Ensemble of the Year

Ensemble of the Year

After an incredible day of performances at the SYM National Finals, the 2023 competition is now closed. Follow us on social media for the latest announcements about next year's competition.

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:

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 2023 competition is now closed.  Please follow us on social media for the latest updates about next year's competition.



Follow us on social media to get the latest announcements about the Scottish Young Musicians competitions.

There are few things more valuable than to encourage and inspire the next generation of young musicians to achieve their goals and realise their dreams. The competitions organised by Scottish Young Musicians are an exciting way of getting everyone to enjoy their musical journey to the stage, a place that I call home!

MILO҆
Award Winning Classical Guitarist

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