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Essex Young Musician of the Year

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The John Lill Awards

The 2020 competition will take place on Sunday 5th July in the Budworth Hall, Ongar. The First Round will start mid-morning and the Final Round will start at 6:30pm. Details of the prizes and awards can be found further down this page. Following the conclusion of the First Round, up to five Finalists will be announced at approximately 5:30pm.

Details of the adjudicating panel will be announced in due course. The official accompanying pianist is Joanna Smith.

Full details are printed in the Competition Prospectus which is now available online by following the link below. This will provide you with all the necessary information about the competition.

If you experience any difficulties, you can request help from administrator@ongarmusicclub.org.uk

It is particularly important that potential applicants download the Competition Prospectus and thoroughly read the Competition Requirements and the Conditions of Entry. Submitting your entry will be your acceptance of both of these.


CLICK HERE to download the CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (these are printed in the Prospectus)

The closing date is 31st May 2020. As numbers are limited, entries will be accepted in order of receipt.

CLICK HERE to go to the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM, using the password EYM84

PICTURED TOP: Essex Young Musician of the Year 2019 • Finalists

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The competition ...

The Competition was established in 1984 through the enthusiasm of key members of Ongar Music Club. It aims to support and encourage young Essex musicians of talent and potential, who will enjoy competing and performing in a welcoming, pleasant environment. Past prize winners have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers.

The Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition is open to instrumentalists and singers aged 25 or under who were born, educated or currently reside in Essex. John Lill CBE, the distinguished Essex-born pianist and President of Ongar Music Club, has generously agreed to Awards in his name being presented to the finalists in this annual competition.


The winner of the competition will receive a  prize of £1,000, the John Lill Awards Trophy (opposite) to hold for one year and the offer of a recital for Ongar Music Club.

Other prizes will be awarded, totalling more than £1,000. Many of these have been bequeathed or donated by longstanding supporters of this competition and Ongar Music Club.

Two further prizes of will be awarded to the two candidates under 19, not already prizewinners in the current competition, who have given the most outstanding performances in their age group.

Full details of the prizes and jury will be announced in early June.

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Past winners ...

Anthony Marwood violin, Alison Baker piano, Jane Webster soprano, Pauline Dowse cello, Helen Knief viola, Gregory Bennett Walmsley cello, Nikos Zarb viola, Zoë Mather piano, Sarah Barnes cello, Siân Philipps violin, Rachel Barnes bassoon, James Scannell saxophone, Joseph Tong piano, Anthony Woollard cello,, Tammy Se violin, Clive Carroll guitar, Janey Miller oboe, Jane Stoneham marimba, Thomas Oxley bassoon, Benjamin Grosvenor piano, Victoria Goldsmith violin, Suzanne Thorn oboe, Sophie Biebuyck soprano, Timothy Wayne-Wright counter-tenor, Tamsin Thorn bassoon, Joanna Marie Skillett soprano, Sarah-Jane Lewis mezzo-soprano, Matthew Lewis trombone, Matthew Paris double-bass, Rebecca Leung piano, William Knight clarinet, Elodie Chousmer-Howelles violin, Rebecca Silverman soprano, Kayleigh McEvoy soprano, Jamie Cochrane piano, Michael Lafferty baritone

Pictured: Michael Lafferty, Essex Young Musician of the Year, 2019