THE 36th edition of the Bromsgrove International Young Musician’s Competition (BIYMC) is already in full swing and will continue until this Sunday when Julian Lloyd Webber will present the Sir John Manduell Prize.
Fifty-four talented entrants will perform pure unadulterated classical music over several sparkling days until this Sunday’s grand finale.
The event, which is held within the grounds of Bromsgrove School’s Routh Hall is hailed as one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions.
The event continues to attract a global pool of talent, this year bringing entrants from Germany, China, Norway, Belgium, Japan, Poland, Russia, France and the UK.
Music manager Alison Timms will be making the final selections before the performances are judged over three rounds by three internationally-acclaimed musicians led by chairman Edmond Fivet, CBE – who is joined by judges, Gina McCormack and Professor Andrew Zolinsky.
Azerbaijan’s Jamal Aliyev earned critical acclaim from both the audience and his peers when he became the victor of last year’s competition.
This year’s winner will receive £5000 plus opportunities to perform at the Three Choirs Festival, at Bromsgrove Concerts and at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
There are also second, third and fourth prizes of £3000, £1500, and £500, while the Sir John Manduell Prize of £1000 is awarded for best performance in the preliminary round.
The Bromsgrove Competition was conceieved in 1960 and its Young Musicians platform launched in 1981 by Mary White MBE and Donald Hunt OBE.
The competition itself was established as a charity in 2013 under the chairmanship of His Honour Ian Morris, a retired judge – and is supported by Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) and the Helen Rachael Mackaness Trust (HRMT).
This Sunday’s Finalists Concert takes place at 7pm. Tickets – which include a complimentary glass of wine and a free souvenir programme will be available at the door and from the competition website.
Visit www.bromsgrovecompetition.com for more information.