LIFEM | 13-16 November 2024

Before applying, please read the competition rules.

If you would rather apply via post or email, you can download the application form.

Basic Ensemble Information

Ensemble members

Main Ensemble Contact Information

Short Ensemble Biography

Preliminary Round Entry

First piece

Second piece

Third piece

Fourth piece

Fifth piece

Thank you!

Audio or audio/visual recordings should be submitted digitally, i.e. via Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive, etc., to

Competition Rules and Format

  • Ensembles may be formed of instrumentalists and singers in any combination and must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of eight.
  • Ensemble members must be an average of 30 or younger on 15th November 2024. If there are any members under 18 they must have written consent from a parent/guardian.
  • Ensembles from all nationalities are encouraged to enter.
  • Ensembles must perform repertoire commonly accepted as "Early Music" (i.e. pre-1800) on period instruments. One contemporary piece written for/or performed on period instruments may be included.
Preliminary Round
  • The audio or video submitted must feature only the musicians who will take part in the competition. All individual members of the ensemble must be included. Two contrasting pieces should be chosen that best represent the ensemble’s usual programming. The audio/video must be un-edited and recorded in one take, just as in a live performance. It should be uploaded to a video platform (i.e. YouTube or Vimeo), but there should be no mention of the competition if the video is public. As two contrasting pieces are required, exact timing details of the pieces should be specified if taken from a longer video. If you have any questions regarding your audio or video, please contact


The adjudicators are Erik Bosgraaf, Robert Smith and Darina Ablogina. In the event of an unforeseeen circumstance, this could be subject to change without warning. The adjudicators' decision is final.

Competition Final

The competition final will take place on Friday 15th November 2024, as part of the London International Festival of Early Music ( Three finalists will perform live in front of the adjudicators. The winner will be decided at the end of the finals and announced live to the audience. Further details will continue to be updated and will be given to the finalists upon selection.

Note to Finalists

  • A harpsichord at a=415 will be available. If any other keyboard is required the arrangements and cost are the responsibility of the finalist unless pre-arranged and agreed with LIFEM.
  • Finalists will be notified of their success by 13th September 2024.
  • The competition may be recorded live by LIFEM and may be used by LIFEM or EMS for promotional or commercial ventures. Recordings will be made available to finalists free of charge.
  • Programme notes for the final are required and should be submitted by 1st October 2024, along with a biography and ensemble photo.


Application Fee

The application fee for EMYEC 2024 is £30. Payments must be made in order for the application to be complete and should be made by BACS.

Payment Details

Bank account name: LIFEM
Sort-code: 56-00-31
Account number: 33945632
Reference: Your ensemble name + COMP