Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford Young Musician Competition 2022: organizers call for entrants

Young instrumentalists and singers have until Saturday March 12 to enter the Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford Young Musician Competition, the annual competition being held this year for the first time since 2019.

The competition will take place at Bishop’s Stortford College on Saturday April 23 – St George’s Day – and is open to all young musicians living or training full-time in the CM21, CM22, CM23 and CM24 post areas.

There are three age groups: junior – up to 12 years old; intermediate – 12 to 15; and senior – 15 to 18 years old.

Winners, left to right, pianist Justin Man (intermediate and general), saxophonist Harry Collier-Smith (senior), singer Olivia Rnjak and pianist Henry YR Li (junior) at the 2019 competition

By day, there are lessons in five categories – voice, strings, woodwinds, piano and brass – in all three age groups. The 15 winners then perform at an evening concert at Memorial Hall at the College of Maze Green Road to become the overall winner in one of three age groups and for the top prizes for Young Instrumentalist of the Year and of the young singer of the year.

The latter two are eligible to qualify for the Rotary District 1240 Young Musicians Finals in February 2023 and, if successful, for the Regional and National Finals.

The Stortford contest has had representatives in the national final on three occasions since 2015, demonstrating the norm locally.

The winners of the 2018 Rotary Club Young Musicians Competition, including singer Madelaine McCarthy, left, who reached the national final
The winners of the 2018 Rotary Club Young Musicians Competition, including singer Madelaine McCarthy, left, who reached the national final

Due to Covid-19, the Rotary club was unable to hold competitions in 2020 and 2021. Many of the 2019 entrants are now too old to compete, but organizers hope to attract many talented young people from the local community .

The deadline for entries is the close of play on March 12. The club welcomes more registrations in the three age groups, but especially in the upper two. In 2019, there were 120 entries.

A spokesperson said: “While there are likely to be very high standards of performance among entrants, we would also like to encourage applications from young instrumentalists and singers at the start of their musical journey who will benefit from the experience of perform on a stage audience and with benevolent and positive judgement.”

For more information, email Rotarian Margaret Webb at [email protected] An online registration form is available at www.bsrotary.org.



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