Stroud Green Festival 6-24 June 2018
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Stroud Green Festival’s Ensembles

A new annual competition for ensembles: up to 3 ensembles benefit from a year mentoring & at least one engagement in the Festival as a resident ensemble.


The Final round competition will open to the public and take place on 7 June on the opening night of Stroud Green Festival 2018. At least one ensemble (possibly up to 3 ensembles) will be selected and will:

  • benefit from an engagement of £300 per individual performer in Stroud Green Festival 2019 (eg £1200 for a quartet). Our theme for 2019 is women performers and composers so we would ideally expect your ideas to contribute to that theme.
  • receive a year of mentoring and support: objectives will be agreed in the early mentoring sessions but might include helping an ensemble identify challenges, develop a new cross-art-form programme, secure engagements with other promoters, write a business plan, apply for funding, secure radio broadcast and press coverage.


  • 5pm on Tues, 15 May 2018
    Deadline for application (see below).
  • Mon 21 May & Tues 22 May 2018
    First stage auditions in Stroud Green.
  • Weds 23 May
    Announcement of those called to perform in the final.
  • 28 May to 5 June
    References need to be available for a phone conversation during this period.
  • 28 May to 5 June
    During this period at least one of your group needs to be available for a mentoring meeting, Skype or phone call to discuss your proposed project and opportunity to refine it ahead of the final competition.
  • 7 June
    Final competition.

Find out more:

The Stroud Green Festival ensembles competition

Your Mentor & our track record in helping musicians

What we are looking for: the criteria

How to apply

020 7281 6864
email us