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About the competition

St Albans Cathedral Music Trust is pleased to invite local pupils to take part in the seventh Young Musicians Competition 2018. The competition gives students a unique performance opportunity along with the chance to win £100.  Building on the success of the 2017 Competition, which attracted over 150 students from the St Albans area, we are inviting students or teachers to enter the competition by uploading a short sound file by Friday 2 February 2018.

Entry is free and students can enter the competition under a number of categories, including vocal ensemble, strings, brass, wind and soloist.

Entrants will be short-listed and successful musicians invited to take part in the Finals Competition which takes place in the Cathedral’s stunning Nave on Sunday 25 February 2018.  The 2018 Competition will follow the same format as last year, with the primary school categories performing during the first half of the afternoon followed by the secondary school categories.


Peter Davis

Adjudicator for 2018 Competition Finals – Peter Davis

Peter Davis has been Director of Music at Oakham School since 2005, where he heads up one of the country’s leading school music departments. He was educated as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, and holds a first-class degree in Music from Cambridge University, where he spent three years as organ scholar with St John’s College’s renowned Chapel Choir. He has devoted the bulk of his professional career to music education, but still performs regularly as an organ recitalist and piano accompanist, as well as being a published composer and arranger. He is committed to supporting music education and music-making throughout Rutland, and serves as chair of Rutland Music (the county music hub) and vice-chair of Arts for Rutland.

Previous competitions have been judged by leading musicians including Delia Meehan (distinguished local musician), Professor Timothy Blinko (University of Hertfordshire), Robert Max (a finalist in the BBC Young Musicians competition in 1984), Dawn Thomas Wallis (gospel singer) and Peter Hewitt (CE at Benslow Music Trust).




For details of previous competition winners please click on the following links:

Click here for a list of all the competition winners

Click here for photos from previous competitions


More information about the Music Trust can be found at www.stalbanscathedral.org/music/musictrust/
or by emailing the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust – music-trust@stalbanscathedral.org