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.
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 Festival 2021 is judged in late November, and the closing date for entries is 13 November
For information and applications
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 2021.
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 2022 and will be assessed during January.
Maidstone Young Musician 2022
Maidstone Young Musician 2022 Online Adjudicator: Bryan Husband
Bryan studied singing and piano accompaniment in London and Cardiff. After some years in European opera houses, Bryan lived in Southern Ireland, and now has homes in Worcester and London. He is a professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, teaches privately, gives workshops, performs, adjudicates, is a Music and Rock & Pop examiner for a major music examining board, and also instructs skiers! Performances include television and radio broadcasts, opera, oratorio and recital.
In 2005, Bryan became a British and International Federation of Festivals’ Adjudicator, and has adjudicated in festivals around the UK, Gibraltar, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most recently in Cornwall. His hobbies include all theatre, gardening, skiing and walking. Bryan is looking forward so much to the resumption of live music, whether as a performer, examiner, adjudicator or audience member.