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Barbirolli international oboe festival

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Lady Evelyn Barbirolli OBE

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 next Oboe competiton will be held in 2014. If anyone would like to sponsor the 2014 Barbirolli Oboe Competition, please contact us.

The set piece has been decided and is Dürer Portrait by Judith Bingham and can be downloaded from

If you would like more information about the 2014 event click on the pdf file below. You will need Adobe Reader installed before you can view the booklet

Download this file Barbirolli Guidance Booklet

Download this file Barbirolli Competition Entry Form

For further information about how to find us and accommodation in Port Erin visit our How To Reach Us Page

You can make an online payment for competition entry by clicking the Paypal button below. If you are paying for another person, be sure to enter the competitor's name.

Fee for Competition £60


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


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