Solo Lute Competiton


This unique competition is designed specifically for Solo Lute. The qualifying round will be video entry only. The final will take place in person in Overstrand Methodist Chapel on Thursday 4th April 2024. The Lute Competition is a brand new event which will take place during The Overstrand Festival of Early Music (TOFEM), which runs from 3rd – 7th April 2024.

It is an open competition with 3 prizes.


Entry to the competition is £75.00


Important – Change of Venue – This Competition will now take place in The Belfry Centre for Music & Arts




1st Prize - £1000 plus a Winners concert in the next TOFEM Festival 
2nd Prize - £500 
3rd Prize - £250


The first round will be judged by video entry and each video will need to last 14-17 minutes (approx). The programme is free choice but must be from repertoire composed before 1750.

Solo lute means Renaissance Lute, Baroque Lute, Archlute and Theorbo. If you have any doubts or questions regarding the instrument you are choosing to enter on please contact us before sending in your video. You can play more than one instrument during your video if you wish. 

Qualifying Round - Video Entry 


  • Videos must be between 14-17 minutes in duration
  • The instrument and both hands should be clearly visible throughout the recording
  • Picture and Sound should be recorded simultaneously 
  • The programme should be a mixed and varied programme including at least two different composers
  • All repertoire should have been composed before 1750
  • You can use more than one instrument for your recital
  • No entries will be accepted on Guitar
  • The quality of sound and picture needs to be of good quality but remember you will need to upload the file to YouTube
  • The video entry can be made up of different ‘takes’, but needs to be edited together as one video. Each individual piece must be performed in one take though.
  • The video file will need to be an unlisted YouTube video uploaded to your own YouTube Channel.  You will then need to send us a link in the form below so we are able to view your video.
  • Entrants will be allowed to perform the same pieces in person, in the final, that have been recorded for the video entry.
  • Please complete the online application form below including the link to your youtube performance. 
  • Payment of £75.00 will be requested after you complete the application form and press submit.
  • Entries Open at 9.00am on Monday 9th October and will close on Friday 5th January at 11.59pm. Finalists will be announced via email and online on Monday 15th January.

The Final


  • There will be a maximum of 8 applicants selected for the in-person live Final from the qualifying round.
  • The Final will take place in person at The Belfry Centre for Music & Arts, Cromer, North Norfolk on Thursday 4th April between 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • The adjudicators will be Jacob Heringman and Matthew Wadsworth
  • The results will be announced at the end of the day.




Jacob Heringman - born in America, studied Lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music in London, and later with Pat O'Brien in New York. Based in England since 1987, he is in great demand as a soloist and ensemble player making many recordings of medieval and renaissance music with leading ensembles and singers, including Michael Chance, Barbara Bonney, Charles Daniels, Catherine King, Fretwork, Musicians of the Globe, The King's Singers, Virelai, and the Dufay Collective. Jacob has a growing reputation for his passionate and committed recitals and recordings of deserving but neglected renaissance repertoire. His solo recordings of Holborne, Bakfark, Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book, and The Siena Lute Book, have all been widely praised by critics, and his 2020 recording ‘Inviolata’ featuring music by Josquin des Prez has been widely appreciated.

Matthew Wadsworth - working in the UK and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, Wadsworth has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. His many CD recordings for Channel Classics, Linn Records, Deux-Elles and Wigmore Live have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editor’s Choice on 3 occasions. Matthew studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. Along with his wife Kate, Matthew runs the Deux-Elles record label. As well as helping to promote outstanding artists, this has allowed Matthew to pursue his passion for sound engineering and audio excellence.




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