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EVC Music at Carmel Klavier Competition 2018 USA

Elena Cobb Star Prize Star Prize at Carmel Klavier
I am delighted to tell you that for the second year running, the committee for the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition has selected piano works published by EVC Music for the programme and a great variety of piano pieces by our composers will be featured in the Contemporary Composers category.

Heather Hammond, UK
Irina Nenartovuh, USA
Andrew Higgins, UK

Donald Thomson, Scotland
Sam Wedgwood, Australia
Lindsey Berwin, UK

Cash prizes will be presented to the most outstanding performances of their works. Pieces by either composer may be used to enter the Contemporary Composers category (levels Elementary, Intermediate. & Advanced).
And the most exciting prize of all – the winners will be invited to perform at the Winners Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in Spring 2019. Please email for any questions and sign up for updates. For the Repertoire List, please click >
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Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Prestigious Feurich Competition Vienna 2018


I am delighted to share with you that piano works by various composers published by EVC Music are now included in the programme of the prestigious Feurich Competition 2018 in Vienna.

Elena Cobb Star Prize is a new and optional category for contemporary composers
Needless to say that as a publisher, I view this opportunity as a big honour and responsibility as historically, Vienna remains the centre of the European Classical music tradition and the opportunity for our compositions to be played in the settings of this great city fills me with pride. 
The winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize category will receive a cash prize and will be invited to perform at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2019. The date will be announced soon, please sign up> for the updates. 
If you are a teacher, parent or guardian who is interested in entering your student or child to take part, please click on the link> to discover the performance repertoire list selected by the organisers. 
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Recipients of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Awards at Carmel Klavier Piano Competition 2017

Carmel Klavier 2017

Many congratulations to the winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 in the United States and I am looking forward to welcoming you all at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5th, 2018.

Minerva Cao (USA)
Deva Sengun (Germany)
Victor Perez (USA)
Jude Fradillada (USA)
Julian Rodriguez (Colombia)
Lauren Lo (USA)
Christina Peng (USA)

A heartfelt thank you to their piano teachers who worked tirelessly on preparing the programmes, also organisers of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 and especially to Irina Gorin.


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Winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Announced

Elena Cobb STar Prize Winners EVC Music
The winners at Richmond upon Thames Music Festival 2017

A huge heartfelt congratulation to the current winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize and a massive thank you to all who were involved in the events: performers, adjudicators, volunteers and support teams of family and friends,  you are all stars, thank you!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at February’s Hazel Grove Festival, as nominated by Federation Adjudicator, Caroline Clemmow:

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Esta Shuttleworth, aged 11, playing ‘Polka Butterfly’.

The winners at Highbridge Festival of the Arts in March, as selected by Federation Adjudicator, Gillian Oswell:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Florence Pincott, aged 8, playing ‘Pirate Song’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Katie Redford, aged 9, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: prize shared between Sophie Newman, aged 13, playing ’Mrs Van Der Blond’ & Penny Sandford-Hughes, aged 16, playing ‘Blue River’.

The winner of the Star Prize at Cornwall Music Festival in March as selected by Federation Adjudicator Timothy Barratt:

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Amy Brigden, aged 13, playing ‘Nerdy Cat Twist’.

At Don Valley Festival in March, the winners of the Star Prize were chosen by Federation Adjudicator, Richard Deering:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Sam Barlow, aged 9, playing ‘Pirate Song’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Methnuli Rao, aged 9, playing ‘Take Three Jazz Waltz’.

At Richmond upon Thames in March, the Elena Cobb winners were chosen by Federation Adjudicator Susan Clark:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Pieter Wepener, aged 6, playing ‘Jingle Bells in London’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Nicolaas Wepener, aged 7, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Mia Wepener, aged 9, playing ‘Star Dust’.

The winners at Perform in Perth were chosen by our Federation Adjudicator Liz Childs:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Lucy Robertson, aged 10, playing ‘Take the Tuba’ and ‘Morning at St Paul’s’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Archie Sloan, aged 12, playing ‘Peony Pink’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Ellie Ridley, aged 15, playing ‘Star Dust’.

