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Bewdley Youth Festival: Supporting and Encouraging Participation in the Arts

Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year 2018: Saturday 10th February - 7:00 pm


Bewdley Youth Festival is holding the fourth annual music Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition for young musicians who are in education and either live in the Wyre Forest district or attend a school or college within the district.


The competition is open to young people aged 12 to 18 as at 31 December 2017, and will take place during the afternoon of Saturday 10th February 2018, with the category winners invited to perform at a gala concert in the evening at which the Young Musician of the Year will be chosen and the winner of the prize for Best Original Composition will be announced.

The categories for the competition are:

  • Classical Music Section (Instrumentalists and Singers)

  • Solo Instrumentalist

  • Solo Singer (accompanied or unaccompanied)

  • Group (two or more members, acoustic or amplified)

In addition there will be prizes for:

  • The Wyre Forest Young Musician Of The Year

  • The Bewdley Youth Festival prize for best original composition

  • Best Young Musician Aged 14 or Under (as at 31st December 2017)

Competition Rules:

Competitors will perform either one piece of their own choice with a total performance time of 4 minutes.

Competitors may perform from memory or from sheet music.

Where possible, solo competitors should be accompanied by a single instrument in sympathy with the performance; vocalists may accompany themselves. CD backing tracks may be used if no accompanist is available.

Competitors can enter more than one category.

Competitors aged 14 or under as at 31st December will automatically be entered for the Best Young Musician Aged 14 or Under prize.

Competitors performing their own composition will automatically be entered for the Best Original Composition prize.

Good quality acoustic electronic pianos will be provided for competitors or their accompanists. A drum kit and amplifiers will be provided for competitors using electric guitars and bass guitars.

Competitors shall provide their own accompanists. (Should this prove difficult please contact the organisers in good time to make other arrangements).

The competition will be open to the public to view and all competitors are encouraged to bring supporters and also to stay and support their fellow competitors.

Entry to the Evening gala event will be £5 for adults and £3 for those who are 18 or under or currently in education (competitors will be admitted for free)

You can buy tickets online by clicking here (no booking fees)

Entries not sent through the school or college attended by the entrant will be verified with the educational establishment.

You can complete an online entry form by click here: ONLINE ENTRY FORM

Or please send entry forms by Monday 5th February 2018 to:

Youth Music Competition
Bewdley Youth Festival
St George’s Hall
Load Street
DY12 2EQ

By email to

The competition will be held in St George's Hall, Bewdley and starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday 11 February 2017.
Category winners and other competitors may be requested to perform in the Grand Finale gala from 7:00 pm in St George’s Hall

These timings are subject to change depending on the level of entries and full details of the running order will be sent to the email address provided by the entrant and also to their school/college during the week prior to the competition.

All enquiries by email please to Peter Barnett, Director of Bewdley Youth Festival: