May 28, 2019

COBIS Senior School Music Festival 2019

  • Crimson Education
  • Netherlands
Multiple Competition Skill Building Other


Now in its fifth year, the COBIS Music Festival is a wonderful weekend of workshops, competitions, performances and fun social activities. This fantastic event celebrates talented COBIS students from around the world through a full programme, providing them with the opportunity to meet and socialise with students from other countries.

Schools must register on behalf of students. Schools can bring a maximum of 20 students (this number may depend on the number of schools that sign up).

There will be several workshops over the weekend, with:

Dominic Peckham – Conductor (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)
Ioanna Ismyridi – Conductor/Repetiteur (Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra)
Andrew Plummer – Lead Singer/Guitarist (Snack Family, World Sanguine Report, Bilbao Syndrome)

For more information, please click here.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Year 6 - 13.



Students must be able to perform to a high standard, either as soloists or as part of ensembles. They will be competing with COBIS member school musicians from around the world. Only a handful of winners are selected

Participation Cost


Students - €200
Staff - €165
COBIS school entry fee (additional) - £295

These costs include:

Competition entry
Transfers between Schiphol airport and the accommodation (upon arrival and departure)
Travel from the accommodation to the school and the social event on Saturday
A welcome dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, beach BBQ dinner and disco on Saturday at Scheveningen Beach, and lunch on Sunday

Accommodation is an additional cost and must be booked independently by each school. In order to help schools book accommodation, BSN has linked with a travel organisation, Expohotels, who will assist with the booking. After registering for the Music Festival, COBIS will send schools an accommodation booking form. There are several accommodation options available. Please click here to see suggested accommodation options.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Students must be skilled musicians, and eligible for the categories listed below:

Upper School Piano Solo
Lower School Piano Solo
Upper School Instrumental Solo (Classical)
Lower School Instrumental Solo (Classical)
Upper School Instrumental Ensemble (Classical)
Lower School Instrumental Ensemble (Classical)
Upper School Vocal Ensemble
Lower School Vocal Ensemble
Upper School Vocal Solo
Lower School Vocal Solo
Pop/Rock Band (1 entry per school maximum)
Upper School Pop/Rock Instrumental Solo (Drum Kit, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar)
Lower School Pop/Rock Instrumental Solo (Drum Kit, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar)

Note: Upperschool refers to students in years 10-13; Lowerschool refers to students in years 6-9

Time Commitment


The time commitment outside of regular practice relates only to the travel times and event itself. However, applicants will be presumed to already be committing significant numbers of hours to their musical practice.

Application Deadline

2020 dates to be released.

Application Process Includes

Schools should register for the event through our online form.

The location for the competition changes each year. The 2019 Competition will be held at The British School in the Netherlands.