Competition 2006

13 May 2006

13 May 2006


Blackpool Holiday Centre, Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Venue: Prince Theatre, Blackpool Holiday Centre, Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 2SX

Our original date and venue for Final 2006 was 23rd April 2006, at Pakefield Holiday Centre. But the Final 2006 will now be held as detailed above. This is because Blackpool Centre provides us better facilities and increased capacities for future programmes.

Pre-order the DVD set

Competition 2006 finalists will each receive a DVD set.

A DVD set, featuring the whole Competition and the Evening Concert, will be £11.00 as special pre-order price if you order any date up to the Competition day (13th May 2006).

Normal price for the DVD set is £25.00. If you buy two sets, you get a third set free!! Why not give the extra sets to your friends to encourage them in the electronic organ?

For more details, postage prices, and to order the DVD, please see the ES Plaza.

Competition 2006 finalists

The Competition is divided into two categories based on contestants' performance experience. Requirements for entry to category Venus include electronic organ performance experience of 2 to 3 years, while that for category Jupiter is 4 or more years.

Category Venus


Category Jupiter

Luke Smith (England)
Nathalie Yiqun Wang (China)
Liang Qi (China)
Jingwei Zhao (China)
Wenchun Jiang (China)
Shupeng Lai (China)
Alicia Desiré García Álvarez (Spain)
Raquel Lucía Afonso Rodríguez (Spain)
  Silvia Corona González (Spain)
Yoshiki Kawamoto (Scotland)
Xiaowei Wang (China)
Hayley Gibbs (England)
Xuefei Ren (China)
Ikuko Yokoyama (England)
Zhe Ni (China)
Hui Cai (China)

Winners of Competition 2005 had direct entry to Final 2006, they are Carlos Valbuena Martón and Silvia Corona González. Carlos is unable to participate this year. Claire Chapoule-Bard (France), who won third place last year, was successful in entering Final 2006 but unfortunately not able to come. Contestants who performed in the Open Concert and Workshop in London in September 2005 also had direct entry to Final 2006. They are Luke Smith and Yoshiki Kawamoto, both also entered Final 2005 where Yoshiki won the Senior section runner-up. The names above are not listed in any particular order.

Finalists will play their competition piece on Yamaha organs, either the EL900 or the Stagea ELS-01C.

Competition 2006 report

The Competition saw 15 contestants playing in the Final on 13th May 2006. Seven contestants competed in the Venus Category, while eight competed in the Jupiter Category. So, how did it go? Please read on.

There are numerous photos included in this report. They are not meant to be exhaustive but they do capture much of what happened in the Competition. Note that some of the photos were captured out from video footage so they are not very clear.

Competition 2006 advert

Blackpool Festival 2006

The UK Open Competition 2006 is held as an independent event of Sceptre Promotion's Blackpool Festival. The Festival takes place at Blackpool Holiday Centre.

The map on the left shows the location of Blackpool, please click on it to see more maps of the Centre - but note information may be out of date since our event there in 2006.

Sceptre Promotion has their own web sites here, you may also want to check this link. Be sure to check out some photos of Blackpool on this page (click Blackpool Centre Photos).

Blackpool programme

This page is provided primarily for Competition 2006 contestants and those who are involved in the event. Other readers may find this interesting.

The scanned images are from the Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade magazine, which is copyrighted. To give contestants advance information about the event, please read these pages in detail. We will assume that you have read this and understood what you are required to do.


Blackpool Festival announcement

The May 2006 edition of Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade magazine cover:

Cavalcade magazine reports Competition 2006 a great international success


Organ and Keyboard Calvacade Magazine Article, August 2006