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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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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.

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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 will again be able to enter in classes for classical song, musical theatre/pop song, and folk song; competitors are encouraged to enter all three classes.

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 will be 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 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.

The age categories are:

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

Qualifying Criteria

Entry to the competition is open to any student aged 19 or under on 31 August 2020 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 Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020 can be read here.


Ready to Apply?

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

Enter Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020

Entry fees are based upon the number of classes being entered thus:

  • Folk Song class only - £6
  • Classical Song class or Musical Theatre/Pop Song class only - £8
  • Classical Song or Musical Theatre/Pop Song AND Folk Song - £14
  • Classical Song AND Musical Theatre/Pop Song - £16
  • All three classes - special reduced offer of ONLY £20

The closing date for submitting entry forms is 11:00pm on Sunday 3 November 2019.

Best of luck!


 

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Singer winner 2015winner of the 2015 Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition

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

The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition in 2020 will be 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 are encouraged to enter the competition multiple times on each instrument (N.B. multiples entries will incur multiple entry fees). 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 will be multiple categories, each with their own winner. The category for the applicant is based upon the school year that they are in. (If the competitor is in a different school year to the one expected for their age, please enter the school year that most people of the competitor's age will be in.) The overall winner will be presented with the winner’s cup. We encourage entries of all abilities in each of our 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. We encourage competitors who play more than one instrument to make multiple entries.

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.
Entry for this category will cost £10.

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.
Entry for this category will cost £15.

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.
Entry for this category will cost £15


Qualifying Criteria

Entry to the competition is open to any student aged 18 or under on 31 August 2020 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 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 can be read here.


Ready to Apply?

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

Enter Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020

Entry fees are based upon which category is being entered:

  • School Year 6 and under - £10
  • School Years 7 to 10 - £15
  • School Years 11 to 13  - £15

The closing date for submitting entries is 11:00pm on Saturday 30 November 2019. To complete an entry, the entry form must be submitted, the payment must be made, the video must be uploaded (see the video guidelines below) and an e-mail containing the link to the video must be sent to bymadmin@berkshiremaestros.org.uk

Best of luck!


Video 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 Saturday 30 November 2019. 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 bymadmin@berkshiremaestros.org.ukwith the subject title "Video Entry" - you should get a confirmation email from us once we have received it.

Videos must be submitted by Saturday 30 November.

Uploading from phone or tablet

Uploading from a computer


 

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Brass

 

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Winners CupThe winner's cup.
Could this be yours?

 

FionaMartinFiona Martin (flute) - overall winner of the 2016 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year Woodwind and Brass competition

 

MayaFearMaya Fear (violin) - overall winner of the 2019 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year Strings competition (Photo - Gill Heppell)

 

MayaFearwinner of the 2013 Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition

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