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’.

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 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 while discovering new talents.

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.