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 Sunday 15 August 2021

Strings | Piano | Voice | Woodwind and Brass | Speech

For young musicians age 4-30 from ALL nationalities

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Prizes include:

The Royal Academy of Music Prize (adjudicated by the Principal of the Royal Academy of Music – Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood)

Total £2100 cash prizes, 1-1 masterclasses and invitation to perform at Royal Academy of Music

Entry fee: £75 per entry.

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. The Royal Academy of Music is an Official Partner Institution. 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 week beginning 16th 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 and adding #NEWTALENTTAKEOVER to the fun. It is a series of live interviews and Instagram takeovers, hosted by our previous competition award winners. They will be talking about/sharing 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 takeovers will be available on our media channels for everyone to watch and get involved with, without any obligation to enter for the Competition. Please click here for playback videos of the live chats! Please visit our Instagram for all of our social media interactions!

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.