The 2018 Competition

This Competition is held in November every year at:

Christ Church, 2 Quay Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. YO15 2AP.

Heats Saturday 10th November 2018. Final Saturday 17th November 2018

Enquiries to:

The Festival Director Tel: 01262 404100 or


Brief introduction to the 2018 Competition.

This competition is for all ages and for all levels of ability. So don’t be afraid to enter your entry will be most welcome and you will receive our support and encouragement. This year we have introduced a beginners class for those just learning to play their chosen instrument. 


Candidates are able to perform a piece(s) of their own choice on their preferred instrument and in a musical style in which they are most confident.

The competition now has six age categories. Further information by downloading the Competition Brochure on the “How to Enter” page. This has lots of information about the entry classes and a entry form.

The Open Class is designed for those over 18 and those who may be under 18 but attending full-time specialist music school/college.

Prizes sponsors include: Friends of the East Riding Orchestras, The Rotary Club of Bridlington and Bridlington Town Council. We are also pleased to announce that Hornsea Music Society will be including in their 2018/2019 programme a special concert in which a number of the finalists will be invited to take part.

East Coast Musician of the Year Competition 2018

More information:
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. 

1. Competition Entry Class

There are six classes of entry based on age. The classes of entry for 2018 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 2017 competition they will have qualified to move up to the next class for the 2018 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.
The person chosen as the “East Coast Musician of the Year” in a particular year can take part in the competition the following year and will be invited to give an exhibition performance subject to winning the Open Class but cannot be selected as “Musician of the Year” in that year. The year after they will once again become eligible. This ensures that no candidate can win the competition two years in succession.

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

The final performance concert for 2018 will take place on Saturday 17th November. This will be an afternoon event commencing at 3:00pm. 
 The presentations to the winners of each class and the announcement of the overall winner will take place at the conclusion of the concert. 
Candidates selected to take part in the final may play the same pieces as they played in the heats.
The final will also include performance by one of the local bands or orchestras. This will be announced later.

5. The Judges

The judges for the 201 competition are:

Andrew Penny OBE – Musical Director Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr Elaine King – University of Hull
David Taylor – Founder and CEO Yorkshire Young Sinfonia                              Dr Carl Vincent –Principal Lecturer in Classical Music/Curriculum Coordinator

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 2018 Competition

Heats for the Competition: Saturday 10th November commence at 10:00am to 6:00pm. Times for each entry class vary throughout the day. Candidates are informed of their time slot so they are not required to be their all day.
Final Musician of the Year Competition: Saturday 17th November 3:00pm.

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. 
The final closing date will be Monday 30th October 2018.

Entry Fee

Entry Class Early Entry Normal Fee
Beginners FREE FREE
10 and Under £9.00 £12.00
12 and Under £9.00 £12.00
14 and Under £10.00 £14.00
16 and Under £10.00 £14.00
18 and Under £12.00 £16.00
Open Class £12.00 £16.00


9. Awards

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 2017 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 £100.00
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.

Further information

Questions or queries from teachers and candidates are welcomed. Please contact the Festival Director.