2020 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition (Postponed 2021)

Update: In light of the third national lockdown, the 2020 Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition, originally rescheduled for 7 February 2021, is inevitably unable to take place. The Society will aim to reschedule the competition in June 2021.

The 28th Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition is dedicated to the memory of BPSE Honorary Member and former Membership Secretary Henry Atterbury.

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  1. Bagatelle Op.126 No.4 in B minor (with repeats)
  2. Any complete Beethoven piano sonata (excluding Op.49, Nos.1 & 2 & Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier‘). As an alternative to a sonata, pianists may perform Variations and Fugue in E flat Major Op.35, ‘Eroica Variations‘.


  1. Exposition repeats in first movements in normal sonata form SHOULD NOT be observed, except in Op.78 and Op.79.
  2. Repeats of development and recapitulation, where present, should also be omitted.
  3. Exposition repeats in other movements in sonata form should be omitted. An exception is the Op.10 No.2 finale, where the first repeat should be observed but not the second.
  4. The large repeats in the second sections of Op.54 and Op.57 finales should be omitted.
  5. Normal repeats in second movements, slow movements, minuet/scherzo and trios movements and Variations should be observed.

The First Prizewinner will be invited to take part in the BPSE Competition-winners’ Recitals series. Prizewinners will receive a cash prize and a year’s complimentary membership of the Society (until 31st March 2022).

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