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It was with deep regret that, owing to rising coronavirus cases and tightening restrictions, we had to take the sad decision to cancel the semi-finals and finals of the 2020 competition, scheduled for 15 November at Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset. 


From a record 114 entries, eight excellent semi-finalists (below) had been chosen via online submissions. Thanks to the generosity of our prize donors Nigel Beale, Rosalind Armstrong, Roger Higgins, Anthony Lowrey and Helen Nott, and by drawing on HCO funds, we were able to offer each semi-finalist an ex-gratia payment. We hope that this in some way compensated for the cancellation of the final rounds, and that it will not be too long before we can bring these talented young artists to our audiences.













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