The 4th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition

Held ONLINE in light of the global Covid-19 development

Deadline for entry: 11.59pm BST Friday 30 July 2021

Strings | Piano | Voice | Woodwind and Brass | Speech

For young musicians age 4-30 from ALL nationalities

Prizes include £1600 cash prizes, 1-1 masterclasses and invitation to perform at Royal Academy of Music

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

We have bursaries available. Please see Terms and Conditions for more details.

What We Offer

The 4th 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 will be offering New Talent Talks which is a series of talks hosted by members of our Jury Panel and other guest speakers. These talks are free of charge for participating Competition candidates and will take place online during the period of 4-7th August 2021. The topics of the talks will be announced in due course and will cover ‘How to practice more efficiently’ to ‘How to prepare for auditions’.

We are keeping the #NEWTALENTLIVECHATS running this year. It is a series of live interviews – , with our previous competition award winners. They will be talking about the challenges and opportunities they faced for the past year, their dreams and hopes for the future as well as some practice and recording 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. 

Who Can Take Part

We welcome entries from young musicians and actors of all levels and nationalities between the age of 4 to 30, who learn or play musical instruments, sing or act in an amateur, educational or professional capacity.

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 has set up a music award in Amy’s name – Amy Yuan Music Award. Through courses, music festival and competition, Amy Yuan Academy is building a bridge between East and West through music and culture while discovering new talents. Amy Yuan Academy has been hosting the annual New Talent British International Youth Music Festival and Competition for 3 years and has welcomed over 400 young musicians from nearly 30 countries.

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

Former 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

Wendy Hiscocks

Chairman of British Music Society

Jury Panel

Jo Cole

Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music

Professor of Cello at Royal Academy of Music

Biography

Nicola Eimer

Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music

Renowned concert pianist and chamber musician

Biography

Julie Kennard

Former Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music

Renowned concert soprano

Biography

Fraser Gordon

Head of Woodwind at the Royal Academy of Music

Principal Contrabassoon at Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Lloyd Wylde

Passionate and in-demand voice and spoken word educator

Teaches on the MA Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music

Biography

David Woodcock

Director of Music at Harrow School, London

Renowned conductor and educator

Biography

Amy Yuan

Associate of Royal Academy of Music

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

Biography

Detailed Competition Information

Categories and Age Groups

  1. The Competition has 5 categories:
  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Speech

2. Each category is divided into the following groups:

  • Group One (ages 4-5)
  • Group Two (ages 6-7)
  • Group Three (ages 8-11)
  • Group Four A (ages 12-15)
  • Group Four B (age 12-15 for specialist music/drama school students)
  • Group Five A (ages 16-18)
  • Group Five B (age 16-18 for specialist music/drama school students)
  • Group Six (ages 18-30)

Repertoire Requirements

Any Candidate who chooses to include a piece of music written by a British composer born after 1860 will automatically be entered for the competition for the British Music Society Prize. Please indicate entry for this Prize by putting ‘BMS’ in a bracket next to the chosen British composer’s repertoire’s title (please note that the BMS Prize is open to Strings, Piano, Voice, Woodwind and Brass Categories).

Strings Category, Piano Category, Woodwind and Brass Category
  • Group One: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 3 minutes.
  • Group Two: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 5 minutes.
  • Group Three: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 7 minutes.
  • Group Four A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Four B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Five A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Five B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Six: Choose 3 pieces of music, contrasting in style, from at least two different style periods and which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 15 minutes.
Voice Category:
  • Group One: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 3 minutes.
  • Group Two: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 5 minutes.
  • Group Three: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 7 minutes.
  • Group Four A: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Four B: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Five A: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Five B: Choose 2 songs, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Six: Choose 3 songs, of which two must be art songs, the other must be an aria. The three songs must be of at least two different languages. Total performance time may last no more than 17 minutes.
Speech Category:
  • Group One: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as fiction, poetry or fairy stories, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 3 minutes.
  • Group Two: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as fiction, poetry or fairy stories, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 5 minutes.
  • Group Three: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as fiction, poetry or fairy stories, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 7 minutes.
  • Group Four A: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Four B: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 9 minutes.
  • Group Five A: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Five B: Choose 2 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last no more than 12 minutes.
  • Group Six: Choose 3 extracts of contemporary work from the 20th or 21st Century, such as modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time may last 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 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. Time limits must be strictly adhered to. The adjudicators will stop assessing any part of the performance that extends beyond the time limit.

