EPTA UK Competition 2022-23

Date and Time
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 14:30 to Friday, March 31, 2023 - 00:00


To encourage, motivate and honour high levels of piano playing and piano teaching nationwide, and to promote musical awareness through participation in performing.

Rules of Entry

  • The competition has an age limit of 25 and under for all categories.
  • Entrants are allowed to enter one class only.


Round 1

Categories - Level - Max. platform time (minutes) - Fee (£) 

  • Preparatory (non-competitive)
    Grade 1 or below
    3 minutes
  • Preparatory (competitive)
    Grade 1 or below
    3 minutes
  • Elementary 
    Grades 2–3
    5 minutes
  • Intermediate I
    Grades 4–5
    7 minutes
  • Intermediate II
    Grades 6–7
    9 minutes
  • Advanced I
    Grade 8
    10 minutes
  • Advanced II
    Post-Grade 8
    11 minutes
  • Advanced III
    Post-Grade 8 AND studying at Specialist Music Schools, Conservatoires or University
    13 minutes
  • Advanced IV
    Professional students studying full time at a Conservatoire or University
    14 minutes

Round 1 Performance Rules

  1. Two or more contrasting pieces should be played. Category entry is determined by the piece of the highest level in the set.
  2. A repertoire list is available to assist teachers in the categorisation of pieces. This is an ongoing list. For repertoire enquires, please contact admin [at] epta-uk.org
  3. The competition organisers reserve the right to re-allocate a participant to a different class.
  4. No changes to the repertoire are permitted once the application form has been received.
  5. Performance that goes over the time limit will be stopped and may be penalised.
  6. Performance time limits must be observed. Time starts on the first note and includes the time in between pieces. Pianists are not required to announce their pieces; any spoken introductions must be included in the overall performance time.
  7. The adjudicator(s)’s decision is final.

Round 1 Locations

NB Some regions are in the process of confirming the date, venues and adjudicator. Please check this page for updates and contact information.

  • EPTA Swansea (Closed)
    Saturday 19 November 2022
    Coach House, 878 Carmarthen Road, Fforest-fach, Swansea SA5 8HR
    Adjudicator: Pippa Harrison
    Organiser: Hyelim Morris 
    Closing date: 10 November 2022
  • EPTA Kent (Closed)
    Sunday 20 November 2022
    Springfield 29 Ashford Road Maidstone ME14 5DP
    Adjudicator: Tim Barratt
    Organiser: Nancy Litten (nancylitten [at] btinternet.com)
    Closing date: 13 November
  • EPTA Yorkshire
    Sunday 8 January 2023
    Elizabeth Hall, Wakefield Grammar School, Wakefield, WF1 3QX
    Adjudicator: Josephine Peach
    Organiser: Simon Burgess (musicianburgess [at] hotmail.co.uk)
    Closing Date: 16 December 2022
  • EPTA Lancaster/Manchester
    Sunday 22 January 2023
    Performing Arts Studio, Rossall School, Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW
    Adjudicator: Adam Swayne
    Organiser: Yvette Price in association with the Rossall School
    Closing Date: 8 January 2023
  • EPTA North East
    Saturday 28 January 2023, 12:30–4:30pm
    Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3AE
    Adjudicator: tbd
    Closing Date: 15 January 2023
  • EPTA Essex
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EE
    Adjudicator: tbd
    Organiser: Sharon Goodey
    Closing date: 14 January 2023
    To attend the EPTA Essex competition as an audience member, registration is required. Click here to book.
  • EPTA Cambridge/EPTA Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    The Bateman Auditorium at Gonville and Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TA
    Adjudicator: Anthony Williams
    Organiser: Ilga Pitkevica
    Closing Date: 31 December 2022

Round 1 Entry Instructions

All entries must be submitted via this form (https://forms.office.com/r/wP2gjttsSF) by the closing date set by the organiser(s) of the first rounds.
After completing and submitting the entry form, please proceed to pay the entry fee here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/epta-uk-competition-2022-23-round-1-entry-tickets-440472684657
The entry form and payment box will become live on 21 October 2022 at midday.
Entries will not be accepted without payment 24 hours after the closing date shown above.

Regional Final Rounds

The adjudicator of Round 1 will choose a maximum of TWO performers from each class to go forward into the regional final rounds. Participants may play the same or different repertoire in round 1 and the regional final round as long as the grading level remains the same.
There are to be two regional final rounds during February and March:

  • Sunday 5 March 2023, Recital Room, City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BA
  • North Region date and venue to be announced.

All classes will be represented in the regional final with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in every class. Prizes awarded to each of the two regional final winners of each class as follows:

  • Preparatory £15
  • Elementary £20
  • Intermediate I £25
  • Intermediate II £30 
  • Advance I £35
  • Advance II £40
  • Advance III £45
  • Advance IV £50  

We hope to give recital opportunities for the winners and they will be contacted nearer the time.