Entries are invited for the
5th annual James Waterhouse Piano Competition held at Loretto School. The
renowned competition began in 2010 and continues to attract young performers
from all over Scotland and beyond.
The date of the 2015
Competition is Saturday 28th February 2015.The competition is free
to enter and candidates must be under 19 years of age and in full time school
education in the UK on 28th February 2015.
New for 2015 is a
Non-Competitive Masterclass for children up to Grade 5.
The first round for each class
will be held simultaneously, in three locations during the day at Loretto
School. Each candidate will compete on a Steinway model B grand piano.
The best three pianists from
the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced classes will perform in the Piano
Competition Finals Concert at 7:00 pm that evening in Loretto School Chapel.
There are four classes;
Junior Masterclass (up to
Foundation (Grade 5/6)
Intermediate (Grades 7/8)
Advanced (Grade 8+)
The finals prizes are as
Foundation: £150 plus the
Piano Competition Foundation trophy.
Intermediate £250 plus the
James Waterhouse trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to perform at Steinway
Hall in London.
Advanced: £400, the James
Waterhouse Piano Competition Trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to perform at
Steinway Hall in London.
Loretto is an all-Steinway
School. Steinway has a reputation for building the finest concert grand
pianos in the world and are the number one supplier to concert halls
worldwide. All the pianos in the Junior and Senior Schools are brand new
Steinways. This includes three Concert Grand model B pianos in the
Chapel, the Concert Hall and the main piano teaching room. There are two Steinway
model V uprights for practice, as well as Boston or Essex grands and uprights,
which are also manufactured by the Steinway group.
These superb pianos are part
of Loretto’s strategy to continue to develop ‘a centre of excellence in the
expressive arts’. Playing the piano is one of the most popular ways of
fostering a lifelong love of music from an early age. The many boys and girls
that currently learn now perform, are taught and even practice on a daily basis
on the finest pianos in the world. With the help of Steinway our pianists now have the best start to their musical education any
child could ever have.
Click here for an application form.
Further details can be
found on www.loretto.com
Set in a leafy campus just outside Edinburgh near East
Lothian's coastline, Loretto provides an all‐round education for around 630
boys and girls – boarders and day pupils ‐ aged 3‐18. The School is made up of
two parts: the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children aged 3‐12, and the
Senior School for those aged 12‐18.
Founded in 1827 as Scotland's original boarding school,
Loretto is well known for its relaxed family atmosphere, traditional values and
emphasis on the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.