Maidstone Young Musician

What is the Maidstone Young Musician Competition?

Maidstone Young Musician (MYM) is an annual competition and performing opportunity for talented young musicians, held in Maidstone.

Maidstone Young Musician is run by the Rotary Club of Maidstone Dawn Patrol.

The Mayor of Maidstone 2018-2019, Councillor David Naghi

Talent is rife within the County Town, and as the Mayor of Maidstone, I am lucky to meet and watch performers from all kinds of disciplines. I am therefore very pleased to be associated with Maidstone Young Musician 2019, a contest that showcases those with a musical gift, and encourages them to pursue a career, or further advancement in this field.

I am a keen advocate of promoting the successes of our younger members of society and believe that an opportunity such as this acts as an advertisement for just how much our youth can achieve; and inspires other young people to put their skills in the spotlight. I wish the Maidstone entries the very best of luck.

Reproduced from the 2019 Maidstone Young Musician programme

How do I enter?

Entry into the competition is via the Maidstone Music Festival (MMF).

This year, due to Covid 19 and the difficulty of numbers of people meeting, the festival will be judged online. The adjudications will be from videos sent by the competitors. It is all made straightforward by the Play&Perform programme. The player uploads the URL of their video to the site. It is only accessible to the organisers and the adjudicator, unless the competitor chooses to make it public.

Classes include piano, strings, wind, accordion, singing and solo versatility, and entries are attracted from a wide geographical area.

The Maidstone Music Festical 2020 is judged in late November, and the closing date for entries is 14th November.

For information and applications

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or phone 01622 750943.


To be eligible for selection as a finalist in Maidstone Young Musician you must perform in Maidstone Music Festival. There is no separate registration for MYM.

Outstanding performers from the MMF are selected by the festival adjudicators and organisers and are recommended as finalists in the Maidstone Young Musicians competition.

Invitations to participate in MYM are sent out shortly after the Maidstone Music Festival.

What is the upper age limit, and are there any conditions?

You must be in full time education, and no older than 17 on 31st August 2020.

Please note that Maidstone Young Musician is not open to full time students of music or performing arts in further education.

What would I pay?

There is no charge for taking part in MYM, but, unless you are performing on piano, you will need to obtain and pay for an accompanist.

When and where is MYM taking place?

This year it will be held online. Shortly after the Maidstone Music Festival, the eight finalists for the Maidstone Young Musician Competition will be invited to participate. They are asked to send a video URL of a short recital (up to 10 minutes in duration) of two or more contrasting pieces. These will be due in by 1 January 2021 and will be assessed during January.

Maidstone Music Festival

Previous competitions

Maidstone Young Musician 2020

Flyer for the 2019 Maidstone Young Musician competition

Maidstone Young Musician 2019

Flyer for the 2018 Maidstone Young Musician competition

Maidstone Young Musician 2018