Berkshire Young Musician of the Year – Strings Competition 2023

Sun 11th Dec 2022 1st round - online / Semi-Final - Bradfield College / Final - The Old Court, Windsor
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Berkshire Young Musician of the Year – Strings Competition 2023

The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition is back for 2023. Berkshire Maestros, in partnership with Windsor Festival and Bradfield College, is this year running a competition for string players to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age. This competition is open to young players of:


 – Violin
 – Viola
 – Cello
 – Double Bass
 – Harp


Competitors will follow a three stage process of round one, semi-final and final. The live concert final for will take place at The Old Court in Windsor.



First round – Video entries submitted by Sunday 11th December 2022
Semi Final – Sunday 5th February 2023 – Bradfield College
Final – Sunday 12th March 2023 – The Old Court, Windsor

Send your video entries by 11.59pm Sunday 11th December 2022

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How to apply:


Entry to the competition is open to any student aged 18 or under on 12th March 2023 who can tick at least one of the following criteria:


– A permanent resident of Berkshire

– Attending a school within Berkshire

– Currently receiving instrumental tuition within the county of Berkshire


String Categories:


Ages 9 and under 

You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 7 minutes. Entry fee for this category is £15


Ages 10 to 12

You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 10 minutes. Entry fee for this category is £15


Ages 13 to 15

You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 12 minutes. Entry fee for this category is £20


Ages 16 to 18

You will be required to play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 15 minutes. Entry fee for this category is £20




Apply here for the Berkshire Young Musician Competition and pay your entry fee here


After you have completed the form and paid your entry fees please submit your video entry (see the guidelines below) and send an email containing the video link to by 11.59pm Sunday 11th December 2022.



Please see our terms and conditions for full details of entry requirements.


Financial support is available if you would find it difficult to meet the cost of the registration fee. If you are already in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based only), Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit, you can request funding support by providing us with proof of the benefit you are receiving. If your child is entitled to Pupil Premium you can request help along with your child’s school submitting confirmation to us of the entitlement.




Video guidelines

We have made the first round of entry as easy as possible through a video entry system so please see our advice below on how to record and upload your video. Please read the information carefully before submitting your video to us, should you have any further questions, please contact us via email on

When do I submit my entry?
Links to video entries must be submitted via email by 11.59pm Sunday 11th December 2022. You should not exceed the time limits specified for your entered age category.

What if I don’t have access to a video camera?
Most smart phones and tablets now have good video recording capabilities should you not have access to a video camera. However, should you have any particular difficulties and neither yourself nor your instrumental teacher can record your entry via video then do contact us and we can assist by recording your entry with our own equipment at one of Berkshire Maestros music centres.

Does my video entry need to be performed with an accompanist?
No it doesn’t. We would always encourage entries with piano or backing track where appropriate, however the judging panel will not penalise video entries without accompaniment. Do see our terms and conditions for guidelines on accompaniment in the later rounds.

How do I upload my entry?
Depending on how you recorded your video the upload process will be different. If you would like some guidance on how to upload your video, have a look at this video here.

Do I have to use YouTube?
There are various other websites now available to upload and view videos such as Vimeo. However, if it is your first time using one of these services then we would suggest YouTube as most information on how to post and share a video is based around that. You will need an account with whichever service you choose to upload your video entry with.

I don’t want my entry viewable to the public – how do I prevent this?
YouTube has multiple privacy options available. For us to be able to view your video you will need to set your recording to either ‘Public’ or ‘Unlisted’. ‘Public’ means the video will be able to be found and viewed by anyone online via a YouTube or internet search. ‘Unlisted’ however will not be able to be found via search options but can be viewed by those you have shared the video with via the link provided to you by YouTube, meaning you can share your entry with us without anyone else being able to search for it.

I’ve uploaded my video, now what?
Please email the sharable link of your video to .
In the subject line please include the words “Video Entry” followed by the candidate’s name and age as of 12th March 2023. For example:
Video Entry: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Age 10
Don’t forget to attach a scanned copy of the music being performed in the video along with the video link.

Videos must be submitted by 11.59pm Sunday 11th December 2022. 



Prizes and feedback:

– All entrants to receive a 48 hour access code to the Digital Concert Hall

– All first round entrants will receive written feedback on their performance from the panel of judges.

– Semi-final participants will receive feedback and a certificate.

– The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have kindly offered our 12 finalists:

  • A pair of top price tickets to a concert at the Hexagon in Reading
  • A pair of top price tickets for any concert as part of the Journeys of Discovery season in London at either the Royal Albert Hall or the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
  • Including a chance to meet and greet a string player at the interval of the concert

– Category winners will receive feedback, a certificate and a plaque.

– The overall winner will receive the title of Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2023, the Berkshire Young Musician Trophy, along with feedback and a certificate PLUS a 12 month access code to the Digital Concert Hall.



We are grateful for the support from Windsor Festival in running the competition. Windsor Festival invites the world’s finest musicians, writers, artists, and local performers to entertain and delight festival audiences, to celebrate Windsor’s special place as a Royal town, and to inspire the next generation of artistic talent and creativity.

Also we would like to thank: 

  • Bradfield College for their partnership in this competition and for them providing us with a venue to hold the semi finals.
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their generous prizes for our 12 finalists.


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