Young Musician Competition 2018-19

Young Musician Competition 2018-19

The National Young Musician Competition is a well-organised, established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  Progress is under way to find the National winner for the 2018-19 Competition and Crickhowell High School will be holding their local heat on Tuesday 16th October 2018 in the MPS at 9.00 am—1.30 pm.

All the information that follows can be found in the Young Musician Info Pack 2018-19.  This document, along with the Guidance Notes and Competition Entry Form, can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link below or by visiting the Rotary website at

Young Musician Entry Form 2018-19
Young Musician Info Pack 2018-19
Young Musician Guidance Notes 2018-19
Young Musician Competition Ltr 04102018

The competition is open to all levels, grades and styles of young instrumentalists and vocalists and aims to offer young people:

♬ the experience of performing on a public stage

♬ an opportunity to showcase their musical talent

♬ impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by experienced adjudicators

Who Can Take Part?

The competition is open all schools and college communities, including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organizations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

All students (amateur) should be in full time education up to the age of 17 on 31st August 2018.  It should be noted that competitors may be 18 at the time of some or all stages of the competition e.g. a competitor who is 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September may enter.

Students should enter the competition organized by the local Rotary Club through their respective group as detailed above.  Individual requests by teachers or other individuals should not be accepted.

Competitors, schools, colleges, and organizations may participate in a District competition that is outside their geographical boundary but may compete in only one club or District competition.

This competition is intended for amateurs; for the purpose of the competition, an amateur is considered to be a person whose main source of income is not made from musical performances, although there may be occasions when the receipt of occasional out of pocket expenses or prizes may be received.  The competition is not open to full time students of music or performing arts, studying for a qualification above A Level or equivalent.

The Competition Stages

There are two categories in the competition:

♬    solo instrumental

♬    solo vocal

A winner is selected through the four stages of the competition, which are as follows:

Local Heats are organized by local Rotary clubs and hosted by schools or colleges between September and December 2018.  The winners of each category are entered into the district finals.  Local Rotary clubs may be found by visiting the website at

District Finals are orrganized by Rotary Districts between January and mid-February 2019.  In the case of high numbers of entrants, it may be necessary to hold preliminary rounds prior to a district final.  The winners of each category (and, at the discretion of the organizers, the runners-up) are entered into a regional final.

Regional Finals are organised by Rotary between mid-February and March 2019.  The winners only of each category are entered into the National final.

National Final will be held on Saturday 4th May 2019, at anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus, Edinburgh, Michael Salmon Building, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1SQ.  Please note that RIBI does not fund any expenses for regional winners to attend the National Final.

Competition Guidelines

This is a competition at which competitors are judged within the context of a live performance.  No recorded medium in any format will be considered or accepted at any stage.  Competitors perform a selection of works of their own choice and may perform the same pieces/songs in each and / or subsequent stages.        

Competitors may perform from memory or from music at any stage.  In the case of vocal candidates, it should be remembered that part of the assessment of the performance concerns communication with the audience and performing from a copy of music may prevent candidates from achieving this criterion to the fullest extent.

Competitors should be accompanied by a single instrument in sympathy with the performance; vocalists may accompany themselves.  In the case of vocal, guitar and percussion candidates only, CD backing tracks are permissible.  However, the backing track must not contain the part being performed by the competitor.  To do so  will disqualify the candidates from the competition.  Backing tracks are solely the responsibility of the competitor, who must provide the performing medium (audio player, amplifier etc) and who will be permitted to have someone to operate the equipment.  This will not be the responsibility of the organizer.

There may be occasions when the context of a performance does not require an accompaniment e.g. in the context of traditional folk songs or music written expressly for solo instrumental performance. In such cases, candidates would not be expected to ‘manufacture’ an accompaniment never intended by the composer.

An acoustic piano, either a grand or upright (the organizers having established which is the most suitable and appropriate) will be provided for competitors or accompanists at all stages of the competition.  No other instrument will be provided.  Competitors must provide their own accompanists; no ‘official accompanist’ will be provided.

It should be noted that competitors offering solo piano do not require an accompaniment and should not have any other instrument playing.  This would make the performing ensemble a duo, trio, quartet etc. and would not satisfy the competition criteria of ‘solo instrumental performance’.

