The Scottish Young Musicians Trophy
The aluminium figure depicts the Maid of Morven, a figure from Ossianic poetry that has inspired composers throughout history.
Find out how the Maid of Morven connects Scotland to the world of classical music in Alexander Stoddart's notes on the sculpture.
Solo Performer of the Year
Every finalist in the Solo Performer of the Year final will receive a music-related prize ranging from equipment to career enhancing bespoke experiences to perform, learn and even record with world class musicians within orchestras and conservatoires. While we have an incredible range of prizes on offer, our real ambition is for as many young musicians as possible to gain memorable experiences from just participating.
In addition to the trophy, the winning soloist will receive:
- £1,000 to spend on activities or items to further their musical career, from Scottish Young Musicians
- a coaching session with the relevant head of department, participation in a masterclass, and a studio recording session with an accompanist provided at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Two runners up will receive:
- £250 each to spend on musical activities, from Scottish Young Musicians
- a coaching session with the relevant heads of department and participation in a masterclass at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Other finalists have the opportunity to win a range of exciting prizes including performance opportunities, concert tickets, observing rehearsals and masterclasses, mentoring, meet-and-greets with musicians, media training, music shop vouchers and more.
Prizes have also been awarded to the regional winners at the local authority level.
Brass Ensemble of the Year
In addition to the trophy, the Brass Ensemble of the Year receives:
- £750 to spend on ensemble music-related activities
- an all-expenses paid trip to play during a prime slot at the Solo Performer of the Year final
This prize has been generously donated by the late Philip Jones CBE and his wife Ursula Jones OBE. Philip founded one of the world’s most celebrated brass ensembles which bears his name, and their extensive catalogue of recordings is frequently played on radio. The runners up ensemble will receive £250.
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!