Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year

Chorleywood Music encourages music making in the local community and has in recent years been associated with the Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year to develop and encourage talented, young performers in our local area and neighbouring counties. Chorleywood Music has now brought the competition into its music society portfolio and is delighted to present the 2022 competition.

About RYMY

The Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year has been held annually since 1983. It has attracted high calibre students of classical music from a wide area of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and London.

Historically it was jointly promoted by Three Rivers Music Society and the Rotary Club of Rickmansworth and more recently and additionally by Chorleywood Music. Chorleywood Music brought the competition into its sole remit in 2021.

This prestigious event has been the launch pad for past winners reaching the finals of the BBC Young Musician Competition and international events and for many of its competitors making careers in music. We particularly welcome minimum level competitors with all entrants receiving valuable assessments of their performances from our panel of expert judges. Finalists gain valuable public performing experience in front of appreciative and supportive audiences.

Previous winners

2019 Results

Winner – James Tett (violin)

2nd Place – Firoze Madon (piano)

3rd Place – Jessie Lewis (violin)

View the archive of previous winners dating back to 1983

 

2022 RYMY Competition

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The competition welcomes entries from instrumentalists and singers aged 19 or under on the 5th March 2022 and have reached a minimum performance standard of Grade 7 Associated Board or equivalent. An entry fee of £15 will be charged.

For the preliminary heat, applicants are required to upload a video performance of a maximum of 5 mins. All applicants will receive a digital certificate and an assessment of the performance by our panel of judges from Chorleywood Music led by Chorleywood Orchestra conductor and professional horn player Richard Wainwright.

Finalists chosen by the panel will be invited to perform two contrasting works (12 minutes maximum) at the Final Concert. The Final Concert and competition will take place on Saturday 5th March 2022 at St Mary the Virgin, Rickmansworth stmarysrickmansworth.org.uk from 2pm.

The winner and runners up will be decided by our judges (to be announced). Prizes include a trophy, a cash prize or vouchers, digital certificates, judges’ assessments, recording of the performances and, if a suitable standard is reached, performance opportunities with the Chorleywood Orchestra.

 

To Enter 

Please review the competition rules and then complete the entry form and payment following instructions below. 

For competition enquiries: joprowse@btinternet.com

For music and programme advice: andrew@chorleywoodmusic.com

 

Entry Form 

Click here for the RYMY 2022 entry form  
Please note, the entry form is powered by Google and as file uploads are required, you will need to log into a google account to submit the form.   

 

Payment 

Please make your payment of the £15 entry fee to:
Chorleywood Music
HSBC
Sort Code 40-38-20
Account number 71546570
Please quote reference: Initial and surname of competitor

Or cheque made payable to:
Chorleywood Music
C/o Joanne Porter
14 Norgrove Park
Gerrards Cross
Bucks. SL98QT
Quote reference Initial/Surname of competitor on back of the cheque.

 

RYMY Competition Rules

  1. The competition is open to instrumentalists and singers aged 19 or under on the 5th March 2022
  2. Competitors should have achieved a minimum performance standard of Grade 7 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or equivalent.
  3. Completion of the official entry form and the payment of an entry fee of £15 is required for entry into the competition and must be received no later than the 14th January 2022. The entry fee is non-refundable. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of Chorleywood Music.
  4. For the preliminary heat, all applicants are required to upload a video performance of a maximum of 5 mins via our website chorleywoodmusic.com/RYMY no later than 14th January 2022.
  5. The video performance can consist of a work(s), movement(s), or an excerpt(s) and where relevant either accompanied or unaccompanied. The work(s) chosen must be notified on the entry form. 
  6. Video performances will be judged by a panel selected by Chorleywood Music. Up to eight finalists will be chosen from across the age and instrumental/voice range according to overall merit (based on factors of technical competence, interpretation, and performance). 
  7. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. All qualifying applicants will receive a written assessment by the panel after the competition.
  8. Finalists will be informed by the 4th February 2022 and will be requested to perform at the Final Concert on Saturday 5th March 2022 at St Mary the Virgin, Rickmansworth stmarysrickmansworth.org.uk from 2pm.
  9. The Finalist’s programme must consist of two contrasting pieces of a maximum of 12 minutes (combined total). Details of the works chosen must be provided to Chorleywood Music when requested. 
  10. The programme can be with piano accompaniment or unaccompanied. Competitors are required to provide their own accompanist. Chorleywood Music will provide details of accompaniments at your own expense on request.
  11. Finalist’s may perform work(s) from their video performance.
  12. Competitors are required to provide copies of their music to be performed for the judges. Photocopies are acceptable (subject to permission of the copyright owner) and will be returned at the end of the competition. Competitors must not perform from photocopied music without the written consent of the publisher. Please refer to the Music Publishers’ Association for further information: mpaonline.org.uk 
  13. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. All Finalists will receive a written assessment by the judges after the competition.
  14. The winner will receive a trophy, a digital certificate, a cash prize or vouchers, a recording of their performance and, if a suitable standard is reached, a performance opportunity with the Chorleywood Orchestra. Prizes will also be awarded to the runners up. 
  15. Disregard of these rules can lead to disqualification at the discretion of Chorleywood Music.