Dates for 2019: Dance 16/17 Nov; Music, Speech, Drama 21-23 Nov

Wiltshire Young Musician 2019


Outstanding young musicians under the age of 19 are invited to take part in the 2019 Wiltshire Young Musician Competition.

To qualify for entry competitors must have taken part in the 2019 Eisteddfod (21-23 November 2019).

Six performers will then be invited to compete in WYM dependent on their success in the Eisteddfod. Invitees will be notified no later than Tuesday, 26 November 2019.

The competition will take place on Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 7pm in the Assembly Room, Devizes Town Hall.

To be eligible for consideration 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 10 minutes, one or two pieces which may or may not have been performed in the 2019 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 three adjudicators are : Jacquelyn Bevan, Richard Hickman and Nicola Meecham.


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.
Runners-up:prizes of £50 each.

All invitees will receive a certificate of participation.

Wiltshire Young Musician 2018

Matthew Powell (trumpet, aged 17) won the Wiltshire Young Musician 2018 competition in Devizes on Saturday 1st December 2018, playing the 1st movement of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat.

In second place was Madeleine Longbotham (flute, aged 16) who played Chaminade’s Concertina in D major Op107 and in third place Eliza Munday (violin, aged 16) playing Fritz Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro.

Six competitors took part, all significant winners in this year’s Eisteddfod. Also performing were Gabriel Longbotham (piano), Anabella Fairgrieve (vocalist) and Isabella Lane (mezzo soprano). The competition was judged by Sharon Gould.

The winner’s trophy was kindly provided by The Rotary Club of Devizes. The six competitors shared bursaries of £550 generously donated by Wansbroughs Solicitors of Devizes.

The 4th Young Musician of Wiltshire competition will be held on Saturday, 30 November 2019. Again, those competing will be selected by the Eisteddfod Committee following success during the festival itself on 21-23 November. To be eligible for entry competitors must either reside in the county, go to school or college in Wiltshire or take music lessons within the county.

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.

2013 Winner