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About the competition

St Albans Cathedral Music Trust is pleased to invite local pupils to take part in Ninth Young Musicians Competition 2020. The competition gives students a unique performance opportunity along with the chance to win cash prizes.  Building on the success of the 2019 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 Monday 10 February 2020.

Entry is free and students can enter the competition under a number of categories, including Instrumental Ensembles, Vocal Ensembles, Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, Pop Groups, and as a Soloist in Strings, Brass, Wind, Percussion, Organ and Piano.

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 1 March 2020.  The 2020 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.


Derek Harrison

Derek Harrison

The Adjudicator for the 2020 Competition Finals is Derek Harrison.

Derek enjoys an interesting life in music; mainly now as a conductor, singer and organist.  He has been MD of the Hertford Choral Society for many years. He also directs other choirs including church choirs, chamber choirs and a community chorus. He has directed four performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London with 700+ Hertfordshire singers in Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts.

Derek’s career began as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. Later he was Organ Scholar at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, gaining a music degree and FRCO. For many years after that, Derek was the main singer (and bass rebec player) with the St George’s Canzona – a small group that specialised in Medieval and early Renaissance music.  With that group, Derek recorded for many of the major labels in the UK as well as in concerts in and around London. 

Derek was an examiner for ABRSM and in recent years has returned to organ playing – for services and occasional recitals. He is also a Lay Clerk here at the Cathedral.



Click here for a list of all the competition winners


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