The Love Music Trust is delighted to present the 2021 Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year! This year the competition will be held virtually, with all submitted entries featured in a celebratory online concert on the evening of Saturday 20th March.

The competition is open to all pupils who attend school or are resident within Cheshire East, and the cost of entry is only £5.00. Cash bursaries are available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from ten classes (below).

Instrumental Vocal
Key Stage 1 (School years 1 - 2) Key Stage 1 (School years 1 - 2)
Key Stage 2 (School years 3 - 6) Key Stage 2 (School years 3 - 6)
Key Stage 3 (School years 7 -9)  Key Stage 3 (School years 7 -9) 
Key Stage 4 (School years 10 - 11)  Key Stage 4 (School years 10 - 11) 
Key Stage 5 (School years 12 - 13) Key Stage 5 (School years 12 - 13)

Entries are limited to 20 per category; any additional entries will go onto a waiting list. Everyone who enters will receive feedback from the judges and the winners will be announced at the end of the streamed concert on Saturday 20th March.

The judging criteria can be viewed here.

You should prepare and perform one piece of music lasting no longer than 5 minutes. This can be with or without accompaniment.

How to enter

1. Complete online registration form.

2. Record your submission. Remember these five golden rules in order to produce a good quality recording:

  • Record your video horizontally (phone on the side)
  • Make sure you have a suitable background and that your head is not cut off!
  • Wait about 5 seconds after starting the video before playing and also wait 5 seconds after finishing playing. This will make sure your whole performance is captured.
  • Watch your video back before submitting to make sure you are happy with it and your performance can be heard clearly.
  • Enjoy the experience!

3. Submit your video by Monday 22nd February; the registration form will provide you with instructions on how to do this.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entries!