Pro Corda's national schools’ festival for 2023 is about to begin!

Keep checking back here as the results roll in!

The Pro Corda Festival is the only national festival to exclusively promote and celebrate chamber music within schools. It is available to all instrumental ensembles between three and nine players. The festival is a vibrant annual celebration of chamber music education in the UK. It is held in January, February and March each year and tours schools around the country through qualifying and regional semifinal rounds, culminating in a finals day at a prodigious performance venue. Each group receives individual coaching with a skilled adjudicator during every round, so the further they progress through the competition the more coaching and experience they receive. The Final usually has a special guest adjudicator and is a celebratory day of chamber music which allows the students the opportunity to play for, and meet, their peers in other schools from around the country.

Some of our amazing festival performers

How does it work?

Each group will be invited to perform at a qualifying round where they will receive a public masterclass and written report from one of Pro Corda’s International Chamber Music coaches. Successful groups will be invited to perform at a semi-final round where they will receive an additional masterclass. The final is adjudicated by a distinguished world-class musician.

All finalist groups receive certificates and five ensembles are selected to be Chamber Champions. These groups will be offered a public performance opportunity in a prestigious venue to be announced. In addition to the Chamber Champions, trophies are awarded to schools for Outstanding Performance, and Outstanding Contribution to Chamber Music Education.

The festival is organised into different age categories: under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 19s.

For a full list of rules and regulations please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Pro Corda Festival Adjudicators with 2022 Chamber ChampionsCentral Foundation Boys School, London

It has been a wonderful National Chamber Music Festival for Schools 2022, and congratulations to all schools who took part. We’re so proud of you all for getting chamber music back with such style at your schools!

The standard at the Final on Sunday 13th March at Millfield School was truly extraordinary and it was a privilege to enjoy so many fantastic performances.

The 2022 Chamber Champions!

Under 12s

Brighton College, Brighton

Prep Flute Trio

Under 14s

Beckenham Chamber Music Group, London

Piano Trio, Il Trio Vivace

Under 16s

Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks

Telemann G Major Quartet

Under 19s

Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks

Menotti Trio

National Chamber Music Festival Founders’ Trophy

Central Foundation Boys School, London

String Quartet

Congratulations also to the following groups from The Perse School, Cambridge, who reached Finals status and performed a separate Finals concert at school:

Under 16s

Y10 String Quartet

Melody Trio

Sticky G# Sax Quartet

Under 19s

Harp Trio

L6 String Quartet

So that’s it for another incredible year of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools.

If YOUR school would like to get involved next year we will be opening up the 2023 Festival in September 2022. Follow us on social media by clicking the links below and you will be the first to hear all the details of the new Festival.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and helped us along the 2022 Festival journey. You can read Pro Corda CEO, Andrew Quartermain’s thoughts on this year’s Festival by clicking the link below.

How can our school enter?

Schools can enter the Pro Corda Festival by filling in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with all the details of the applicants and the music they will be performing. Please send the completed spreadsheet following the instructions in the sheet. Our Festival Co-ordinator will then be in touch with all the information you need.

You can download the spreadsheet by clicking the Festival Entry Form.

If you can’t access Microsoft Excel, or have any questions regarding the Festival please contact Pro Corda on 01728 831354.

All Host School Venues and dates can be found at the bottom of this page.

How do I pay the registration fees?

Schools can calculate the total fees for all their groups on the Festival Entry Form above. Payment can then be made via BACS (using the details on the Entry Form) or you can pay online now by filling in the form here. If there is any discrepancy our Festival Co-ordinator will then be in touch.

If you have any further questions regarding the Festival please contact Pro Corda on 01728 831354.

Entry Fees:

U12 Category: £63
U14 Category: £69
U16 Category: £90
U19 Category: £104

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