Y o u n g   M u s i c i a n s '   C o m p e t i t i o n

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 2020

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2020 is generously supported by Nirvana Spa and Hickies. It will take place in early March at Queen Anne's School, Reading.

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 2020-21 season.

2019 Winners
  • Overall Winner - Oliver Simpson on cello, a student at Abingdon School.

  • The winner of the Joy Day Cup was trombonist George Skeil, of the Reading School.


Oliver will be the soloist in a performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto as part of our June 2020 concert.

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