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Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 – Strings

Due to popular demand, the closing date for entering the String Competition has been extended to Friday 16 November.

The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition is back for 2019. The Strings competition will be open to any student aged 18 or under (on 17 March 2019) 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 Strings professionals at each stage of the competition.

Students will compete across three rounds with the first round being a Video Entry and the second and third rounds being live performances taking place at locations around Berkshire. The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 16 November.

For the Video Entry Round you will need to submit your video by Friday 30 November 2018. For information on how to do this please see below.

The live Semi-Final will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019 and the live Final will take place on Sunday 17 March 2019, held at The Old Court in Windsor as part of Windsor Festival.

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Last Year's Winners

The 2018 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition, again run in partnership with Windsor Festival, focused on singers and, for the first time, pianists.

The overall winner of the Singing competition was Thomas Law, who also won the Classical song class. The other class winners were Folk song - Evie Prosser and Musical theatre/popular song - Lucy Pither.

The overall winner of the Piano competition was Henry Bishop, who also won the 15-18 year olds category. The other category winners were Under 10s - Jacob Clayton and 11-14s - Olivia McClintock.


Categories

There will be multiple categories, each with their own winner. The category for the applicant is based upon the age they will be on 17 March 2019 and competitors will be 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. 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.

9 and under
You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 7 minutes in total.
Entry for this category will cost £15.
The final will be held in Windsor on Sunday 17 March 2019. Those aged over 9 on the day of the final will not be eligible for this category.

Ages 10 to 12
You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 10 minutes in total.
Entry for this category will cost £15.
The final will be held in Windsor on Sunday 17 March 2019. Those aged under 10 or over 12 on the day of the final will not be eligible for this category.

Ages 13 to 15
You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 12 minutes in total.
Entry for this category will cost £20.
The final will be held in Windsor on Sunday 17 March 2019. Those aged under 13 or over 15 on the day of the final will not be eligible for this category.

Ages 16 to 18
You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 15 minutes in total.
Entry for this category will cost £20.
The final will be held in Windsor on Sunday 17 March 2019. Those aged under 16 or over 18 on the day of the final will not be eligible for this category.

Please see our terms and conditions for full details of entry requirements.


Qualifying Criteria

Entry to the competition is open to any student aged 18 or under on 17 March 2019 who can tick at least one of the following criteria:

  • A permanent resident of Berkshire
  • Attending a school within Berkshire
  • Currently receiving instrumental tuition within the county of Berkshire

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

Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 - Terms and Conditions


Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to apply for the competition, please complete our entry form by clicking on the link below:

Enter Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 – Strings

Entry fee is £15 for junior categories (Up to 9 and 10-12) and £20 for senior categories (13-15 and 16-18).

The closing date for submitting entry forms is Monday 5 November 2018.


Video Entry Guidelines

We have made the first round of entry as easy as possible through a video entry system so please see our advice below on how to record and upload your video. Please read the information carefully before submitting your video to us, should you have any further questions, please contact us via email on BYMAdmin@berkshiremaestros.org.uk.

When do I submit my entry?
Links to video entries must be submitted via email by 11pm on Friday 30 November 2018. You must submit two contrasting pieces and should not exceed the time limits specified for your entered age category.

What if I don't have access to a video camera?
Most smart phones and tablets now have good video recording capabilities should you not have access to a video camera. However, should you have any particular difficulties and neither yourself nor your instrumental teacher can record your entry via video then do contact us and we can assist by recording your entry with our own equipment at one of Berkshire Maestros music centres.

Does my video entry need to be performed with an accompanist?
No it doesn’t! We would always encourage entries with piano or backing track where appropriate, however the judging panel will not penalise video entries without accompaniment. Do see our terms and conditions for guidelines on accompaniment in the later rounds.

How do I upload my entry?
Depending on how you recorded your video the upload process will be different. Please see the videos at the bottom of this page for guidance on uploading from a smart phone/tablet or a computer.

Do I have to use YouTube?
There are various other websites now available to upload and view videos such as YouTube and Vimeo. However, if it is your first time using one of these services then we would suggest YouTube as most of our upload tutorials are based around that. You will need an account with whichever service you choose to upload your video entry with.

I don't want my entry viewable to the public - how do I prevent this?
YouTube has multiple privacy options available. For us to be able to view your video you will need to set your recording to either 'Public' or 'Unlisted'. 'Public' means the video will be able to be found and viewed by anyone online via a YouTube or internet search. 'Unlisted' however will not be able to be found via search options but can be viewed by those you have shared the video with via the link provided to you by YouTube, meaning you can share your entry with us without anyone else being able to search for it.

I've uploaded my video, now what?
We need the link to the video so that we can view it. Once you have the link please send it to us along with the entrants name and age to BYMVideo@berkshiremaestros.org.uk with the subject title "Video Entry" - you should get a confirmation email from us once we have received it.

Videos must be submitted by11pm on Friday 30 November.

Uploading from phone or tablet

Uploading from a computer

Berkshire Young Musician

 

 

BYMY winners 2017
The overall winner’s cup

 

 

BYMY Cup
2017 Category winners and judges

 

 

BYMY winner 2016
2016 Winner Fiona Martin

 

 

BYMY winner 2015
2015 Winner Alex Dawkins

 


 

About our Partners

 

Windsor Festival

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.

 

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