Entries are invited for our 26th Young Musician of the Year competition to be held on Saturday 16th November 2019 at Queen Elizabeth College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AU (note change of venue).  The event is organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Darlington and Northallerton, and is open to young musicians in school years 4 to 13 living within approximately a 20 mile radius of either town.  It is also the local first round of the prestigious national Rotary Young Musician competition.

We are pleased to welcome as this year’s Adjudicator Anthea Shepherdson, a most experienced pianist, teacher and ABRSM examiner from Harrogate. She studied with Dame Fanny Waterman and then at the RNCM, and has since worked throughout the UK.  She has combined teaching with extensive freelance work as an accompanist, chamber musician, choral conductor and organist.  She was our Adjudicator once before, in 2014, when we enjoyed the high quality and constructive friendliness of her comments to our competitors.

The competition format is unchanged.  There are 3 Instrumental Sections – Pianoforte, Woodwind & Brass, and Strings (including harp and acoustic guitar).  During the day each Section competes in 3 Age Groups – A (School Years 4-7), B (School Years 8-10) and C (School Years 11-13). The winner in each of these 9 Classes will then be invited to play in the Grand Final at 7.00 pm on the same day.  Please ensure that you are available to take part in the evening’s Final if you win your Class during the day.  

The entry fee is £6. The prizes in each Class are £20 for the winner, £10 for second, and £5 for third, and the top 4 competitors each get a signed certificate.  The overall Competition winner receives a further prize of £100 and holds the Rotary Young Musician Trophy for a year.  The winner and the runner-up will then be invited to compete in the second round of the national Rotary Competition at York in February or March 2020.  All competitors will also get their own personal comments form back from the Adjudicator.

There are no set pieces;  your choice of music does not necessarily need to be classical, and anyone wishing to play jazz or blues pieces is welcome to do so.  There will be an Official Accompanist available on the day but prior notice will be required if you wish to use her. 

The grade standards and time limits for each class are:
Age Group A:  Minimum Grade 2, piece(s) to be no more than 4 minutes long
Age Group B:  Minimum Grade 4, piece(s) to be no more than 5 minutes long
Age Group C:  Minimum Grade 6, piece(s) to be no more than 7 minutes long

Please keep strictly to these time limits to be fair to all competitors.

To enter and pay online click here. If you have any difficulty, you can download and print this PDF paper form to post with your cheque to the address on the form.  We welcome entries from either Parents/Guardians or Teachers so long as both parties support the entry.  The closing date is Monday 4 Nov 2019, but it does assist in the organisation of the event if entries can be returned earlier. If you know any other young musicians or music teachers who might be interested in this event please direct them to this website.  

Data protection:  The Rotary Clubs will hold your data securely and will use it for Rotary Young Musician purposes only.  You may ask to be removed from our database at any time.

If you have any further queries or require a paper Entry Form by post please contact:

Fred Johnson:  Tel 01325-480500,   E-mail doreenfred@hotmail.com  or
Tom Banfield: Tel  01609-773666, E-mail tom.banfield1@tiscali.com