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The orchestra is keen to encourage young performers, and holds an annual Young Musicians’ Competition. This is open to instrumentalists and singers of school age who live or study within a 30-mile radius of Reading and who have reached a standard at least equivalent to Grade 7 of the Associated Board.

YMC 2018

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2018 is generously supported by Nirvana Spa and Hickies. It will take place on Sunday 29 April at Wellington College, Crowthorne.

The competition winner will receive cash vouchers for Hickies Music Shop and a trophy. Also, if a suitable standard has been reached, the winner will be offered the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra in its 2018-19 season.

The closing date for entries is Monday 23 April 2018.

YMC 2016 winners with
members of the judging panel

2017 Winners

  • Overall Winner - Rhys Concessao, aged 13, on piano, a student at the Purcell School.
  • The winner of the Joy Day Cup was pianist Roy Bo Wang, aged 17.

Rhys was the soloist in a performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 as part of our November 2017 concert.


YMC 2015 winner
Harvey Lin


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Young Musicians' Competition