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2020 Competitions

Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 – Woodwind, Brass, Percussion
And Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020

Berkshire Maestros, in partnership with Windsor Festival, will be running two young musician competitions for 2020. The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition is open to players of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, and a second competition will be open to singers as Berkshire Young Singer of the Year.

Both competitions will follow a three stage process of round one, semi-final and final. The live concert finals for both competitions will take place during Windsor Festival at The Old Court in Windsor and will be adjudicated by prominent music professionals.

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Click here for information on the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 Woodwind Brass and Percussion
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Windsor Festival

 

Windsor Festival invites the world’s finest musicians, writers, artists, and local performers to entertain and delight festival audiences, to celebrate Windsor's special place as a Royal town, and to inspire the next generation of artistic talent and creativity.

BYM Singing

Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020

The Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition is back for 2020 following it’s very successful run in 2018. The competition is open to anyone aged 19 and under (on 31 August 2020) from Berkshire for them to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age. Competitors will also benefit from valuable feedback given by established Voice professionals at each stage of the competition.

Students will compete across three lives rounds with the first round and the semi-final taking place at locations across Berkshire. The live concert final will take place during Windsor Festival at The Old Court in Windsor and will be adjudicated by prominent music professionals. Young singers were able to enter in classes for classical song, musical theatre/pop song, and folk song.

Dates for your diary:

Entries open Wednesday 4 September 2019
Entries close Sunday 3 November 2019
Round 1 - Windsor Saturday 9 November 2019
Round 1 - elsewhere Saturday 23 November 2019
Semi-final Saturday 18 January 2020
Final Sunday 29 March 2020

Round 1 will take place at:

Windsor (9 November) Windsor Boy’s School
Bracknell (23 November) Luckley House School
Newbury (23 November) St George’s Church, RG14 6NU
Reading (23 November) Queen Anne’s School

Categories

There are multiple age categories, each with their own winner. The category for the applicant is based upon the age they will be on 31 August 2020 and competitors are automatically entered for the correct category for their age.

The overall winner will be presented with the winner’s cup along with their category prize.

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.

The age categories are:

  • 12 years old and under
  • 13 to 15 years old
  • 16 to 19 years old

Qualifying Criteria

The full Terms and Conditions for Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020 can be read here.

Best of luck!


 

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Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 - Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition in 2020 is open to players of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments. This is the first time that a Berkshire Young Musician competition has been open to percussionists and marks an exciting development for the annual competition. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under (on 31 August 2020) from Berkshire for them to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age.

Students will compete across three rounds with round one being by video entry. The live semi-final will take place at South Hill Park in Bracknell; the live final will take place at The Old Court in Windsor and will be adjudicated by prominent music professionals. Students who play more than one qualifying instrument were encouraged to enter the competition multiple times on each instrument.

There will be three winners per age category - one each for woodwind, brass and percussion. From those nine winners within the categories, a single overall winner will be chosen who will be named Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020.

Dates for your diary:

Entries open Thursday 5 September 2019
Entries close Saturday 30 November 2019
Semi-final Sunday 2 February 2020
Final Sunday 15 March 2020

Categories

There are multiple categories for each instrument, each with their own winner. The category for the applicant is based upon the school year that they are in. We encouraged entries of all abilities in each of our categories and competitors who play more than one instrument to make multiple entries.

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.

From the winners of each category there will be an overall Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 winner, who will be presented with the winner’s cup.

School Year 6 and under
For each round, you will be required to play two contrasting pieces, or a single piece that demonstrates contrast within it, lasting no more than 7 minutes in total.

School Years 7 to 10
For each round, you will be required to play two contrasting pieces, or a single piece that demonstrates contrast within it, lasting no more than 10 minutes in total.

School Years 11 to 13
For each round, you will be required to play two contrasting pieces, or a single piece that demonstrates contrast within it, lasting no more than 12 minutes in total.


Qualifying Criteria

The full Terms and Conditions for Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 can be read here.

Best of luck!


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