Be a part of Scotland’s national festival of music

Entries now open for Scottish Young Musicians 2023

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. Apply today to see how SYM can help you achieve your ambitions through your talent in music.

A nationwide competition to discover the brightest musical talent in Scotland, open to every school student in Scotland who sings or plays an instrument. Following local competitions, the National Final will be held on Sunday 21st May 2023 at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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An online competition open to ensembles of 3 to 12 players, in any genre. School and local ensembles can win a chance to perform in a prime slot at our National Final. There will be additional prizes including a prize for an exceptional brass ensemble.

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These highlights from last year's National Final will give you taste of what to expect. Read more about the 2022 competition here.

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 [link to prize page]. 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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I am excited to see the emergence of these new competitions which will be of immense help and encouragement for the aspirations of thousands of young Scottish musicians. As they say, it’s not the winning that counts - it’s the taking part and learning a lot about oneself as a developing musician, being able to contrast and compare one’s progress with one’s young colleagues.

Sir James MacMillan
Conductor, Composer & Artistic Director,
The Cumnock Tryst

James McMillan