The grand final of the 2017-18 Rotary Young Musician Competition will be held in Heriot Watt University

The annual Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition is an event of which Rotary can be justly proud. It culminates in the awarding of the Young Musician of the Year titles to one vocalist and one instrumentalist but more importantly it offers to so many youngsters across the British Isles the opportunity to develop their musical talent and their personal confidence. Here’s an extract from a letter received from a Scottish Young Musician, who made it to the 2017 Regional Final and who is now studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, making exactly that point:

“I'm writing to express my thanks for the recent opportunities I have been provided with through the Young Musician of the Year competition. I am truly grateful for the experience and encouragement that this competition has given me.
Performing at four concert style competitions has given me invaluable experience of performing as a soloist which will undoubtedly benefit me in the future. I'm delighted to have gained such success in the competition and thank you all for your efforts in organising this event.”


It all starts with local competitions organised by individual Rotary Clubs who invite nominations from schools and professional music teachers and that local Club involvement is vital. These initial events provide young musicians under the age of 18 with the opportunity to display their talents and for most this is their first experience of performing in front of an audience. We want to see even more Clubs in District 1020 holding local competitions in 2018. It’s good PR for Rotary and for your Club.

From these local events singers and instrumentalist are selected to go forward to Area, District and Regional competitions leading to the Grand Final which in 2018 is to be held in Edinburgh and which is to be organised by the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno.

The Grand Final will be held in the James Watt Theatre at the Heriot Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh on Saturday 19 May 2018 commencing at 11am. Details of Club, Area and District dates and venues will be circulated later.

Connor Smith, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno, was the national vocalist Young Musician of the Year in 2013 and in 2016 Marcus Swietlicki, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Penicuik, was placed third in the vocalist category and Anna Michels (Pianist) sponsored by Falkirk came third in the instrumentalist section. Help us to achieve success for District 1020 in 2018.