Barbirolli international oboe festival

Lady Evelyn Barbirolli OBE

Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & Competition

Founded 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. The 4th Barbirolli Festival was held from 1st to 8th April 2017.

President / Artistic Advisor:
Professor George Caird

Daniel Barenboim
Sir Mark Elder CBE
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Professor Colin Lawson
Raymond Leppard CBE
Julian Lloyd Webber
Professor Linda Merrick
Sir Simon Rattle CBE OM

Director: John Bethell MBE D Mus (Hon)
Administrator: Gloria Balakrishna

Previous Patrons include Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE CH, Sir Patrick Moore and Sir Michael Neubert

The 2017 Jury was:
George Caird - UK (Chairman)
Jean-Louis Capezzali - France
Elaine Douvas - USA
Diethelm Jonas - Germany
Celia Nicklin - UK

The competition is administered by the Erin Arts Centre with funds provided by:
Hugh & Sandra Davidson
Jim Mellon
The Isle of Man Arts Council

and in association with

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 studied 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


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


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