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2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition

2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition

2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition

2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition

Please read carefully the competitition entry details and FAQs

Entries for the competition close at 11.00pm on Friday 26 April 2024

The live final of the Sussex Young Musician Competition is on Saturday 13 July 2024

Calling all young musicians between 18 and 26 with a Sussex connection.

We are here to support and encourage young Sussex musicians as they embark upon a professional career in music.

Money is a often hurdle for many emerging young musicians, so to help you on your journey we have several bursary prizes available in the Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician Competition.

For 2024, we have secured the support of new and additional sponsors and are delighted to annouce a substantial increase in the available prize money.

We expect the first prize to be £2000, the runner up prize to be £1000 and finalist prize(s) to be £500.  Coro Nuovo reserves the right to adjust these (up or down) depending on the available funds.

If you have any questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

To enter the Competition, click here
and complete the online form.

To upload a one-take Competition Performance Video click here.
(Please make sure that your name is included in the title)

2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition – Entry Details

The Competition entry details are shown below.

1) To enter the Competition, go to the link above or click here and complete the online form to provide some personal and contact details, a summary of your musical experience and how you would benefit from a Competition prize.


2) Entrants also need to upload a one-take Performance Video lasting a maximum of 10 minutes. You may choose one or more pieces to perform. At the start of the video recording, you have up to an additional 1 minute to introduce yourself and explain why you have chosen the piece(s) you are performing. 
Upload your Performance Video using the link above or click here.

3) Entries for this year’s Competition must be received by 11.00pm on Friday 26 April 2024. Entrants who are selected for the Competition Final by the Coro Nuovo Committee will be contacted as soon as possible after the closing date.

4) The Competition Final will be judged on Finalists’ live performances at Coro Nuovo’s summer concert on Saturday 13 July 2024. Before entering the Competition, please make sure that are available on the afternoon and evening of this date.  Further details of the Competition Final will be provided to all Finalists.

5) The decision of Coro Nuovo and the Judges is final.

6) Coro Nuovo reserves the right not to award any or all the Competition prizes if it feels the standard of the performance(s) is not of sufficient merit.

7) If you have any questions about the competition or the entry requirements, see our FAQ information below.  If you still need further information, please contact Kate Kent (Chair, Coro Nuovo) email kate.kent@coronuovo.org.uk or call on 07740 946276.

2024 Sussex Young Musician Competition – FAQs

How will the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition Finalists be selected?
The most important factor is the entrant’s video performances. However, the selection of Competition Finalists will also take into account how the judges think the entrant would benefit from the prize, and the strength of their connection with Sussex.

How will the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition Finalists be judged?
The most important factor is the Finalist’s performance at the Competition Final on Saturday 13 July 2024.  However, the judges will also take into account how they think the entrant would benefit from the prize, and the strength of their connection with Sussex.

On what date do I have to be between 18 and 26 to enter the competition?
Friday 26 April 2024

What does “having a Sussex connection” mean?
A Sussex connection can take different forms, for example:
– Born in Sussex
– Living or have lived in Sussex
– Currently studying or previously studied in Sussex
– Currently working or previously worked in Sussex
As judges will be taking into account the strength of the connection, it is important that Competition entrants explain their own connection with Sussex.

Can I submit more than one application?
Yes, you can.  If you are playing an instrument, it has to be a different instrument for each application.

Does it matter what pieces of music I play in the video performance?
No.  It is entirely your choice.  However, the video performance must not exceed 10 minutes.

Do I need to submit music scores for the judges?
No.  Music scores are not required for the Competition.

Do I play just one piece lasting 10 minutes or can I play more than one piece?
You can play more than one piece; however, we suggest that you choose pieces which show your musicality.

I am not a classical musician – does it matter?
Not at all.  We welcome applicants from all genres of music.

Do I have to be studying at a Conservatoire?
No. You need to be studying or intend to study music as a career, so you could for example be at Sixth Form College, University, Conservatoire or at another Further Education setting.