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The orchestra is keen to encourage young performers, and holds an annual Young Musicians’ Competition. This is open to instrumentalists and singers of school age who live or study within a 30-mile radius of Reading and who have reached a standard at least equivalent to Grade 7 of the Associated Board.

YMC 2019

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2019 is generously supported by Nirvana Spa and Hickies. It will take place on Sunday 31 March at Bradfield College, near Reading.

The competition winner will receive cash vouchers for Hickies Music Shop and a trophy. Also, if a suitable standard has been reached, the winner will be offered the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra in its 2019-20 season.

The closing date for entries is Monday 25 March 2019.

YMC 2016 winners with
members of the judging panel

2018 Winners

  • Overall Winner - Ewan Millar on oboe, a student at Reading School.
  • The winner of the Joy Day Cup was harpist Helena Pizura, of the Abbey School, Reading.

Ewan will be the soloist in a performance of Legacy by Oscar Navarro as part of our June 2019 concert.


YMC 2015 winner
Harvey Lin


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