Young Musician

Share your gift of song or mastery of a musical instrument in Rotary’s Young Musician competition.

Participants will get the chance to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians.

Entrants can be either a vocalist or instrumentalist.

The Young Musician competition is very popular and we take great pleasure in providing a local stage on which our future musicians can perform and enrich their talent. Our young people produce a high standard in the District making our competitions into inspiring and engaging concerts. Instruments played included the usual Piano, Strings, Vibraphone, Euphonium, Tenor Horn, Trumpet, Glockenspiel, Harp, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone and many more. The District 1070 Young Musician competition takes place annually and individuals and groups are invited to submit entries through their local Rotary Club  following local heats.

Entrants must be located within the Rotary District 1070 area

How are local heats organised ?

Local competitions or events  will be arranged by Rotary Clubs in District 1070, but alternatively a Rotary Club may sponsor entries which they consider to be good enough, without having a competition, if numbers are very small.

An adjudicator for a competition will be arranged by the organising Rotary club for example  a local music teacher or the head of music in a local secondary school/college/academy. (If they don’t feel competent to do it, they may know someone who is).

Some Rotary Clubs may advertise in the local schools and a charge for admission to a local event may be made.

Sofia Demetriades who went on to win the Regional Final for District 1070 and performed extremely well in the 2018 National Final

The District Competition is open to young people who permanently reside within the Rotary District 1070 or who attend a school within District 1070.

Where a local Rotary Club does not wish to sponsor an entry, then please make contact with the District Organiser, Moira Bartlett  who will endeavour to find an alternative Club.

The rules for the Young Musician Competition in Rotary District 1070 describe the categories, age groups and other restrictions. The role of the adjudicator at the Club level (first round) of the competition is to make sure the young people who are  entered to the District round of the competition are of a suitable standard and will be competent to perform in public.

One entry for each category from the local , club round of the competition will be eligible to go forward to the Rotary District 1070 semi-finals.

Entrants will be given feedback from the competition adjudicator, written or verbal.

Entrants and competition organisers are asked to look carefully at the rules about accompanists.  Please see the rules for categories allowed recorded backing tapes in the District rounds of the competition, but any category may use them in a local round; it would then be necessary to find a suitable accompanist for subsequent events.

• Solo Instrumental
• Solo Vocal
• Instrumental or Vocal Ensembles (An ensemble is 2 – 5 players)
• Musical Groups, Choirs. (Groups and Choirs are 6 or more)


  • Junior:            Age up to 10 years
  •  Intermediate: Age 11 – 13 years
  •  Senior:         Age  14 – 17 years

Age is at 31st August 2020

More details of the competition are available in the information pack downloadable here

Download the District 1070 Young Musician competition rules here

and the

Young Musician Competition entry form 2020-21 here

District 1070 winners 2018-2019

JUNIOR AGE GROUP                                                                                                       

Solo Instrumental : Edie Bott             RC Leicester

Solo Vocal : Adam Cobey                  RC St. Neots St. Mary’s

Instrumental Ensemble :  Nicholas Hawksmoor Brass Quartet  RC Towcester

Vocal Ensemble : Josie Mansell, Josie Myhill, Chloe King             RC Towcester

Group : Towcester Rock School Junior Band  ( Group Trophy)   RC Brackley

Choir : Crosshall Junior School Choir    (Trophy       RC  St. Neots St. Mary’s

Best Junior Performance Trophy – Towcester Rock School Junior Band


Solo Instrumental :  Sophie Costa          (Trophy)   RC  Lutterworth Wycliffe

Solo Vocal :  Eloise Snape                                     RC Rutland

Instrumental Ensemble : Rayan Al-Ghatani & Samantha Rei RC Boston

Vocal Ensemble : Liv Whyatt-Sames & Poppy Frost   (Trophy)  RC Towcester

Group : Towcester Rockschool Intermediate Band                 RC Brackley


Solo Instrumental : Euan Thomas                                                 RC Brackley

Solo Vocal : Katie Marshall    (Trophy)                                       Rc Rutland

Vocal Ensemble : Imogen Brown, Daisy McLaughlin, Lucy Dean, Lucy Owen RC Towcester

Instrumental Ensemble : Soar Valley  Music Centre Brass Ensemble

(Trophy)   RC  Wreake Valley – Syston Sat.

National winners 2018-2019

2018/19 Rotary Young Musician Final Results


Winner:                                            Yazdi MADON – Piano (District 1260)

Runner Up:                                      Oliver SIMPSON – Cello (District1090)

Highly Commended (3rd):          William CLARK – Violin (District 1040)


Winner:                                            Florence CAIN (District 1090)

Runner Up:                                      Euan McDONALD (District 1230)

Highly Commended:                    Rebecca WALKER (District 1110)