Supporting Young Musicians
2020 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition
We depend on sponsorship and donations to provide financial prizes for the Sussex Young Musician Competition. If you would like to make a donation please click the button below.
For health and safety reasons due to the coronavirus crisis, the competition is being run online this year.
Entrants for this competition must:
– Be aged between 18 and 26 on the 30th August
– Be embarking on or intending to embark on a professional music career
– Have a connection with Sussex for example by being born and/or currently or previously living in Sussex.
The Sussex Young Musican Competition prizes to be awarded this year are:
• £1000 for the Sussex Young Musician of the Year
• £500 for the competition runner-up
• £250 each for the other competition finalists
The 2020 Sussex Young Musician Competition is now closed and the winner will be announced in October 2020.
We received a total of 41 Competition entries from which the following five finalists have been selected:
Eliette Harris - violin
Georgia Mae Ellis - mezzo
Helen Lacey - soprano
Jamie Andrews - organ/piano
Toril Azzalini-Machecle - percussion
To see a 3-min video of all the entrants click here.
Composer Jonathan Dove Joins The Sussex Young Musician Judging Panel
Coro Nuovo is delighted to announce that Jonathan Dove has kindly agreed to be one of our three expert judges on the 2020 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Jonathan’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.
Broadcaster Katie Derham Joins The Sussex Young Musician Judging Panel
Coro Nuovo is delighted to announce that Katie Derham has kindly agreed to be one of our three expert judges on the 2020 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Katie who is a Sussex resident, has presented the Proms, hosted the classical BRIT awards, conducted orchestral, choral and operatic music through BBC’s Maestro programme and is also an amateur violinist.
Conductor Mark Wigglesworth Joins The Sussex Young Musician Judging Panel
Coro Nuovo is delighted to announce that Mark Wigglesworth has kindly agreed to be one of our three expert judges on the 2020 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Mark who is also a Sussex resident, is an internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor. He has held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and most recently Music Director of English National Opera. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
2020 Competition Main Sponsor
Coro Nuovo is particularly grateful to the Traditional Oak and Timber Company (Tradoak) who will again be the main sponsor for this year’s competition.
Neil Peskett of Tradoak said: “In these most challenging of times, Tradoak is delighted to continue to support talented Sussex Young Musicians because it is essential to invest in the future of our culture and arts.”