SOA Young Organists' Competition: rules

Young Organists’ Competition 2022


1. Eligibility

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under in full-time education in the UK.

2. Entries

Entries should be made by completing the online form here, where any video recordings should also be submitted - see below.

Permission from a parent/guardian will be required for those under 18. The entry fees are as follows:


Novice: £5

Intermediate or Advanced: £10

3. Classes


  1. Advanced (Grade 8+)
    Two pieces, contrasting in style and period, together lasting not more than twelve minutes.

  2. Intermediate (Grade 6-7)
    One or two pieces, in total lasting between five and seven minutes

  3. Novice (Grades 1-5)
    One piece, lasting up to seven minutes



4. Prizes


Prizes will be awarded to the best entry in each class performing in person on the day of the competition. The prizes in 2022 will be as follows:


  1. Advanced: £75

  2. Intermediate: £40

  3. Novice (Grades 1-5): £25



5. Adjudication

The adjudicator for 2022 will be Sarah MacDonald MA FRCO, Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, University Organist at Cambridge, and Director of the Girl Choristers at Ely Cathedral. The adjudicator’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Names of winners and runners up in each class will be emailed to competitors and published on the SOA website within a few days of the competition date (depending on size of entry).

Participants will receive more detailed individual feedback via email soon after this.

6. Safeguarding

The SOA aims to provide a safe environment for everyone who enters the competition.

• Permission given by parents /guardians of entrants under 18 as part of the entry process will constitute allowing a video performance to be used for the purpose of adjudication

• The posting of video performances to be marked by an adjudicator will constitute authorized use of photography.

7. Privacy

Please refer to the Privacy Policy published on our website

8. Recordings


Video files should be clearly named with the name of the performer and the word 'video'.

Video recordings should be set up so that the performer and the organ console are clearly visible at all times. Ideally it should be possible to see your feet as well as a clear shot of your hands at the keys. The angle/frame of the captured video image should be consistent (i.e. stationary) throughout.

Participants should introduce themselves by name and announce the piece/s that they are about to play prior to commencing their performance.

Where participants play more than one piece, the two pieces should be recorded in a single video.

A copy of your score must be uploaded alongside the recording for the adjudicator to use (this will be deleted after the adjudication). Score files should be clearly named with the name of the performer and the word 'Score'; if multiple files are uploaded then this should also include the name of the composer.

It is the responsibility of the host of the location at which the recorded performance takes place to ensure that the space used is appropriate for the performance and is free from any Health and Safety risks such as trip hazards. The Association will not be responsible or liable for any injury that may occur because of a video recording being made.

Insurance is the responsibility of the parent or teacher, depending on the location of the recording.