Barbirolli international oboe festival

Due to Covid restrictions, 2020’s event was cancelled and the next competition will take place in March 2023.

Lady Evelyn Barbirolli OBE

The Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition takes place triennially, at the Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man. One of the most prestigious oboe events in the world, it is named after the celebrated oboist and writer Evelyn Rothwell, Lady Barbirolli. Her vision to encourage a wider appreciation of the oboe, to advance excellence in playing and to expand the repertoire for the oboe is mirrored in an event which gives young emerging oboists the chance to compete for one of the coveted prizes whilst also participating in a week of recitals, masterclasses, ensembles and other activities.

President / Artistic Advisor: Professor George Caird


Daniel Barenboim Sir Mark Elder CBE Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood Professor Colin Lawson Professor Linda Merrick Sir Simon Rattle CBE OM

Director: John Bethell MBE DMus (Hon) Hon RNCM

Administrator: Jonathan Griffiths Previous Patrons include Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE CH, Sir Patrick Moore, Sir Michael Neubert, Raymond Leppard and Andrew Lloyd Webber

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