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CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition

In memory of Pamela Majaro

The origins of the present intercollegiate chamber music competition go back to the Gerard Heller Memorial Quartet Fund, founded and endowed in 1961 by Rosemary Rapaport in memory of her husband, Gerard Heller. Gerard was an amateur pianist with a passion for chamber music, particularly string quartets, hosting many concerts in his home, including the Griller Quartet's first performance in Manchester. Rosemary was a violinist who studied and subsequently taught at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1962, along with her friend Irene Foster, she established the Purcell School.

In 2012 the competition was given a fresh endowment by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. String quartets now alternate annually with piano trios to compete for the prizes.

The competition was dedicated to one of CAVATINA's two founders, Pamela Majaro, who sadly died in February 2016.

CAVATINA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Laurie & Gillian Marsh Charitable Trust in making the competition possible.


2022 Results

First Prize ⋅ Trio Havisham (Royal Northern College of Music)
Second Prize ⋅ Metastos Trio (Trinity Laban)
Audience Prize ⋅ Trio Alora (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Roger Wright CBE, adjudicator, said:

“The Trios have all given us deep pleasure in their performances, and it's a reminder of the importance of the joy of live music making and being together in the room.

The notion of listening to 8 performances of the Ghost Trio might seem under other circumstances an odd challenge, but how easy the Trios made it for us all by the variety and strength of their performances, and that's the reminder of the power of live music - that the Trios can all come with their creative strength and imagination, and bring such variety and authenticity to each of their performances.”