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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.

The competition winner receives cash vouchers for Hickies Music Shop and a trophy. Also, if a suitable standard has been reached, the winner is offered the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra in one of our public concerts.

From 2008 an additional award, the Joy Day Cup, has been made to the young musician whose performance shows the most promise. This is to commemorate Joy Day, a member of RSO for many decades who passed away in 2007.

YMC 2017

The Young Musicians’ Competition 2017, generously supported by Nirvana Spa and Hickies, took place on Sunday 12 March at Bradfield College.

YMC 2016 winners with
members of the judging panel

2017 Winners

  • Overall Winner - Rhys Concessao, aged 13, on piano, a student at the Purcell School.
  • The winner of the Joy Day Cup was pianist Roy Bo Wang, aged 17.

Rhys will be performing alongside the RSO as soloist in a piano concerto as part of our November 2017 concert.


YMC 2015 winner
Harvey Lin


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Young Musicians' Competition