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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 VII of the Associated Board.

YMC 2024

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2024 is generously sponsored by Hickies of Reading. It will take place on Sunday 10th March 2024 at Queen Anne's School, Caversham. This year the adjudicators will be Cathal Garvey, Dominic Grier and Julia Klimek.

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. There is a £20 entry fee.


Our prize-winner receives a trophy and £200 of 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. The YMC Secretary must receive completed entry forms by 29th February 2024.

2023 Winners

  • Overall Winner - Tara Spencer on violin.

  • The winner of the Joy Day Cup was singer Harry Luff, with pianist Shayna D'Silva runner-up.

Tara was the soloist in a performance of Dvorak's Violin Concerto as part of our November 2023 concert at Reading University's Great Hall.

Many thanks to our judges Angela Good and David Lewis, and our 2023 sponsors Hickies of Reading.

L-R:  Angela Good, Tara Spencer, David Lewis, Stefan Hofkes

L-R:  Harry Luff, Tara Spencer

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