The Competitions

The Competitions

Scottish Young Musicians is a festival of music competitions that aims to help young people achieve their ambitions, develop their talent in music and have fun. This year our young musicians are competing for the titles of Solo Performer of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.

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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I was very grateful to be selected as the winner of the North Ayrshire Young Musician final in 2017. This gave me a platform to share my music and develop my performance skills which was an incredibly valuable experience as I was preparing to start my Bachelor of Music in Performance degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I am now studying a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music in London, and I believe that my experience playing in the final was one of several positive, formative experiences that shaped me into the musician I am today. I am delighted that Scottish Young Musicians has expanded this platform across the whole of Scotland and believe that this will allow the next generation of young musicians to flourish and develop their performance and life skills.

Adam Lee
Winner of the 2021 Principal's Prize,
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Leverhulme Arts Scholar, Royal College of Music

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