Be a part of Scotland’s national festival of music competitions

Scottish Young Musicians is Scotland's leading festival of music competitions. Young musicians can compete to win big prizes, perform live on a national stage, and push their skills like never before.

The competitions are open to every school student in Scotland who sings or plays an instrument, and you can enter as a soloist or an ensemble.

Our 2024 competition will culminate in a National Final at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Sunday 26 May 2024. Scroll down to find out about our different competitions and how you can participate!

Highlights from the Scottish Young Musicians National Final 2023

The Competitions

A nationwide competition to discover the brightest musical talent in Scotland, open to every school student in Scotland who sings or plays an instrument.

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Ensemble of the Year and Brass Ensemble of Year

Online competitions open to ensembles or 3 to 16 players in the Ensemble of the Year and 3 to 12 players in the Brass Ensembles of the Year. School and local ensembles can win a chance to perform in a prime slot at our National Final. 

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Why take part? 

Scottish Young Musicians is a unique event that aims to bring out the best in young musicians. By taking part you'll:

  • Have a chance to win big prizes. Last year's competition prizes included cash to spend on developing music skills, a handcrafted trophy, coaching, studio recording sessions, meet-and-greets with Scotland's top music institutions and more!
  • Grow in confidence as you perform in front of live audiences at a local, regional, and national level
  • Level up your skills. Competitions are an incentive to put in that extra bit of effort that can take your performance to the next level
  • Meet other young musicians, in an environment where you can observe and learn from each other

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We are currently in a rare and beautiful moment in Scotland’s history, where a phenomenal combination of individuals and organisations are tirelessly working together to achieve the highest possible inclusivity and excellence in music, all equally committed to enriching our national story and legacy, and furthermore, we have governmental commitment to free instrumental tuition for Scotland’s young people. It feels like such an exciting time for classical music in Scotland. Scottish Young Musicians offers the chance to celebrate the brilliant young musical talent across the country and as we move towards the National Final.

Nicola Benedetti CBE
Violinist & Director of Edinburgh International Festival

Nicola Benedetti – Special Guest