New Talent British International Youth Music Competition 2019

Introduction

The 2nd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition is organised by Amy Yuan Academy in association with British Music Society. The Competition aims to offer young people the experience of performing on a public stage, an opportunity to showcase their musical talents, a platform to exchange musical ideas with young musicians from other countries and cultures and to receive impartial feedback and assessment of their performances by UK’s top music professors and educators.

The Competition will also be the selecting channel for the ‘New Talent Initiative’ where talented young musicians are guided and trained towards entrance to top International music colleges or British public schools with music scholarships.

Prize winners of this year’s competition are invited by the British Embassy China, to perform at the Expo 2019 Beijing.

Who can take part

We welcome entries from young musicians of all levels and nationalities between the age of 4 to 24, who are studying a string instrument, piano, voice, woodwind and brass or speech.

Amy Yuan Academy was founded by award-winning violinist Amy Yuan in London in 2015.

Amy is the only Chinese national to have led National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She studied with full scholarships at Millfield School and Royal Academy of Music and has been elected as Associate of Royal Academy of Music. Through masterclasses, lectures, music festival and competition, Amy Yuan Academy is building a bridge between East and West through music while helping students from Britain and China to develop their musical skills and foster a love of learning.

The British Music Society was founded in 1979, with the aim to promote British music and education. The British Music Society’s board is made up of musicians of international renown. Among them are the Society’s vice presidents Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Andrew Davis.

New recordings by the Society are released on the Naxos label, while archive and historic performances are available on the original BMS label.

Advisors

Richard Morris

Former CEO of ABRSM

Chairman of Yehudi Menuhin School

David Strange

Professor of Cello at Royal Academy of Music

Former Head of Strings at Royal Academy of Music

HRH Princess Alreem ALTenaiji

Royal Patron of Amy Yuan Academy

Philanthropist

Jury Panel

Jo Cole

Head of Strings at Royal Academy of Music

Professor of Cello at Royal Academy of Music

Nicola Eimer

Professor of Piano at Royal Academy of Music

Renowned concert pianist and chamber musician

Julie Kennard

Former Professor of Singing at Royal Academy of Music

Renowned concert soprano

Anna Pope

Faculty at Junior Academy and Purcell School over 20 years

Renowned flautist and educator

David Woodcock

Director of Music at Harrow School, London

Renowned conductor and educator

Amy Yuan

Associate of Royal Academy of Music

The only Chinese national to have led National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Lucinda Allen

Voice Coach to West End performers

Vocal coach at The Institute of Contemporary
Music Performance

Official Accompanist

All candidates will be accompanied by our official accompanist and will have a run-through ahead of the competition

Alexandra Vaduva

Winner of Hattori Foundation Music Award

Piano alumna of Royal Academy of Music

Mina Beldimanescu

Award winning pianist

Piano alumna of Royal Academy of Music

Categories and Age Groups

Strings

Beginner Group(age 4-7)

Children Group(age 8-11)

Intermediate Group(age 12-15)

Advanced Group(age 16-18)

Professional Group(age 18-24)

Piano

Beginner Group(age 4-7)

Children Group(age 8-11)

Intermediate Group(age 12-15)

Advanced Group(age 16-18)

Professional Group(age 18-24)

Voice

Beginner Group(age 4-7)

Children Group(age 8-11)

Intermediate Group(age 12-15)

Advanced Group(age 16-18)

Professional Group(age 18-24)

Woodwind and Brass

Beginner Group(age 4-7)

Children Group(age 8-11)

Intermediate Group(age 12-15)

Advanced Group(age 16-18)

Professional Group(age 18-24)

Speech

Beginner Group(age 4-7)

Children Group(age 8-11)

Intermediate Group(age 12-15)

Advanced Group(age 16-18)

Professional Group(age 18-24)

Please note:

  • Competitors who are violinists, pianists and singers can choose to perform their piece set by British Music Society in accordance with the repertoire requirements for their age group (please click the above buttons for details) to enter for the British Music Society Prize. You can access the sheet music for the set pieces by clicking here.
  • Competitors can enter for the age group above their current age, but can not enter for the age group below their current age.
  • We have 2 grand pianos on stage for performances of piano concertos.

 

Prizes

  1. Virtuoso Prize- Certificate, trophy, hand-written comment and invitation to perform at Expo 2019 Beijing.
  2. Gold Prize- Certificate, trophy and hand-written comment.
  3. Silver Prize- Certificate, medal and hand-written comment.
  4. Bronze Prize- Certificate, medal and hand-written comment.
  5. British Music Society Prize:For competitors who are violinists, pianists and singers. Competitors playing these 3 instruments can choose to play the set piece by British Music Society and the best performance of the piece will be awarded the British Music Society Prize. The Prize winner will receive British Composer Profile and a £30 voucher to Chimes music stores to purchase British sheet music.

Outstanding candidates will be selected into the ‘New Talent Initiative’, which helps students to prepare for music colleges in the UK or entry into top British schools with music scholarships.

 

Timeline of Competition

At least 2 weeks prior to 10th August

  • Candidates and Parents notified of arrival time for run-throughs on 9th August and registration and green room warm up time slots on 10th August.

9th August

  • Run-throughs with official accompanist.
  • Competition Opening Concert.

10th August

  • All day competition for all categories.
  • Evening: Prize-giving Ceremony and Award Winners’ Concert.

September/October (TBC)

  • Performance at Expo 2019 Beijing.

Entry and Contact

Entry opens until: 1st July 2019 (we might close sooner if our maximum capacity has been reached)

*multiple entries by individuals are permitted

Email: info@ayacademy.net

Competition Venue

Harrow School

Harrow School is one of the few schools left in England that is boys only and full-boarding. Distinguished Old Harrovians include seven British prime ministers and the first prime minister of India, Pandit Nehru, as well as poets and writers as diverse as Byron, Sheridan and Richard Curtis. As stewards of many cherished traditions, boys at Harrow benefit from an education that develops their unique talents and a love of learning, alongside a keenness to contribute their strengths to the world.

In 2018, over a quarter of the school’s graduates went on to universities that are top 10 in the world ranking.

The Competition will be taking place at Harrow School. Director of Music of Harrow School will be on the jury panel of the competition.