Banbury’s Young Musician of the Year competition returns after a two-year hiatus

Banbury’s popular Young Musician of the Year competition returns after an enforced two-year hiatus due to Covid.

Organized by the Rotary Club of Banbury, the competition has been running for 30 years, giving many young people valuable stage experience and, for some, it has been a launchpad to a career in music.

Over the many years of the competition, eight winners have gone on to become professional musicians.

This year’s preliminary rounds will take place at Tudor Hall School on January 20 and 21, 2023, with the final taking place on Saturday February 4.

As well as competing for one of several trophies, this year there will be a prize of £100 for Young Musician of the Year and £25 for Young Junior Musician of the Year.

Trophies will be awarded to all winners of each class throughout the competition.

There are solo, duo and ensemble categories and the solo section includes piano, vocal, guitar, woodwind, string and brass lessons.

The competition is aimed at musicians between the ages of 8 and 19 with three age ranges for soloists and age rules for duets and ensembles.

Entrants will be given a maximum of four, six or eight minutes to impress the judges and must pay an entry fee of five pounds for a solo performance or eight for a duo and £10 for an ensemble performance.

Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Banbury Rotary Club website and the registration deadline is Saturday, December 3, 2023.