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Rotary Young Musician Competition

We are delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of York will be bringing the


Rotary Young Musician Competition


to York    


on 17th November 2018

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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 York ‘heat’ is being held on November 17th 2018 at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), Walmgate, York from 10am to 3pm.


We are 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 2018, 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, 2018.  The winning vocalist and winning musician from the York event will go forward to the District heat, which is on 24th February, 2019, 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 (left)


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 during the 45 minute mid-day break.  All you need bring, apart from your instrument, music and accompanist, is a packed lunch, or if you have a parent/guardian with you, then you can go to nearby shops – Morrison’s is only five minutes’ walk from NCEM.   (NB. In line with safeguarding policies, students will not be allowed to leave NCEM without a responsible adult).


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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Sorry - entries for the 2018 competition are now closed


Entries for 2018 are now closed