Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

New opportunities

This is our occasional update about forthcoming opportunities that we encourage budding young musicians to apply for:

Alderburgh Young Musicians, apply now


Aldeburgh Young Musicians: Inspiring a new generation

Apply by: Wednesday 10 February

Aldeburgh Young Musicians is a distinctive Centre for Advanced Training designed to realise the artistic potential of 60 exceptionally talented young musicians (8-18 years) across a wide range of music. Part of Aldeburgh Music’s world-class artist development and performance programme, based at the Snape Maltings creative campus on the Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh Young Musicians is rapidly gaining a national reputation for pushing the boundaries of what young musicians can achieve.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians’ approach towards creative music making makes it very different. The young musicians collaborate with professionals, working together as equals, rather than in a more conventional teacher/student setting. Aldeburgh Young Musicians encourage question and experimentation – a melting pot and creative exchange of ideas, using their talents to explore new ways of working, including creating new music and in different styles and genres.

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Be part of a Folk Frenzy in Wales.  Join Gwerin Gwallgo : trac’s Residential Youth Folk Course

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Course dates: 13-16 February 2016
Enrollment cut off: Friday 8th January 2016

trac is Wales’ Folk Development organisation; its role to promote and develop the music and dance traditions of Wales – both within Wales and beyond. Gwerin Gwallgo is a lively four-day residential event for young people between 11 and 18 years of age. It takes place at the beginning of the February half term at Glanllyn, the Urdd Residential Centre in Bala.  There will be instrumental, vocal and clog dancing lessons during the day, followed by informal sessions, concerts, get-togethers, twmpathau and more in the evenings! There will also be opportunities for young people to take part in some of the fun outdoor activities which Glan-llyn has to offer. Towards the end of the course, there will also be a chance to perform.  Find out more and apply.

Calling young musicians trained in the Carnatic or Hindustani musical traditions: Apply to join SAMYO


Samyo is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, and the only one of its kind in the world! The Orchestra is open to young musicians of all backgrounds, and uniquely, combines Hindustani and Carnatic music, with influences of other genres too!

  • World-class training by international tutors, conductors and composers
  • Unrivalled learning and performance opportunities
  • Intensive training and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to apply for bursaries, awards and travelling fellowship

Founded by Milapfest in 2001, the orchestra exists to provide specialized training, development, and performance opportunities for young musicians of all backgrounds, who are under the age of 18 and trained in Indian classical music. The orchestra meets regularly throughout the year for training, rehearsals and performances. Each summer this programme is enriched by a week long summer school, Music India, where the conductors of Samyo are joined by guest tutors from around the world who add unique skills and expertise to the programme. Find out more…

Opportunity for young jazz musicians – become a Tomorrow’s Warrior


Tomorrow’s Warriors is a leading music education/professional development organisation and award-winning creative producer working nationally and internationally with some of the most exciting, most diverse new, emerging and established jazz artists in the UK, with a special focus on those from the African diaspora and girls.  Tomorrow’s Warriors are looking for new young musicians to come along to the Southbank Centre, London to join their Young Artist Development Programme, headed up by award-winning Artistic Director, Gary Crosby OBE.   Sessions are completely free, there’s no need to worry about the cost. They run sessions every weekend during the school term with different activities for different age groups.  Find out more about these sessions and apply