There will be three rounds:

1. A Preliminary Round will be held on the 24th June 2018 in the Ballroom of the Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar
CM5 9JT from 2.00 pm until approximately 6.00 pm.

2. The Semifinal Round will be held on the 1st July 2018 in the Ballroom of the Budworth Hall from 2.00 pm until approximately 6.00 pm.

3. The Final Round will be held on the 1st July 2018 in the Ballroom of the Budworth Hall from 7.00 pm until approximately 9.30 pm.


There will be a panel of three judges for the Preliminary Round and at least five judges for the Semifinal and Final Rounds. The exact makeup of this panel may depend upon the requirements of the Semifinal.

Should any competitor be studying will one or more of the judges, the judge or judges in question will not participate in the assessment of that competitor's performance.

The Judges, whose decision is final, reserve the right to withhold the awards if it is considered that the standards of performance are not sufficiently high.


First Prize £800
Sponsored by a legacy from Miss Marie Korf, BEM
The Essex Young Musician of the Year cup to hold for one year and a medallion; a professional engagement with Ongar Music Club, and an engagement to perform at the annual presentation of bursaries by the Tom Acton Memorial Trust.

Second Prize £350
Sponsor: Anonymous
The Musgrave Cup to hold for one year.

Third Prize £250

Fourth Prize £175

These following two prizes will be awarded to the two most promising performers aged 18 or under on the 2nd July 2017 having not been awarded one of the above prizes in this year's competition.

The Hall Memorial Prize £100
Given in memory of Jean and Barrie Hall

Sponsor: Janet Pope

The Geoffrey Timms Prize £100
Sponsor: Geoffrey Timms


Candidates must detach and complete the Entry Form in the centre of the competition brochure (available here).
Please keep a copy of the submitted repertoire and retain the brochure for reference.

Please ensure that you thoroughly read the programme requirements and conditions of entry below before signing and submitting your entry form.

Signed entry forms must be accompanied by:

1. Testimonials from two professional musicians of standing and written specifically for this year's competition.
2. Proof of eligability is required if not at present living in Essex, for example, a photocopy of the candidate’s birth certificate, if born in Essex.
3. A fee of £35 payable to Ongar Music Club.
4. A full-face photograph which clearly identifies the candidate (min 6” x 4”). This may be emailed to
Photographs cannot be returned.

Send the completed entry form to the Administrator:
Ms. Janet Pope, White House, Noon’s Folly, Newmarket Road, Royston, Herts SG8 7NG
Tel: 01763 248239

Last date of entry: 31st May 2018

As an alternative, the personal and programme details may be completed online at – following the link to Essex Young Musician of the Year. However, items 1-4 above must still be sent to the Administrator by the required date.


  • PRELIMINARY: 10 minutes - two contrasting pieces are recommended.
  • SEMIFINAL: 15 minutes – a different programme from the Preliminary.
  • FINAL: 25 minutes – this may include one work from an earlier round.

Candidates must perform at least one complete piece or movement from memory during each round of the competition.

Please note that these times must allow for preparation, tuning, pauses between works and applause.
Candidates whose perormance is exceedingly over or under the time allowed may be penalised.
Candidates who greatly exceed their time may be requested to stop.

The Administrator cannot permit any alterations to the programmes, once submitted.


1. The competition is open to singers and instrumentalists (not organists).

2. Entrants must have their home address in Essex, or attend school or college, or have been born in Essex.

3. Entrants must be 25 or below on 2nd July 2017.

4. An entry fee of £35 is payable.

5. Entrants must submit signed and dated testimonials from two professional musicians, written specifically for this competition.

6. The last date for entries is 31st May 2017.

7. Past winners of the competition are not eligible to enter.

8. Last year’s finalists who apply for entry will not be required to take part in the Preliminaries.

9. Timings and complete descriptions (including opus or catalogue numbers) of all works to be played must be clearly and accurately stated on the entry form. Where individual extracts, movements, arias or songs are performed, it should be shown clearly from which work or opera they come. The competition Administrator reserves the right to request a re-submission of a competitor’s programme if this requirement is not strictly observed.

10. Strict time keeping will be enforced in all rounds and competitors who are not ready to perform at their appointed time in the Competition programme may be disqualified.

11. Candidates are requested to dress smartly for all stages of the competition. Candidates and accompanists should be ready to wear evening dress for the Final.

12. Candidates must play at least one complete piece or movement from memory during each round of the competition.

13. The Competition cannot legally allow anyone to perform from photocopied music and has no choice but to disqualify performers and accompanists who do so unless, before their performance starts, they can produce written evidence to the Administrator showing that the publisher’s agreement has been sought and granted. Performance from iPads or other electronic devices is prohibited.

14. Competitors must provide the judges with one copy of all music played. For this purpose only, photocopies will be acceptable but these will be retained after the competition and destroyed by the Administrator.

15. Candidates must provide their own accompanists. If there is a problem, the Administrator has several contact numbers for suitably qualified pianists.

16. The use of recording apparatus, either audio or video, at any stage of the competition is illegal and strictly prohibited. Candidates should ensure that their family and friends in the audience are aware of this requirement.

Programme Requirements & Conditions of Entry