New Friends Group

New Friends Group

Invitation to join ‘Friends of Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival’

The 2016 competition will take place from 27 April to 1 May, and will form the central event of Mayfield Festival, which itself runs from 24 April to 8 May. It’s an exciting development for the Mayfield Festival which has been held every other year in the village for almost 50 years and is recognised globally as one of the UK’s premier classical festivals.

The move to Mayfield also helps to secure the future of the Competition which started in 1979 and has played an important role in the early careers of several internationally celebrated musicians. Past winners include piano virtuoso Paul Lewis, now the competition’s President; opera stars Anne Sofie von Otter and Patricia Rozario; great Spanish clarinettist Joan Enric Lluna; Russian pianist Yuri Didenko; and flautist Michael Cox, currently principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The name of the competition will now be ‘Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival’.  In parallel with this move, the Council for the competition has decided to formalise our network of Competition supporters into a Friends group.   We feel that the benefits of having a Friends group will be:

  • By joining the Friends, people demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the Competition
  • Friends can feel valued and involved with the Competition
  • Friends can feed back their views about the Competition to the Council
  • Friends can offer to help in running the Competition as hosts, stewards etc
  • Regular donations from Friends will help secure the Competition’s future
  • Friends can be offered benefits like early booking and season tickets

Whether or not you are already a supporter of the competition, we hope you will consider joining the Friends group.   You can choose the level of support that you feels appropriate for you.   Friends and patrons will be kept in touch via a bi-annual newsletter, will receive priority booking for Competition events and other benefits as outlined below.

Your level of support Minimum donation pa What you would receive in recognition of your support:
Friend £25 Newsletter, priority booking for Competition events
Silver Patron £100 As above, plus two free tickets to all preliminary rounds. Name acknowledged in Competition programme.
Gold Patron £250 As above plus 40% discount on tickets for finals, and invitation to a reception during the Competition. Name acknowledged in Competition programme, against sponsored items.
Diamond Patron £1,000 Potential commercial sponsors or individuals willing to make large donations, are encouraged to approach us to discuss their expectations.

If you are willing to support the competition as a Gold or Diamond Patron, you might like to consider sponsoring a specific prize or event as shown in the list below.

We are open to discussing other ideas for your patronage of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival.  If you would like to discuss sponsorship further please contact Jonnie Jones, Chair of Mayfield Festival and Council member for the Competition, at:

We would very much encourage you to complete the attached form to become a member of ‘Friends of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival’, and return it to the address at the bottom of the form.  If you have any questions about the Friends, please contact Mary Anderson, Friends Secretary at or 01892 617007.

Thank you again for all the support and help you continue to give the Competition. We hope to see you at the Competition and other Mayfield Festival events in April/May.

Yours sincerely

Chris Storr

Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition at Mayfield Festival

Sponsorship opportunities for Gold and Diamond Patrons

Item Cost
Winner of the piano section £1,500
Winner of string section £1,500
Winner of woodwind and brass section £1,500
Second prize for piano section £1,000
Second prize for string section £1,000
Second prize for woodwind and brass section £1,000
Third prize for piano section* £500
Third prize for string section* £500
Third prize for woodwind and brass section £500
Piano concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
String concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
Woodwind or brass concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields London £400
Concerto opportunity with Tonbridge Philharmonic £750
Concerto opportunity at 2018 Mayfield Festival £750
Masterclass and recital Mayfield School* £200

* Potential interest has already been expressed in some sponsorship items.

For copy of application form click here