Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians’ Competition


Martin James Bartlett and Akito Goto with the
Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

The WMSO Young Musicians’ Competition takes place every October at St. Piran’s School, Maidenhead. It is open to young musicians who have reached Grade 8 standard or higher and are aged 19 years or under on the date of the competition and attracts competitors of a high musical standard. The competition is open to players resident in the UK or in one of the Twin towns of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Competitors are required to perform a twelve minute programme consisting of one work or two short works before a panel of three adjudicators. The winner will, if appropriate, be given the opportunity to perform a concerto with Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.

The next competition will be held on Sunday 9th October 2022.and the closing date for entries is Friday 16th September. You can download an application form here



2019 Competitors


Fangwei Zhao, Winner

The most recent WMSO Young Musicians’ Competition took place on Sunday 13th October 2019, at St. Piran’s School, Maidenhead. There were eight competitors aged from 14 to 19, both from the local area and from further afield. As in previous years the Competition proved to be a most fascinating musical experience, the standard of playing being exceptionally high. Each entrant played a short recital before an appreciative audience. The panel of three adjudicators consisted of Leon Gee, the conductor of the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, Robert Roscoe the Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra, and the pianist Nigel Wilkinson.

The first place was awarded to the 19 year old pianist Fangwei Zhao, a student at the Royal Northern College of music, for her exceptional playing. Second place was awarded to the 15 year old violinist Yinong, Xiao who currently attends the Purcell School of Music. Third place was awarded to Andrea Lam who is a music scholar at Wellington College. As the prize for winning the competition Fangwei will play a concerto with the orchestra during the 2020 –2021 season.

The Orchestra is most grateful to Handel Pianos Ltd. of Sunningdale who kindly sponsored the event by providing the grand piano and to both the Louis Baylis Trust and the Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation for their generous sponsorship.

Our next competition will be held on Sunday 9th October 2022.