Young Musician of the Year

Wandsworth Young Musician of the Year


We are delighted to announce that the 11th Wandsworth Young Musician of the Year is scheduled for *May 2021 and we are now accepting applications. This is a brilliant chance for the borough’s musicians to perform and have fun showing off what you have been working on!

As we enter a new decade for the competition, and with ever changing circumstances, we have made some important updates and additions!

We are excited to introduce our new Ensemble Category. Chamber ensembles of 3 – 10 instrumentalists / vocalists can enter the competition and we are very much looking forward to seeing what exciting groups and bands our borough has to offer!

Junior and Senior applicants will now be split in to 2 separate solo categories and is open to all solo instruments (including electric) and vocalists.

The competition will be held in 2 rounds and finalists will be selected from each of the 3 categories in Round 1. Awards and prizes will be presented at the end of 3 separate finals in July 2021 to the Junior, Senior and Ensemble winners.

This year, Round 1 will take place through video submission performances. Our adjudicator will review the submissions to choose 5 entries from each category to progress to the finals. Although Round 1 performances are unable to take place live, we will be showcasing them for the public to view on our social media pages and website.

Depending on restrictions, the final in July will either take place in front of a live audience or be live streamed on our YouTube page if an audience is not permitted.

This event showcases and celebrates Wandsworth’s young musicians by providing a platform to perform and receive feedback from a prestigious musician.

Entry Criteria:

Musicians who are either resident in Wandsworth, attend a school in the borough or the Wandsworth Music Academy are able to apply. There are 3 categories:

Junior Category: Age 12 or under on 31st Aug 2021. The recommended minimum standard for the Junior category is grade 3-4 or equivalent.

Senior Category: Age 18 or under on 31st Aug 2021. The recommended minimum standard for the Senior category is grade 5+ or equivalent.

The Junior and Senior Categories are open to all solo instrumentalists and vocalists.

*In light of the current lockdown, entries for Round 1 no longer need to have live accompaniment. Performing to backing tracks will be accepted and if this is not possible, unaccompanied submissions can also be entered. If playing unaccompanied, choosing repertoire that is specifically written to be unaccompanied is suggested although not compulsory.

Please note that finalists from the solo categories will be expected to play to live accompaniment at the July 2021 Final.

In the solo categories, entrants shall play no more than one type of instrument in their performance (unless a vocalist is accompanying them self on guitar or piano).

Ensemble Category: Age 18 or under on the 31st Aug 2021. Open to small ensembles of 3 to 10 members. The recommended minimum standard for the Ensemble category is grade 5+ or equivalent. Ensembles should be student led and perform without a conductor.

*Due to current restrictions, spilt screen video entries will be accepted if it is not possible to rehearse and perform together in the same space before the submission deadline.

All rounds of the competition will be available for the public to view online and we strongly encourage all participants to watch and support other performers throughout the competition period.

Round 1:

Online application forms must be submitted by Sunday 18th April. Video performances must be submitted by Sunday 2nd May 2021 to the relevant Dropbox folder (see below).

You may choose your own piece(s) which should not exceed 4 minutes total.

Please click here to complete the short application form:


Video Recordings:

– At the start of the video, please state your full name or ensemble name and title of the piece(s) of music you are about to play clearly. Make sure all performer’s are easily visible for the duration of the video. The video must be filmed in landscape mode

– It is recommended your video submissions are recorded in school or at the Music Academy (if a member) restriction permitting. If this is not possible, film the video in a main room of your home (not your bedroom).

– Set your video to record in high quality (720p or 1080p but not 4k)

– Set your audio to record in high quality (if you have a choice select 44.1k sample quality)

– Do not play directly into the camera (especially brass instruments!) Play slightly off centre about 2m away to avoid clipping and distorting the sound.

– Do a sound check – record a couple of minutes and listen back to check the sound and acoustic (with headphones).

– Clearly save your videos with your full name / ensemble name and Competition Category

Submit your videos by uploading them to our relevant Dropbox folder. Make sure you upload them to the correct category:

Junior applicants:

Senior applicants:


A maximum of 5 entries from each category in Round 1 will be invited to perform at the Final by our adjudicator.

Video submissions will be showcased on our social media pages and website. Subject to ongoing changes, we are aiming for finalists to be announced on Friday 14th May 2021.


The Finals will be held in July 2021.

Finalists are asked to perform a programme of music of their own choice. This should consist of a minimum of 2 pieces of contrasting style; this may comprise differing movements of the same composition. The programme should not exceed 10 minutes total stage time. Restriction depending, we will expect all performances in the Junior and Senior categories to have live accompaniment unless the music states otherwise. Backing tracks will not be accepted for the live final.

How to enter:

Please submit the online application form by Sunday 18th April. Video submissions must be received by Sunday 2nd May 2021.

A £10 entry fee is usually charged, however in light of COVID-19 and current circumstances, we are making this year’s competition free of charge.

Please click here to complete the short application form:


Upload your video submission to the relevant Dropbox (more information above).

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with Yasmin on

*recent changes due to the new lockdown