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Barbirolli international oboe festival

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Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & CompetitionFounded by the late Evelyn Barbirolli in 1993, this is an event of exceptional quality which stands as a lasting memorial to her. The festival, now based in the Erin Arts Centre, has attracted competitors from as far away as Australia, China and the United States.

Professor George Caird

Daniel Barenboim
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE CH
Sir Mark Elder CBE
Dr Michael Kennedy CBE
Raymond Leppard CBE
Sir Simon Rattle CBE OM
Professor Linda Merrick

Artistic Adviser: Neil Black OBE
Director: John Bethell MBE, D Mus (Hon)
Administrator: Gloria Ballakrishna

Previous Patrons included Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Patrick Moore and Sir Michael Neubert

2014 Festival

The 2014 Oboe competiton was held in March 2014.

First prize, the Evelyn Rothwell Memorial Prize of £4,000 donated by Jim Mellon, went to Hannah Morgan who studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Second prize, the Neil Black Prize of £2,000 donated anonymously, was awarded to Samuel Bastos (Portugal).

Third prize, the Jim Mellon Prize of £1,000 to Nermis Meises (America).

Click here to read the official press release with photos.

The set piece was Dürer Portrait by Judith Bingham and can be downloaded from


Phone: +44(0) 1624 835858
Fax: +44(0) 1624 836658


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