2021 Festival

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2021 Festival - a message from the Chair

At an ECFA Council meeting on 6th September we reluctantly took the decision that there will be no Edinburgh Competition Festival in 2021.

There were several reasons for this decision. We could not run the Festival under current restrictions, and it seems unlikely that things will have improved significantly by next March.

In addition, under any likely scenario, we would require many more volunteer stewards to ensure that guidelines (on “social distancing” etc.) were being met, and to ensure that proper cleaning and disinfecting took place. As you will be aware, it is tricky finding enough stewards at the best of times, and some of us are in vulnerable categories.

Many teachers and their pupils will be unlikely to be ready to make entries in November. This applies particularly to voice and wind, where the restrictions are especially tight.

I’m afraid that this news will be a great disappointment to performers and their teachers and parents. Many of you have supported the Festival for many years. I hope you will understand the reasons for this decision, and enter again in 2022. We are hoping, however, to put together some virtual contributions for everyone to share in the coming year. Watch this space for updates!

Roger Robertson, Chair ECFA.

2020 Festival is over!

What a wonderful evening was had at the Queen's Hall! We were delighted to welcome The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, our Honorary President, and his wife as part of our audience, and although we sadly had to withdraw our centenary choir item due to Covid-19 precautions, the Highlights concert was a fabulous celebration of the last 12 days of music-making in Edinburgh.

The winner of the Audrey Innes Trophy was Alena Bulatetskaya who played Galliano's Opale Concerto for accordion.

Congratulations go to her, and also to our other Concerto Competition finalists, Rhea Fitzgerald, Alexia Daphne Eleftheriadou and Chun-Yi Kang for wonderful performances. Photos to come...

Thank you to all our participants (over 1000 of you) and your teachers, parents and accompanists for making the centenary festival one to remember!

Concerto Competition: Finalists

After 2 very full days of wonderful entries, the 4 concerto class finalists announced this evening were, in order of performance:

No 11 Alena Bulatetskaya: Galliano Opale Concerto for Accordion

No 25 Chun Yi Kang: Wieniawski Violin Concerto No 2

No 30 Rhea Fitzgerald: Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 (i & ii)

No 47 Alexia Daphne Eleftheriadou: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3

The following were Highly Commended:

Adjudication sheets will be sent out next week to all those who were not able to be at the adjudication this evening.

Huge thanks to our adjudicators Andrew Sherwood and Murray McLachlan and Congratulations to all.

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