2019 Application for Awards
YMS funds are available to help young people (under 19 on 1st September 2018) currently in full time education and at school in North Devon. The fund is for promising young classical musicians, particularly those from families who are financially disadvantaged.
Notes for Candidates, Parents, Guardians and Teachers
Awards are intended to support musical development by contributing towards the cost of tuition, the purchase of instruments and so on. It is not necessary for the student to have taken formal graded exams although he or she should have been learning for at least a year. The teacher will be asked to confirm the student’s enthusiasm, aptitude and potential as well as their ability and commitment.
- The closing date for applications is 19th February 2019.
- Teacher’s references should be received no later than 2nd March.
- Auditions will be held at West Buckland School on Saturday 9th March 2019.
Candidates at Grade 1 and 2 standard will not be auditioned.
Candidates who have achieved Grade 3 or above in their principal instrument will receive an invitation to audition at West Buckland School on Saturday 9th March 2019.
The audition itself will take 10-15 minutes according to grade. Candidates will be asked to perform two short pieces, including an accompanied piece if appropriate. They may also be asked to play scales etc at their grade level. An accompanist will be available on the day and the candidate will need to supply the music in advance. Teachers are most welcome to attend and to accompany if this is preferred.
The auditioning panel will comprise three noted local musicians, led by YMS President, Ambrose Miller. They will be looking for real potential and/or outstanding ability, together with enthusiasm and a broader interest in classical music beyond the chosen instrument. It is important that the candidate’s teacher or referee can confirm these attributes.
Whilst the student is auditioning, the parent(s) or guardian will be invited to discuss the student’s specific needs with members of the YMS Committee. No documents are required but please be prepared to talk about financial matters. Applications for awards are dealt with in the strictest confidence. No information provided to YMS will be disclosed to any other person or organisation
You will be notified of the result by e-mail or post within a week or so of the audition. The award may be paid in two instalments to aid YMS cash flow. In the event that no award is made, YMS will make a contribution towards the expense of attending the audition.
The financial award is only one aspect of the YMS scheme which aims to develop the awardees' broader experience through attendance at concerts, opportunities to perform and participation in workshops and masterclasses. Awardees are expected to get involved in these activities and payment of this or subsequent awards may reflect the degree of commitment shown through the year.