If a competitor provides an electrical instrument the competitor must present an up-to-date PAT certificate to the organiser on the day of the competition.  Failure to do so will disqualify the competitor from the competition.

Adjudication & Prizes

Persons with appropriate skills will be appointed by Rotary.  For Regional or National Finals, a Rotarian will not be appointed as an adjudicator.  The adjudicators will judge each performance according to:

♬    melodic and rhythmic accuracy

♬    intonation

♬    tempo and flow

♬    tone

♬    mood and character,

♬    the appropriateness of the programme

♬    the holistic view of the performance on the day

The adjudicators will not enter into any discussion or correspondence regarding their decision.  Their decision is final and not subject to any appeal.

At all stages of the competition, competitors will receive a certificate of participation.

After the judges have determined the result of the competition, one or more judges will comment on their observations before announcing the results.

At the National final, a trophy will be presented to the winner in each category.

How To Enter & Competition Procedure

To enter a local heat, contact your local Rotary club or the national organiser at quoting the home address and the address of the school/organisation.

Entrants need to complete an entry form and submit it, together with the other information required, to the stage organiser by the time specified.

Before each competition, the competition organiser will conduct a draw to determine the order in which each competitor performs.  The order of performance will be notified to competitors either before or at the competition.  In unforeseen circumstances, the organisers reserve the right to make adjustment on the day if the need arises.

Competitors must provide three copies of their selected works for the adjudicators.  Competitors failing to do so will be adjudicated, but the assessment may be adjusted accordingly.  It should be noted that competitors playing guitar must submit copies in staff notation: tablature is not an acceptable alternative, although competitors may play from tablature.  Photocopying facilities will not be available at the competition venue.  Copies will be required at least two weeks prior to the National final.

Photocopies of music published as individual pieces will not be permitted unless competitors can provide written permission from the publishers.  Photocopies of music not published as individual pieces but in an anthology, will be accepted provided the competitor has a copy of the original publication.  All photocopies will be retained and destroyed by the organiser immediately after the event.

Cuts to competitors’ parts are not permitted.  If there are any variations to or extemporisation in the competitors’ parts, they must be clearly marked in the copies for the adjudicators.  Any extemporisation of 20% or more is likely to affect the adjudicators’ assessment.

Cuts to the accompaniment should be avoided.  However, cuts are permissible to edit long introductions or long passages in the accompaniment where the competitor is not involved.  Any cuts to the music must be clearly marked in the copies for the adjudicators.

A master of ceremonies will invite each competitor in order of the ballot, to come to the front or stage to perform.  Competitors may introduce their selection of works.

The selection of music should consist of a minimum of two pieces in contrasting styles which may be differing movements of the same composition.

It is recommended that performers include some variety of style and musical period in their choice of music. The balance of the programme will be taken into consideration by the adjudicators in the event of a tie.

In the instrumental category, except for percussion, competitors should play only one type of instrument. Percussionists may combine tuned and untuned percussion in their performance but this is not compulsory.

Vocal competitors should select songs suitable for a family audience, giving due consideration to the appropriateness of the lyrics.

The time for competitors’ performance should not exceed 10 minutes. The timing should begin when the competitor first begins to play. The adjudicators will not judge that part of the performance after ten minutes’ duration.

The performance time for Local Heats and District Finals may have local variations. Interested parties should check performance times with their local Rotary Club.

Amplification, although permitted, may not be provided by the organisers. Where the organisers do not provide amplification, performers must provide their own. In this case, an up to date PAT certificate must be presented to the organisers. This must be indicated clearly to competitors.

Photographs must not be taken, and audio and video recordings must not be made by anyone other than those nominated by the organiser.

After the adjudicators have determined the result of the competitions, one or more judges will comment on their observations before announcing the results.

*  The information relating to the Young Musician Competition is provided courtesy of the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland.

The Crickhowell High School Competition – 25th October 2017

Many congratulations to all who took part and our winners – Gabriel Kennedy for instrumental and Kirsty Thomas for vocal.  Some excellent performances were enjoyed and, as always, the standard was very high.  Enjoy our gallery of pictures.