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Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2018 and Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2018 – Piano

The Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition is back for 2018, and is this year run alongside our first ever competition for young pianists! The competitions are open to young singers and young pianists from Berkshire for them to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age.

Competing across three rounds, the first and second rounds will take place at locations around Berkshire. Round One will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017, and Round Two will be held on Saturday 13 January 2018. The Final for both competitions will take place on Sunday 11 March 2018 and will be held at Eton College School Hall as part of Windsor Festival.

Last Year's Winners

The 2017 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition, again run in partnership with Windsor Festival and their International String Competition, focused on strings and the overall winner was 15 year old William Campbell from Wellington College. The overall runner-up was cellist Souny Yi Park who also won the category for 10-12 year olds.

Categories and Classes

There will be multiple categories, each with their own winner. The overall winner will be presented with the winner’s cup along with their category prize. The categories will be:

Piano competition:
• 10 years old and under
• 11-14 years old
• 15-18 years old

Singing competition:
• 12 years old and under
• 13-15 years old
• 16-18 years old

(N.B. The age of the applicant is decided based upon the age they will be on 31 August 2018.)

We encourage entries of all abilities in each of our age categories. Our judging criteria is designed to look much further than technical standards and level of playing and will reward many other aspects such as musical awareness, tone/sound quality and performance flair, all of which can be present in musically gifted children of any standard.

There will be three classes for the singing competition:

  • Classical song (accompanied)
  • Musical theatre/film/popular song (accompanied)
  • Folk song (unaccompanied)

An accompanist can be provided for classes one and two if you require it.

All entrants to the piano competition will compete in a single class and should have already exceeded grade one standard . Pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes.

Entrants can choose if they wish to perform the same pieces or different pieces for each of the rounds.

Qualifying Criteria

Entry to the competition is strictly regulated to musicians of 18 years or under who can tick at least one of the following criteria:

  • A permanent resident of Berkshire
  • Attending a school within Berkshire
  • Currently taking lessons with Berkshire Maestros

The full Terms and Conditions for the competitions can be read by clicking below:

Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2018 Terms and Conditions

Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2018 - Piano Terms and Conditions

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to apply for the competitions, please complete our entry form by clicking on either of the links below:

The closing date for entries is Thursday 19 October 2017.

Entry fees for the piano competition are £6. Entry fees for the singing competition are £10 per class, or £25 for entering all three classes.

About our Partners

Windsor Festival was founded in 1969 with Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Hunter as Artistic Directors and Laurence West as Executive Chairman. The original idea for the Festival was put forward by Robin Woods (Dean of Windsor) in 1968 based around the participation of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin using St George's Chapel, the State Apartments of Windsor Castle and the Theatre Royal. The Dean decided to form the Windsor Festival Society, which then moved to plan the first Festival. Since that time the Festival has continued to attract distinguished artists from around the world.

Berkshire Maestros is delighted to work in such close partnership with Windsor Festival for the Young Singer and Young Musician competitions.

Berkshire Young Singer


Berkshire Young Musician


2017 Category winners and judges


BYMY winners 2017
The overall winner’s cup


BYMY winner 2016
2016 Winner Fiona Martin


BYMY winner 2015
2015 Winner Alex Dawkins



Windsor Festival

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