November 7th 2021

Congratulations to all who took part in the semi-final stage of the competition this weekend. The standard was truly outstanding.

Further congratulations to Alexander, Louis, Sapphie, Benjamin, Sebastian Congyi, Danielle for progressing to the final stage of the competition which takes place on Sunday 21 November 2021 at 6.30pm at The University of Nottingham Djanogly Recital Hall. Tickets priced £12 are available now:

November 3rd 2021

The organisers of NYMY21 are delighted to announce extra prizes for the winners of the 5 Semi-Final classes – the Finalists.  These will take the form of ‘performance opportunities’ at a future date to be agreed between the following hosts and Finalists:

Brass:              Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Piano:              Foyers of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

Strings:            Orchestra of the Restoration, St Mary’s Church, Nottingham

Voice:              Music for Everyone

Woodwind:     Nottingham Symphonic Winds

Contacts for these ensembles will be given after the Final.  The organisers of NYMY21 are extremely grateful to the following hosts:

Nottingham Youth Orchestra (NYO)

Founded in 1985, the main aim of the NYO is to promote the musical development of young local musicians in full time education. The orchestra has gained a reputation for its high standards of performance and has received praise and acclaim both in the UK and on tours abroad.

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall (TRCH)

‘Situated in the heart of Nottingham, The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall are two of the UK’s most vibrant touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.  In addition to large orchestral & choral events, they host more intimate series of concerts by individual or small groups of performers in their foyer spaces.

Orchestra of the Restoration (OTR)

Based at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the OTR was formed in 1987.  The OTR has frequently featured young performers and furthered the careers of many. 

Music for Everyone (MfE)

Originally formed as the Nottingham Choral Trust in 1983, the work of the Trust has developed to comprise eleven performing groups, involving over one thousand participants. MfE presents a varied programme of high quality concerts each season, as well as developing educational projects.

Nottingham Symphonic Winds (NSW)

One of the UK’s leading orchestras of its type, NSO aims to perform music to the highest standard, entertaining audiences as well as raising funds for local charities and organisations.  NSW is able to play a dazzlingly diverse repertoire from well-known orchestral classics, through jazz, swing, film and show tunes to modern wind orchestral music.

October 11th 2021

The heats round of this years competition took place in the outstanding facilities of the Lakeside Arts Centre at The University of Nottingham last weekend. With just under 70 entries from across the East Midlands the adjudicators remarked on the incredible standard of the young musicians. Huge congratulations to all who took part.

Progressing to the semi-final round on November 7th are


Congyi, Arun, Alex


Sapphie, George, Oliver 


Mya, Oliver, Danielle


Louis, Max, Josie 


Joy, Sebastian, Benjamin