Young Musician of Wiltshire

Outstanding young musicians under the age of 19 are invited to take part in this classical music event, open to both singers and instrumentalists.

The competition is usually held every two years.

To be eligible for entry competitors must either reside in the County, go to school or college within the County or take music lessons within the County.

Each competitor may perform for up to 12 minutes, either a single item or several pieces. Anticipated standard will be Grade 8+. Competitors must provide their own accompanist.

The date of a future competition is yet to be arranged.


First prize:
Young Musician of Wiltshire trophy
(sponsored by West Wiltshire Music Limited)
plus £100
plus possible future concert engagements
(to be confirmed)

2nd prize: A cheque for £50

3rd prize: A cheque for £25

Young Musician of Wiltshire 2015

16 year-old Katherine Stonham (violin) from Trowbridge won the Young Musician of Wiltshire 2015 Competition in Devizes on Saturday 16th May.

Promoted by the Devizes Eisteddfod and sponsored by Awdry, Bailey and Douglas Solicitors, seven outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 took part in front of a large, enthusiastic audience in the Town Hall Assembly Room.

YMW 2015 winners

In second place was Vincent Ling, a 14 year-old pianist from Warminster and third was Emma Williams, 13, from Chippenham, who played the bassoon.

The four other competitors were Anahita Falaki (17) a violinist from Swindon, Katey Rylands (15) a singer from Westbury, Hannah Munday (17), a pianist from Exeter and Rachel Stonham (14), a violinist from Trowbridge.

The evening included a guest appearance by Joel Munday (violin), winner of the first Young Musician of Wiltshire Competition held in May 2013.

The competition was judged by three distingushed adjudicators: Christopher Moore (Chairman), Sharon Gould and Richard Hickman.

The winner won a cash prize of £100 plus the Young Musician of Wiltshire Trophy, sponsored by West Wiltshire Music Limited.

YMW Sponsor


Previous Winners

Katherine Stonham (violin), aged 16, who played two movements of the Handel Violin Sonata in D major and the last movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto.

YMW 2015 winner

Joel Munday (violin), aged 13, who played the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.