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Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition

An opportunity to perform a full-length concerto with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.

Held in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Music Service, the Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition takes place every other year and offers the county’s most talented young musicians the opportunity to win a cash prize and a solo concerto performance with the County Youth Orchestra.

Your time to shine

About the Junior Concerto Competition

The Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition is held every other year in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Music Service, alternating with the Senior Competition, and is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to gain invaluable performance experience as soloists. 

After an audition process, three finalists proceed to perform one movement each from a concerto of their choice with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. The winner, selected by our panel, will perform a full concerto with the County Youth Orchestra in the second half of the final the following year. Both the winner and runner-up will also be awarded a cash prize. 

How to apply

Applicants to the Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition must be at least Grade 8 standard, and be residents or students in Oxfordshire, in full time secondary education or on a gap year following A-levels. For the 2022/23 competition, applicants must be aged 19 or under on 31 August 2023. 

Applications open at the beginning of every other academic year. When applications are open, complete the form at the bottom of the page to apply. If your application is successful, you will be invited to audition in front of our panel. 

Please note that previous winners of the Junior Concerto Competition may not enter again.

Applications for the next Junior Concerto Competition will open in 2022. 

Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition

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