Young Musician

The Rotary Young Musician competition is held every year, beginning at Club level and progressing to District, Regional, and a National Final

There is a good following for the Young Musician Competition in District 1040 and we welcome new additions from Clubs not already involved.

The competition provides an excellent opportunity for Young Musicians to participate in a valuable experience to perform as a soloist in either the instrumental or vocal sections.

The competition is open to all competitors who are 17 or under on 31st of August 2017.

When required, a piano will be provided for an accompanist.

In each competition the competitors are given constructive criticism and assessment of their performances by experienced adjudicators.

Performers can play from memory or from music at any stage.

Notable dates for this year’s competition are Sunday, 25th of February 2018 when the District Final will be held at the National Centre for Early Music at St Margarets Church, Percy's Lane, York YO1 9TL which will be followed by a Regional Final on Saturday 14th of April in Doncaster at a venue yet to be finalised.  The National Final will be held on Saturday 19th of May in the James Watt Theatre, Herriot Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh.

All enquiries for the District 1040 competitions should be addressed to the Youth Service Project Officer, Simon Lindley at or to the Chairman of the Service Project team, Andrew Wilson at

Young Musician pages:

The finalists

A first heat of Young Musician Competition 2018/19

The 25th Competition organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Northallerton and Darlington and was held at Polam Hall School, Darlington, on 10 Nov


District Young Musician Final 2019

​On March 3rd the 1040 District Final of this Rotary competition took place at the NCEM York, in front of a packed audience including several Club members.


District Young Musician 2014

On Saturday York hosted some tremendously talented young musicians at the National Centre for Early Music, taking part in the sixth annual Rotary in Yorkshire District 1040 Young Musician Final.


District Young Musician 2013

The Rotary District 1040 Young Musician of the Year 2013 final was held on Saturday 23rd February. Here are some photos pending a report.


Young Musician National Final Winner is from D1040!

The fantastic news is that Amy Jayne Milton flute sponsored by York Vikings won the competition. She was absolutely superb against some strong opposition.



Winners from the District Young Musician Competitions in Rotary District 1040, 1070 and 1270 met today to compete for one instrumental place and one vocal place at the National Final. Fifteen talented musicians gave excellent performances.

Sarah Owens Amy - Jayne  Milton
Katherine Wren Ben Messenger (in front of DG Em)
James Pertwee ( sponsor representative for  Banks Music)Sophie Jones, Peter Acaster (York Vikings)

Rotary young musician district final

Four Rotary clubs (Halifax, Knaresborough,Northallerton & York Vikings) held local music competitions earlier this year which produced the nine finalists to enter this district final on 7th April. Put your cursor over photo to see names


District Young Musician 2012

Saturday 25th February 2012 saw the 4th annual District 1040 Young Musician Final held at the National Centre for Early Music in York, hosted by the Rotary Club of York Vikings and organised by Peter D Acaster.


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