Ensemble of the Year
For 2023, we are delighted to invite ensembles playing any instrument to enter our Ensemble of the Year competition. This online competition will see school and local ensembles compete to win a chance to perform in a prime slot at our National Final.
Who can enter?
Ensemble of the Year is open to ensembles of 3 to 12 players of any genre or grouping of instruments. Your ensemble must play together regularly in a formal group from a school or recognised music organisation (not an informal group of friends).
Your members must be school students in Scotland. There is no minimum age or standard.
How does it work?
Ensemble of the Year is an online competition. You will record a video of your ensemble playing. The video must:
- include a programme of two contrasting pieces
- be no longer than 10 minutes in total
- have no more than 2 players per part
- be unedited, with all participants playing in one venue at the same time
One ensemble should be selected to represent each local authority, recognised music organisation, and Scotland's independent schools. We encourage each local authority and group to have their own competitions to select their final entry.
The chosen entries will then be submitted for judging by our panel of esteemed adjudicators. The winning ensemble will be awarded the title of Ensemble of the Year and receive a cash prize to further their musical experiences, the Maid of Morven Trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to play a prime slot at the Solo Performer of the Year National Final at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Thanks to a generous donation from our sponsor Dr Ursula Jones OBE, there will be a special prize for one exceptional brass ensemble. This prize is donated in honour of her late husband Philip Jones CBE, who founded one of the world’s most celebrated brass ensembles.
Why should we enter?
Ensemble of the Year is a chance for your ensemble to get experience playing together and push your performance skills to the next level. You’ll be in with a chance of being recognised as some of the brightest young musical talent in Scotland and being awarded a cash prize, trophy and a performance slot at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
How do we enter?
If you are a young musician, speak to your music teacher or band conductor to let them know you're interested in entering the competition.
They should contact the following person to get details about entering the competition:
- Local authority schools should contact their Music Service Manager
- Independent schools should email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other ensembles should contact Mae Murray on email@example.com
Once you've recorded your video (see How does it work?), the above contact will send you a link to upload your videos and music scores. Only one entry is permitted for each local authority, band and Scotland's independent schools, so there may be local and regional competitions to decide a final entry.
The deadline for entries is 31st March 2023.
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.