Young Musician of Wiltshire 2018

Outstanding young musicians under the age of 19 are invited to take part in the 2018 Wiltshire Young Musician Competition.

To qualify for entry competitors must have taken part in the 2018 Eisteddfod (15-17 November) and performed in one of the following six classes:
Piano Solo (Open) Class P11
String Concerto (Open) Class S6
Woodwind Concerto (Open) Class W6
Brass Concerto (Open) Class B5
Vocal Solo (Advanced) Class V5
Musical Theatre or Film Solo (18 & under) Class M9

One performer from each of the above classes will be invited.

The competition will take place on Saturday, 1 December at 6pm in the Assembly Room, Devizes Town Hall.

Access to the competition is by invitation only: competitors will be notified no later than Tuesday, 20 November if they have been selected to take part.

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

Each competitor may perform for up to 8 minutes, one or two pieces which may or may not have been performed in the 2018 Eisteddfod.

The anticipated standard will be Grade 8+

Competitors may provide their own accompanist or make use of one of the official Eisteddfod Accompanists.

The adjudicator for 2018 will be Sharon Williams.


The following prizes will be awarded:

The winner will receive the Wiltshire Young Musician Trophy and a bursary of £250 towards the costs of lessons.
Second place: a bursary of £125
Third Place: a bursary of £75
Fourth Place: a bursary of £50.

All invitees will receive a certificate of participation.

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.

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.