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Applications are now closed for the 2024 Competition.

Thank you to all who applied – and good luck!


The finalists will be contacted in the last week of February and details of the participating ensembles will be posted on this page in due course.


This prestigious and longstanding biennial competition takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, as part of York Early Music Festival 2024.

Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the world of early music, the competition attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering an important boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, and international exposure.

“We felt so welcomed and taken care of, and your flawless organisation meant we were able to focus entirely on our music making and enjoy the wonderful experience of the festival.” Liturina, competitors 2022
“It has been a huge pleasure to be in York, what a joy! Thank you again for all the support and for the wonderful organisation. Everyone was so nice, and…what an organisation!” UnderStories, competitors 2022
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