The search begins for 2022 Sussex Young Musician

Catherine Kent

Spokesperson Kate Kent said: “For the past two years we have had to hold the competition online, but now we are delighted to be able to hold the final live.

“Applications are now open and close at the end of April 2022.

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“If you are between the ages of 18 and 26 studying music at school, college or conservatory and intend to pursue a career in music but also have a connection to Sussex you should to apply.”

The Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician of the Year competition aims to support young musicians aged 18-26 as they embark on a professional career in music.

The competition winner will receive £1,000, the runner-up £500 and the remaining runners-up £250 each.

“The date for the final will be July 16 and it will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill.”

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“Last year it was all online and it was an incredible success at such a difficult time for everyone when these young musicians couldn’t perform in public. I think that made it more meaningful that we were able to make it work.

And by the way, last year’s success influenced this year’s format: “We’re doing a hybrid version. We have found that applicants prefer to apply online rather than having to trawl for auditions. They are used to auditioning online now. It’s the way the world is and it makes sense, so we’ve kept the auditions online, but the final will be live.

And I think when you do it that way, you get more applications. And I think you get better standards.

Another advantage is that it saves costs for the competition which would normally contribute to travel costs: “Now it makes sense for us to do it this way and it will be a fantastic final. Over the past two years, we have met approximately 40 candidates. Before that we were probably getting around 20 so we doubled it and hopefully it will be the same this year. And that also means that we have good referees. They can watch the performances online on their own terms.

Of the contestants, four will qualify for the live final.

It is a question of re-emerging: “I think that the public is perhaps still a little uncertain about the idea of ​​going out. That’s the big hurdle and we have to be careful what we spend because you just can’t guarantee an audience. That means we obviously have to be careful and that seems like the right way to go.

As for the musicians: “Everyone increases the production if you want! Coro Nuovo has around 15 semi-professional performers in our ranks and they started a branch of the Coro Nuovo choir called Coro Voices.

“They go to churches and give midday/evening recitals singing a varied repertoire – musical theatre, jazz, opera, etc. and the audience was amazing! It does a lot to bring music to others locally and with the added bonus that they will hopefully come and hear the bigger choir at their gigs.

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