Prizes*

All participating candidates will receive a comment sheet for each entry they make and all participating candidates will receive a certificate of participation (electronic).

  1. Virtuoso Prizes:
  • A £300 cash prize.
  • A 1-1 masterclass with a member of the jury panel (online format lasting 45 minutes)
  • Publicity across the Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Invitation to perform at Royal Academy of Music (London) at the 5th or 6th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition and Festival in the Summer of 2022 or 2023 (when restrictions relating to Covid-19 permit The Competition to return to the original in-person format)
  • Virtuoso Prize Certificate (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 and Instagram.
  • Invitation to perform at Royal Academy of Music (London) at the 5th or 6th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition and Festival in the Summer of 2022 or 2023 (when restrictions relating to Covid-19 permit The Competition to return to the original in-person format)
  • British Music Society Certificate (electronic format)

Please note that the BMS Prize is open to Strings, Piano, Voice, Woodwind and Brass Categories.

3. Age Group 1st Prize:

  • Publicity across The Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Invitation to perform at Royal Academy of Music (London) at the 5th or 6th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition and Festival in the Summer of 2022 or 2023 (when restrictions relating to Covid-19 permit The Competition to return to the original in-person format)
  • 1st Prize Certificate (electronic format).

4. Age Group 2nd Prize:

  • 2nd Prize Certificate (electronic format).

5. Age Group 3rd Prize:

3rd Prize Certificate (electronic format).

6. Age Group 4th Prize:

4th Prize Certificate (electronic format).

7. Virtuoso Music: Teaching Award

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

  • Virtuoso Music: Teaching Award Certificate (electronic format).

8.  Virtuoso Music: Teaching Centre Award

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

  • Virtuoso Music: Teaching Centre Award Certificate (electronic format).

9. Certificate of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to performers who have, in the opinion of the adjudicators, reached a technically competent and musically interesting level of performance.

  • Certificate of Achievement (electronic format).

*Rules on Prizes

  • An Age Group 1st Prize will be made in age groups where there are up to four entries, with no other prizes for place given (Age Group 1st Prize may be vacated if adjudicators feel the level of performance within the age group has been insufficient to attain the Prize). An Age Group 2nd Prize will be made additionally in age groups where there are between five and six entries. An Age Group 3rd Prize will be made additionally in age groups where there are eight or nine entries. An Age Group 4th Prize will be made additionally in age groups where there are 10 or more entries.
  • Printed Certificates are available to be posted to candidates upon request. International postage fee will be charged in addition to the Competition Entry Fee.

Regulations

Please read the Regulations of the Competition by clicking here.

Entry and Contact

Entry opens until: 11.59pm BST on Friday 30 July 2021

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. Please see here for guidelines on recording video 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 before 30th July 2021.
  8. Attend New Talent Talks which is hosted by members of our Jury Panel and other guest speakers and are available to this year’s participating Competition Candidates free of charge 4-7th August 2021.
  9. Attend the live online Award Ceremony and Award Winners’ Concert on 8th August 2021.

Competition Entry Form and Entry Fee

Our 2021 competition will be an online competition in light of the global development of Covid-19

Entry Fee: £75 per entry. 

Bursaries are available to help towards the entry fee for Candidates who are currently receiving bursary or Free School Meals from their local authorities. We will require evidence to support bursary applications and will conduct checks to validate the applications. Whether a bursary application is approved and the amount of bursaries provided will be solely at AY Academy’s discretion.












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