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Rotary Young Musician Competition

The Rotary Club of York are proud to bring the


Rotary Young Musician Competition


to York    


on 17th November 2019

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Rotary Young Musician (YM) Competition.


Some background notes and information


Rotary Clubs around the UK organise an annual Young Musicians competition.  Winners from each local competition go forward to District and then National events, with an eventual National Rotary Young Musician award.


The 2019 York ‘heat’ will be being held on

Sunday 17th November  2019 

at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), Walmgate, York between 1pm and 6pm approx.


We will be contacting all York secondary schools and peripatetic music teachers in the York area who would like to enter their students.  The event gives students the opportunity to perform publicly and professionally without any concern about being graded. The adjudicators assess on this basis only.


The event is open to vocalists and those playing any instrument.  They must be aged 11 to 17 years  on 31st August 2019, even though they may be 18 by the date of the event (November 17th).


Students perform a piece of their choice for between four and six minutes.  They must bring their own accompanist and the NCEM has a very good piano.  They should also provide a full copy – original or photocopy – of the music to the two adjudicators before they perform.  Students should wear smart, casual attire.


We can accommodate up to twenty students during the day, and entries received after the first twenty will be held on a reserve list.  Entries should be submitted by 20th October, 2019.  


The winners from the York event will go forward to the District heat, in February, 2020, also at NCEM.  


All students will receive a certificate, and there are cash prizes for the two winners who go forward to the District event.


Entries can be made using the Entry Form (will be available later)


If you need any further information please email


There is no cost to enter; all costs are borne by the Rotary Club.  


Free hot and cold drinks will be available and there will be a 20 minute mid-afternoon break.  


Data Protection / GDPR Compliance



The personal information you supply to the Rotary Club of York on your entry form will be held securely. The information will be used solely for the administration of the Young Musician competition. Your information may be shared with Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland if (but only if) you progress to the District and/or National stages of the competition.  


Your personal data will not be shared with any third parties.


By entering this competition, you agree to take part in any publicity arranged by Rotary to promote this event or Young Musician events in future years.  This includes the use of any photographs that may include you, unless you have chosen the option "do not photograph me" on the entry form.




Note: All confirmed entrants (and a parent or guardian) will be required to sign the conditions of entry which include consent to our using your data as described here.

How to Enter


To enter the York Rotary Young Musician Competition, simply complete the form shown to the left.   Please note you must ensure your Music Teacher and/or school are informed of your wish to enter the competition.


You will be contacted by the organiser of the York competition (a member of the Rotary Club of York) to confirm your place, or notify if you are on a reserve list;  and with further details.


You (and a parent/guardian) will be asked to sign a consent form to agree the conditions of entry for Rotary Young  Musician.


Meanwhile, If you need any further information please email

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The 2018 Competition


Entry forms for 2019 will be available here

at the end of April

The first Rotary Young Musician Competition in York for 3 years was held at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) on17th November 2018 .

Performers came from Bootham, Fulford, York College, All Saints RC, The Mount School, Huntington, Ampleforth College, Manor School, St.Peter’s and Hallgate Primary School out at Cottingley near Hull.



In all 13 students performing 16 pieces of music, a very difficult contest to judge for our adjudicators Josephine Peach and Heather Hammond.

The contest was so close the adjudicators also awarded highly commended to three other performers, Abigail Moult from Hallgate Primary & Rosanna Wong & Charlotte Liu both from Ampleforth College.


All contestants were handed a certificate & congratulated by Rotary Club President Ian Helby.


Our two winners won £50 each and they went forward to the Rotary District (Yorkshire/Linconshire) Competition on the 3rd March 2019, again at the NCEM, where William Clark was one of the winners, progressing to the Regional Final.


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Winners Emily and William

Many thanks to our two adjudicators...

Adjudicators Josephine and Heather

....and the team of Rotarians, and "Friends of York Rotary", who organised the day and helped make it such a success!

The performances were so good they decided to have joint winners, Emily Watson playing the flute and William Clark playing the violin.



Emily played a piece by Ian Clarke called “Hypnosis” and William played “Chant de Roxanne” by Karol Szymanowski, both pieces were wonderful and the audience were so impressed with their skills you could hear “a pin drop”.


above and below...

Photos of the 13

brilliant performers

Russ, Craig (York Music Hub), Christine and Gillian

Alexander Nguyen

Emily Kaye