Read more about Elena Cobb Star Prize, a new and exciting educational initiative here > 

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New Repertoire List For Elena Cobb Star Prize 2017 for The British & International Federation of Festivals


Joint Press Release, March 2017


Fantastic news, The British and International Federation of Festivals, EVC Music and, ABRSM are joining forces!

From 2017, Elena Cobb Star Prize will include a wide selection of music by modern British composers published by Elena Cobb (EVC Music Publications Ltd) and feature Piano Star books 1-3 published by the ABRSM in the Duet & Trios Class and Solo Class for Beginners to Intermediate levels.

There are still three classes available but the main difference is that Elena has decided to introduce a separate class for duets and trios.

  1. Duets & Trios: Beginners to Late Intermediate, up to Prep Test – Gr. 6 ABRSM level.
  2. Solo Class: Beginners to Early Intermediate level, up to Prep Test – Gr. 5 ABRSM level.
  3. Solo Class: intermediate to Advanced level, Gr. 6 – 8 ABRSM level.
    Please note that ABRSM grades are used for guidance.

All books by EVC Music and can be ordered from the publisher’s website or bought at your local music retailer – just ask your friendly shop keeper to order the books from Alfred Music UK (email unless the books are already on the shelves. Piano Star books 1-3 can be ordered from ABRSM’s website click here>> or bought at your local music retailer.

Digitally released piano sheet music and play-along tracks can be ordered on Once printed, digital pieces will carry a watermark providing a proof of purchase and licence with your order number.

Elena Cobb Star Prize is an innovative opportunity which is designed to increase participation at The British & International Federation of Festivals. To apply, or if you require any additional information, please contact Jazmine at Festivals House as soon as possible as funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please click here>> to view a full Elena Cobb Star Prize New Repertoire List.

The British Federation of Festivals
EVC Music Publications Ltd

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The Elena Cobb Star Prize At The Selston Music Festival 2015

Elena Cobb Star Prize 2015

A Heartfelt Thank you!

Earlier today, I attended the Selston Music Festival, a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals by kind invitation of Susan Wardle and Julie O’Dowd.

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the event organisers, committee members, teachers Julie O’Dowd and John Dunn, accompanists, and especially, the young stars and their families, and, not to forget, a wonderful audience for receiving my music so warmly. 

The Selston Music Festival began as a non-competitive music festival in 1942 and today it is a very popular event in the calendar in the local community. The Festival has always been affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which HM the Queen is patron. More about the festival here.

Elena Cobb Star Prize 2015
Evie and her piano teacher John Dunn

The Elena Cobb Star Prize

Earlier this year, The British and International Federation of Festivals was delighted to announce that The Elena Cobb Star Prize was included in their Syllabus as in innovative opportunity designed to increase participation. The Selston Music Festival is the first festival in the UK to award The Elena Cobb Star Prize. 

The Performances

Elena Cobb Star Prize
Piano sheet music by Elena Cobb played at the festival

It was a real pleasure to watch the contestants who were very well prepared and I was glad that the tough decision of selecting the winner in each category was down to the experienced adjudicator Michael Shelton. 

Elena Cobb Star Prize 2015


In his comments, adjudicator Michael Shelton was happy to highlight the fact that the music books are well laid out and the scores were easy to read. He praised the contestants on excellent sense of expression and their ability to deliver musical pieces from ‘My Piano Trip To London‘, ‘Higgledy Piggledy JazzandBlue River‘ with with flair and confidence.


Elena Cobb Star Prize 2015
Adjudicator Michael Shelton and Susan Wardle, joint co-ordinator 

Fantastic Team at The Selston Music Festival

“Dear Elena,

The committee have requested that I send you a huge thankyou for letting us take part in your wonderful star prize competition. We were all so pleased to welcome you to Selston. We work so hard all year round to keep the festival going and when we have as successful a day as last Saturday, it makes it all worthwhile. I enjoyed hearing your music so much and we have received some lovely comments from both audience and teachers. We do hope you enjoyed your day with us too.

Warmest Wishes,

Susan, joint co-ordinator”

Elena Cobb Star Prize 2015
Elena Cobb with Donald Grundy, chairman of the festival
Elena CobbStar Prize 2015
Treasurer Linda Davies with Robert van Haazel
Elena Cob Star Prize 2015
The Selston Music Festival Committee member Marion Williamson, patron Jean and Linda Davies, the treasurer