Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition 2024

Applications are invited for

The Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition 2024

Open to trombonists aged 25 and below, the competition will consist of two rounds; a preliminary round where applicants must submit an audio recording and a final live round which will take place at the British Trombone Festival at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Three finalists will be chosen from the preliminary round to take part in the live final on Saturday, 26 October, 2024.

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The Prize


  • The Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition Trophy (which remains with the winner for two years)
  • Prize to be announced


  • Hawkins Bass Trombone Mute


  • Denis Wick Voucher


Entry Details

Repertoire for both rounds
  • Introduction, Romance and Allegro by Pierre Lantier

available from June Emerson Wind Music priced £16.94 inc. postage. BTS members can use the discount code on the benefits page.

  • An own choice piece.

Playing time should total 12-15 minutes

 Applications close Saturday, 15 June 2024.

Applicants are to submit an unedited audio (mp3) recording, piano accompaniment is preferred.

General Conditions

  • The Competition is open to bass trombonists of all nationalities.
  • Entrants must be aged 25 years or under on Saturday, 26 October, 2024 to be eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Overseas entrants selected as finalists must ensure that appropriate visas have been obtained before the date of the final.
  • Entrants must submit an unedited mp3 file, attached to the completed registration form, no later than midnight (BST), Saturday, 15 June 2024.
  • To maintain impartiality, audio files must not include the names of the performer or accompanist, or any other identifying features.
  • Submitted MP3 files will remain the property of the BTS.
  • Finalists will be notified by the Thursday, 1 August, 2024.
  • Finalists must be available to perform at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR on Saturday, 26 October 2024 as part of the British Trombone Festival.
  • Final round performances are open to the public.
  • Travel expenses to and from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will not be paid.
  • A piano accompanist will be provided.
  • The decision of the judges is final and binding, there is no right of appeal.

BTS members: Free
Non-members: £30