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Cambridge Young Musician
of the Year 2010

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Young Musician of the Year



Preliminary Rounds

The preliminary rounds of the competition were held in January and February 2010- links to results are below. Adjudicators described the standard as "outstanding".

The winners from the preliminary rounds went forward to the competition Finals on Sunday 28 March, held in the Leys School. Results of the Finals are given here.

Preliminary Rounds ~ Adjudicators ~ Finals ~ Prizes ~ Accompanists ~ Financial support ~ Rules ~ Applications

The Cambridge Young Musician of the Year Competition is open to instrumentalists and singers, aged 10 to 18 years, who either live in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or attend schools in the county.

Preliminary Rounds

Entrants are divided into three different age groups:
10-12; 13-15 and 16-18 years, according to their age on 1 January 2010.

In each age group there are classes for:

  • strings
  • wind
  • brass
  • piano
  • voice
  • percussion

Preliminary rounds were held in Cambridge on:

Sunday 31 January 2010 all 10-12 classes, all piano classes, all percussion classes.

Sunday 7 February 2010 all 13-15 and 16-18 classes, except piano and percussion.

Competitors were asked to play a short, time-limited piece of their choice, with or without piano accompaniment. They were judged on their ability to give a good performance in addition to their musicality and technique.

Classes in the 10-12 age group are held in private. However competitors are encouraged to bring a few friends/family members into the adjudication with them to provide an informal audience. The aim is to create a relaxed atmosphere in which the adjudicator will be able to give constructive feedback to each entrant. At the end of the class all the entrants are invited back to hear the announcement of the winner and highly commendeds and to be presented with written feedback by the adjudicator.

Classes in the 13-15 and 16-18 age groups are held in public with competitors able to hear each other perform. At the end of the class the adjudicator provides individual feedback to each competitor and the winner and highly commended awards are announced.

Results of the 10-12 classes

Results of the 13-15 classes

Results of the 16-18 classes

Adjudicators for the preliminary rounds

10-12 age group
Brass: Julian Baker
Piano: Ruth Thatcher
Strings: Robin Thompson-Clarke
Voice: Ruth Thatcher
Woodwind: Stephen Nagy

13-15 age group
Brass: Julian Baker
Percussion: Chris Brannick
Piano: Lesley Young
Strings: John Shayler
Voice: Peter Hewitt
Woodwind: Stephen Nagy

16-18 age group
Brass: Julian Baker
Percussion: Chris Brannick
Piano: Lesley Young
Strings: John Shayler
Voice: Peter Hewitt
Woodwind: Stephen Nagy

The Finals

The winners of each class went forward to the Finals of the competition in Cambridge on Sunday 28 March 2010. They were asked to perform a time-limited piece(s) of their choice.

Judges for the Finals
Michael Young
Christine Hankin

Competition prizes

The Cambridge Young Musician of the Year will receive £250 in cash, the winner's cup and a performing opportunity with the Ely Sinfonia orchestra.

The two other age group winners will receive a prize of £100 each. The winner of the Connie and John Suter Award for a commended finalist will receive £50. The Williams Prizes for commended finalists in the 13-15 and 16-18 age groups will be awarded for the first time this year to mark the generosity of Benefactor Mrs Audrey Williams.

In previous years all Finalists have received further opportunities to perform as a result of their success in the competition.

Financial support
Cambridge Youth Music has some funds available to help those unable to enter the competition for financial reasons. Please contact the Secretary in confidence: email:


Please read a copy of the rules before entering the competition.


Download a copy of the application form in Word or PDF format




Application deadline
28 November 2009

Preliminary Rounds
Sunday 31 January 2010
Sunday 7 February 2010

Sunday 28 March 2010

Please read the rules of the competition before entering.

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