BPSE 31st Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2024)

Sunday 24 March 2024, 1pm

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Recital Hall), 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR

James Brawn, Julian Hellaby, John Humphreys


Booking link for observers: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bpse-junior-senior-intercollegiate-piano-competitions-17-24-march-2024-tickets-856300125727?aff=oddtdtcreator


  1. Bagatelle in C major, Op.119 No.7.
  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.


  • Cash prizes
  • A year’s complimentary membership of the Society
  • The Beethoven Medal awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians
  • Carola Grindea Audience Prize
  • The First Prizewinner will be invited to take part in the BPSE Competition-winners’ Recitals series.