The 3rd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition – Introduction

Held ONLINE in light of the global Covid-19 development

Deadline for entry: 11.50pm BST Monday 3 August 2020

Strings | Piano | Voice | Woodwind and Brass 

For young musicians age 4-30 from ALL nationalities and ALL levels

Prizes include 1-1 masterclasses and cash prize

Organised by: Amy Yuan Academy in association with British Music Society

What We Offer

The 3rd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition is organised by Amy Yuan Academy in association with British Music Society. This year’s competition will be held online due to the restrictions posted by the Covid-19 development.

The Competition aims to offer young people the opportunity to showcase their musical talents, a forum to exchange ideas with young musicians from other countries and cultures and to receive impartial feedback, encouragement and assessment of their performances by UK’s top music professors and educators.

In light of the global impact of Covid-19, we also hope that this competition will serve as a platform where people come together to celebrate their mutual love of music and feel supported and inspired that music will always bring light to our lives and lift us as we find our way through difficult times.

We are running a series of live interviews (#NewTalentLiveChats) with previous award winners and guest musicians to talk about how they are dealing with the situation around Covid-19 and how they are keeping themselves engaged and motivated through this challenging time as well as some practice and performance tips. These interviews and discussions will be available on our media channels for everyone to watch and get involved with, without any obligation to enter for the Competition.  You can access the recordings of previous live chats here.

Who Can Take Part

We welcome entries from young musicians of all levels and nationalities between the age of 4 to 30, who are studying a string instrument, piano, voice or woodwind and brass.

Who We Are

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. Millfield School recently set up a music award in Amy’s name – Amy Yuan Music Award. Through masterclasses, lectures, music festival and competition, Amy Yuan Academy is building a bridge between East and West through music and culture.

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 and Jury Panel

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

David Woodcock

Director of Music at Harrow School, London

Renowned conductor and educator

Alena Walentin

Vice-Chair of the British Flute Society

Professor at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Amy Yuan

Associate of Royal Academy of Music

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

Detailed Competition Information

Categories and Age Groups

1. The Competition has 4 categories:

  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Woodwind & Brass

2. Each category is divided into the following groups:

  • Group One (ages 4-7)
  • Group Two (ages 8-11)
  • Group Three A (ages 12-15)
  • Group Three B (age 12-15 for specialist music school student)
  • Group Four A (ages 16-18)
  • Group Four B (age 16-18 for specialist music school student)
  • Group Five (ages 18-30)

Repertoire Requirements

The repertoire requirements as stipulated below apply to all instrument categories*.

*If you choose to include a piece of music written by a British composer who was born after 1860, you will automatically be entered for the competition for the British Music Society Prize.

  • Group One: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 5 minutes.
  • Group Two: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 7 minutes.
  • Group Three A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Three B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Four A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 11 minutes.
  • Group Four B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 11 minutes.
  • Group Five: Choose 3 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 15 minutes.

Rules on the time limit:

If the total running time of your chosen programme exceeds the time limit set for your Group, you are allowed to make cuts to the pieces and omit the repeats to be able to fit the performance within the time limit. However, the performance of each piece must be recorded as a single uninterrupted video.

Prizes*

*Each candidate will receive a comment sheet.

  1. Virtuoso Prizes:
  • A £50 cash prize.
  • A 1-1 masterclass with a member of the jury panel (online format).
  • Publicity across the Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format).

Virtuoso Prizes will be awarded to a maximum of one candidate per category. Virtuoso Prizes may be vacated if adjudicators feel the level of performance within the category has been insufficient to attain the prize.

2. British Music Society Prize:

  • A single £100 cash prize for the best performance of a British work written by a British composer born after 1860.
  • Publicity across the Competition’s and British Music Society’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Certificate (electronic format)

3. Gold Award:

  • Publicity across the Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format).

4. Silver and Bronze Award:

  • Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format).

5. Virtuoso Music Teaching Award

Awarded for excellence in music teaching to the direct music teacher of the Virtuoso Prize winners.

  • Certificate (electronic format).

6. Virtuoso Music Teaching Centre

Awarded for excellence in music teaching to the music school or music centre where the Virtuoso Prize winners study.

  • Certificate (electronic format).

Regulations

Please read the Regulations of the Competition by clicking here.

Entry and Contact

Entry opens until: 11.59pm BST on Monday 3rd August 2020

Steps of entry for the Competition:

  1. Fill in the Competition Entry Form
  2. Pay Competition entry fee.
  3. Choose and practise your Competition repertoire.
  4. Record your Competition repertoire performances.
  5. Compile the performances into a video and upload it to YouTube (or Youku if YouTube is blocked in your country).
  6. Read about how to set your YouTube video as ‘unlisted’ here. Read about how to set a password to your Youku video here.
  7. Fill out the Competition Repertoire Details Form.
  8. Attend the live online Award Ceremony and Award Winners’ Concert.

Competition Entry Form and Entry Fee

Our 2020 competition will be an online competition in light of the global development of Covid-19. Entry to the Competition is now open.

Competition Entry Fee*†: £65/entry

*If either of the Candidate’s parents is a member of medical staff who have been fighting on the frontline to combat Covid-19 (for example, NHS staff in the UK), we are offering you 50% off the Competition entry fee. Please contact us to receive the discount payment link.

†If you would like to take part but find it difficult to pay the fees and you are receiving a bursary from your school. Please get in touch.