Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform competition now open

Some of 2013's winners
Some of 2013’s winners

If you’re a young musician  aged 18 and under on January 1st 2014 with a minimum of grade 7 on your chosen instrument living or at school in the south-west (covering Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon) and wish to further your career, you may be interested to hear that the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform competition is now open for entries.

The deadline for entrants is 31st January 2014 and there’s a maximum number of 60 entries this year on a first come, first served basis, so if you’re keen to take part it’s vital that you get your form sent in as soon as possible.

The first round of auditions is due to take place at the Festival headquarters in North Devon between 8th-9th March 2014, with candidates required to play or sing two contrasting pieces lasting no longer than ten minutes in total. The competition is open to strings, brass and woodwind players, percussionists, pianists and singers.

Click here for the entry form.

Marimba player Alexandra Smith, one of the winners of 2013’s competition, had this to say about taking part: “There was a certain magic to the venue which was truly in the middle of nowhere! The wild beauty of the surroundings also added to the experience. I loved the venue hall… the fact that the adjudicators were seated around a big wooden table on beautiful old mismatched chairs gave a cosy and comforting homely feel to the auditions which certainly made me feel more confident. I don’t know if any of the adjudicators were famous, but they definitely put me at ease; it felt as if you were amongst friends – kindly aunts or uncles who had come around for afternoon tea! I felt that they really listened to my playing. I got a little cheer and clap from them at the end of each piece that I played which made me feel wonderful inside. I found the adjudicators’ comments so helpful. I actually had to look up some of the musical terms on Google!”

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