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Launch of Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 Strings Competition

19 October 2018

Berkshire Maestros has just launched its Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 competition in partnership with Windsor Festival. This year’s competition focuses on strings players.

The competition is open to young musicians from across Berkshire and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their talents alongside others in their age group.

The closing date for entries to the competition is Monday 5 November 2018. Entrants will compete across three rounds, the first of which will be a video entry round which will close on 30 November 2018. The further two rounds will involve live performances with the final taking place at The Old Court, Windsor on Sunday 17 March 2019 as part of the Windsor Festival 2019.

There are four age categories, each with their own winner. The overall winner will be presented with the winner’s cup along with their category prize at Windsor Castle on Friday 29 March 2019.

The categories are:

Junior:                                                                        Senior:
Up to 9 years                                                              13 - 15 years                                      
10 - 12 years                                                               16 - 18 years

Encouraging young people to enter the competition, Jonathan Burnett, Head of Strings at Berkshire Maestros explained;
We encourage entries in each of the age categories. Our judging criteria is designed to look much further than technical standards and level of playing. Many other aspects, such as musical awareness and performance flair, will be taken into consideration. These can be present in musically gifted children of any standard.
‘Our established professionals will give appropriate, constructive feedback at each stage of the competition to enable entrants to use the competition as a platform for further development. This is an excellent opportunity for young strings players to demonstrate their skills and gain confidence. I would encourage anyone interested to give it a go!’

Director of Windsor Festival, Martin Denny added;
‘Windsor Festival is delighted to be working with Berkshire Maestros again on the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year. The Young Musician of the Year was created to promote music-making amongst students from the local area in parallel with Windsor Festival International String Competition. Both competitions aim to encourage and inspire, and to build performing experience and to give the students an audience. We wish all those who apply this year all the best!’

Entry to the competition is open to musicians who will be 18 years old or under on 17 March 2019 – the date of the final – and who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • a permanent resident of Berkshire
  • attending a school within Berkshire
  • receiving instrumental tuition within the county of Berkshire
For more information and to enter online visit

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