Young Musician

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

Results of the District 1070 Young Musician Competition 2018 can be seen here

How are local heats organised ?

Local competitions or events, bearing in mind the district entry deadline stated below, 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 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 Young Musician in Rotary District 1070 describe the categories, age groups and other restrictions. Don’t worry about how many entries you have, the role of your adjudicator 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 round of the competition will be eligible to go forward to the District 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) AGE GROUPS:

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

Age is at 31st August 2018

The competition rules  and Young Musician Competition entry form can  be  found from these links.

National winners 2018

You can read about the National winners of the Rotary Young Musician  Competition here 

This article was first published in  Rotary May 2018 edition Read the comments on Sofia by the National judges


A selection of the competitors in the 2017 District Finals.