East Coast Musician of the Year 2016May 24th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou
The East Coast Musician of the Year Competition attracts both able students and those in the early stage of their musical development giving the competition its unique status within the regions musical calendar. It enjoys the support of the regions Music Teachers, Schools, Colleges,Local Authorities Music Service Departments and regional orchestras.
This competition is designed to suit all ages and musical abilities from beginners to advanced players. Candidates play an instrument of their choice and choose their own music which they are confident to perform. This is a very friendly competition and you will receive some encouraging comments from our judges to help improve your performance. So if this is your first time you have entered we will be pleased to see you and of course we welcome back those who have taken part in previous years. We have introduced a number of changes for the 2016 competition in order to give the competition a much wider appeal to students/competitors.
1. New Competition Entry Class
The 18 and under class has attracted a wide range of students having differing musical abilities. This has favoured the older age entries. We have therefore decided to introduce a new class for the 16 and under age group. So if you 15 or 16 this is the class for you.
The classes of entry for 2016 will be:
10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, 18 and under and an Open Class (for all ages).
2. Elevation to Higher Class Regardless of Age.
if a candidate has won an age class in the 2015 competition they will have qualified to move up to the next class for the 2016 competition even if, by age, they would normally qualify to remain in their age class. This new rule means that new entrants and previous entrants who still qualify for an age class should have a greater chance of getting a place in the final. If in doubt, please check with the Festival Director.
A previous outright winner of the competition (The East Coast Musician of the Year) chosen by the judges from the winners of each class, regardless of their age class will automatically qualify for the Open Class.
3. Choice of Instrument, Music and Time Allowed for Performance
Candidates are free to perform music on the instrument/voice of their choice to suit their own ability. So, for example, if you are a brass, woodwind, percussion, string, keyboard, piano, organ, guitar, recorder player or a singer you can enter this competition. Also, there are no restrictions on the type of music you can play so if your preference is, for example, classical, light classical, contemporary, jazz, baroque, popular music then you can enter this competition.
The performance time guideline for each entry class is as follows:
10 and under 4 minutes, 12 and under 5 minutes, 14 and under 6 minutes, 16 and under 8 minutes, 18 and under 10 minutes, Open Class 12 minutes.
Please note: Candidates must provide their own accompanists. In certain circumstances backing tracks are allowed. Please check with Festival Director. A Yamaha Grand piano is available for pianist entering the competition and for accompanists. A warmup room is also available.
4. Changes to the Arrangements for the Final
Two years ago we split the final into two distinct concerts with the junior section in the afternoon and the senior section in the evening. The consensus is that this reduced the audiences to both sections. Also, it has the disadvantage that students/candidates who travel by rail or coach to take part were having difficult getting home. We understand this is putting some off from entering the competition. So this year we wish to revert back to the final being one event but starting at 3:00pm with a short interval of 20 minutes at approximately 4:15pm. The presentations to the winners of each class and the announcement of the overall winner will take place at the conclusion of the concert. This new arrangement means we should be through by 7:30pm allowing those taking part and the audience to get home in a reasonable time.
Candidates selected to take part in the final may play the same pieces as they played in the heats.
Once again the East Riding Schools' Senior Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the final.
5. The Judges
The judges for the 2016 competition are:
Andrew Penny OBE. Musical Director Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr Robin Tait. ABRSM Examiner
Dr Elaine King. University of Hull
Written feed back will be available for all candidates taking part in the heats. The selection of candidates going forward to the final will be announced at the end of each class. The judges' decision is final.
6. The Venue for the Competition.
The venue for the competition will be as previous years.
Christ Church, 2 Quay Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. YO15 2AP
(There is a public car park opposite the church, the railway station is 5 minutes walk away).
7. Dates and Times for the 2016 Competition
Heats for the Competition: Saturday 12 November commence at 10:00am to 6:00pm. Times for each entry class vary throughout the day.
Final Musician of the Year Competition Saturday 19th November 3:00pm - 7:30pm
8. Entry Fee and Dates for Entry
Our policy is to keep the entry fee as low as possible to encourage candidates to take part in the competition. With this in mind our entry fees for 2016 will remain the same as 2015. (See entry form over for details). We will continue to offer an early entry discount for students who enter the competition before the 31st August 2016.
The final closing date will be Monday 24 October 2016.
In the past we have been fortunate to secure sponsorship for the prize fund and we will be endeavouring to do the same for the 2016 competition. Certificates will be awarded to all candidates, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Winners of each class will also receive a cheque for:
10 and Under £50.00, 12 and Under £50.00, 14 and Under £75.00, 16 and under £100.00, 18 and under £100, Open Class £150.00.
10. Geographic Restriction
While the majority of candidates reside or attend schools or colleges in East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the cities of Hull, York and Leeds there are no geographic restriction for candidates wishing to enter the competition. So no matter where you live in the UK or attend a school or college in the UK you may apply to enter this competition.
10. Further information
Questions or queries from teachers and candidates are welcomed. Please contact the Festival Director.
Tel: 01262 401400.