Sherborne Young Musician of the Year FINALS

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year FINALS

Sherborne Abbey Festival is a proud supporter of Sherborne Young Musician of the Year. It is just one of the ways we give back to the community and to young musical talent.

Do join us on 19th May at the Finalists Concert and award ceremony.

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year 2018

Sherborne Abbey Festival is delighted to be supporting this event once again.

Competitions will take place during the day on 19th May, with the final concert performance and selection of Young Musician of the Year taking place during the evening.

Closing Date for applications: 31st January 2018

Classes: Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Piano and Voice

Eligibility: You must be resident, or in full time education, within Sherborne’s urban or rural area.

Age: Participants must be in school years 7 – 10 on 1st July 2018

Qualification: You should have achieved at least ABRSM grade 4 or equivalent. You must submit a copy of your certificate or a letter from your teacher saying that you are of the appropriate standard, together with the application form.

Registration fee: Registration is FREE.

Prizes and Awards: There will be certificates and a cash prize for each discipline winner, plus a trophy and additional cash prize for the Sherborne Young Musician of the Year. Participants must be available to take part in the judging round and finalists concert on 19th May 2018.

Performance location: Sherborne School Music department and Tindall Hall, Sherborne School.

Performance Requirements: One or more pieces can be played within the time allowed to show the range and quality of your ability. Copies of the music must be made available for the adjudicators.

Competition Round: max. 10 minutes | Final: max. 15 minutes, the 5 class winners.
You will be notified of performance times and precise location.

Please provide your own accompanist. (However if you require us to provide an accompanist, on the 19th only, there will be an additional charge of £20. Music sent one month before).

Download Sherborne Young Musician of the Year application form


Douzelage International Young Musician Festival in France
For young musicians in school years 11 – 13 (5th form – upper 6th form), or age up to 18 on 30th Oct. 2017 there is a separate opportunity to apply for a scholarship to take part in the “Douzelage Young Musician Festival” 1st – 6th July, in Granville, France representing Sherborne and playing with young musicians from other European towns.

For more information visit:


Sherborne Douzelage is very grateful to all of these organisations for their donations and for the support that they are providing to make the Young Musician project a success:

Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Compton Pianos
Duo Teresa Carreño
The Eastbury Hotel (Three Wishes)
Old Fosterians Association
Sherborne Abbey Festival
Sherborne Arts Link
Simon Digby Charitable Trust
Simon Digby (Sherborne) Memorial Trust
Sherborne Kitchens
Wessex Strings
Wessex Music
Castle Gardens
Riley’s Cycles
Aviation Training International


Sherborne Young Musician 2016

Sherborne Young Musician 2016

Sherborne Abbey Festival is proud to be supporting SHERBORNE YOUNG MUSICIAN 2016

Following the success of the Sherborne Young Musician and the M4EU programme in Sherborne in 2014, Sherborne Douzelage and Sherborne Abbey Festival, in conjunction with Sherborne Schools, are organising the event again in 2016.

Applications close on 31st January.

For more information download the M4EU Brochure

Young Musician 2016

Sherborne Girls pop up at Waitrose

Sherborne Girls pop up at Waitrose

Community support from Waitrose as Sherborne Girls’ ‘pop up orchestra’ delights shoppers

On Saturday shoppers were treated to an unexpected ‘pop up orchestra’ organised by musicians from Sherborne Girls. The pupils played a variety of arrangements in the sunshine outside the Waitrose store in Sherborne and then took a break while John Baker of Sherborne Abbey Festival was presented a cheque from Waitrose for £2000.  Waitrose is a supporter of the Festival through its Community Matters central fund and this is the second year it has supported the town’s award-winning annual musical event.

Festival Director, John Baker, said “We are so grateful to Waitrose for supporting the Festival for a second year.  As a volunteer-run charitable event, we could not put on a festival of such high quality – with 70% of all performances free entry – if it was not for the generous support of our sponsors”.

Sherborne Girls String Quartet and Madrigal Society will be performing on Tuesday 5th May as part of the Festival – both events FREE ENTRY.


Waitrose Community Matters



Dominican Convent School Choir to launch Festival

Dominican Convent School Choir to launch Festival

Get a flavour of the Dominican Convent School Choir, who have traveled all the way from Johannesburg and will be launching the Festival with a performance in Sherborne Abbey at 11am on Friday 1st May. Here’s their latest UK Tour images on Flickr

Arrive early to secure a good seat for what promises to be an outstanding event!

VOCES8 to visit Sherborne Abbey Primary School

VOCES8 to visit Sherborne Abbey Primary School

It has been announced that VOCES8, performers at this year’s Sherborne Abbey Festival and world-renowned British vocal ensemble, are paying a special visit to the pupils of Sherborne Abbey Primary School on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th May.  They will spend workshop time with pupils in advance of their much-anticipated Sherborne Abbey performance of ‘Devotions’ later that evening.

VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups in the world. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. Pupils at Sherborne Abbey Primary will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the VOCES8 ‘Method’ – a unique and ground-breaking teaching tool written by Paul Smith and designed for students of all ages. The Method is an engaging programme designed to enhance development in numeracy, literacy and linguistics – using music and performance as its inspiration.

The ensemble is passionate about music education – VOCES8 is part of the VCM Foundation, a registered charity that has received praise from UNESCO and invested more than £1 million in music education in the UK alone.

Festival Director, John Baker, said “The Festival has always had a commitment to local schools and music scholars and we’re delighted to support this visit to Sherborne Abbey Primary School.  We are sure pupils will be inspired and delighted by the opportunity to learn from such accomplished performers as VOCES8”.

With an ongoing programme of recordings and live broadcast, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including MPR, the BBC and Classic FM.  The ensemble is also a Decca Classics Artist and its last two albums ‘Eventide’ and ‘Lux’ went straight to the top of the Classical Charts on their release.

VOCES8 will also be hosting inspiring music-making workshops and master classes at Milton Abbey Summer School later this year.

See VOCES8 in Sherborne Abbey on Tuesday 5th May for their performance of ‘Devotions

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