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.

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.

Many thanks to our judges Angela Good and David Lewis, and our sponsors Hickies and Nirvana Spa.

YMC 2020

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2020 is generously supported by Nirvana Spa and Hickies. It will take place on Sunday 1st March at Queen Anne's School, Caversham.

Entry is open to singers and instrumentalists of school age who live or study in the Reading area and have reached a standard equivalent to at least Grade VII of the Associated Board. An entry fee of £15 will be charged.


Our prize-winner receives a trophy and cash vouchers for Hickies of Reading; and if a suitable standard is reached, will have the opportunity to perform a concerto with the orchestra.

Click on the Entry Form and Rules documents below to open and download them.


L-R:  Angela Good, Oliver Simpson, George Skeil, David Lewis