellent day of music making. Parents & friends are, of course, very welcome to join us at any time.

We look forward to seeing you all in November.

Spencer Payne & Stephen Dandridge



Junior and Senior Classes

Timothy Barrett

TIMOTHY BARRATT studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons.  He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he  developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger. Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.

An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator. He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.

Piano Syllabus

Saturday 4th November – All Day Junior Classes (am) & Senior Classes (pm) all at St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury Adjudicator: Timothy Barrett Closing date for entries: 12/10/2017 Download Syllabus

Committee- Piano Section

Chairman (Seniors): Spencer Payne Chairman (Juniors): Stephen Dandridge Entries: Stephen Dandridge Treasurer: Marjorie Grove Trophies: Marjorie Grove Assistants: Hazel Pantony, Lorraine Spiro

We would like to thank the Head of St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury for allowing us to use the premises, and for help and co-operation. We would also like to thank those individuals and organizations who give prizes for many of the classes. Full details will be given in the programme.