2020 Finalists with Adjudicator Richard Yarr, Denis Boyd (President of the Rotary Club of Comber), sponsor representatives Michael Kerr and Kerry Stafford

Northern Ireland Young Musician Competition

Welcome to the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year competition. This prestigious competition provides young performers, both instrumental and vocal, with an opportunity to display their musical talents in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. For many of our contestants, it has provided a valuable stepping-stone to a career in music. Please take time to explore the website, and read about the experiences of previous winners, and what the competition has meant to them.

What the competition offers:

  • 1st, 2nd and runner-up prizes to the value of £500, £200 and £150 respectively.
  • At the adjudicator's discretion, a special prize for the most promising entrant who is under 16 on the day of the competition.
  • A written adjudication from an experienced professional musician for all entrants.
  • Further performance opportunities for the finalists, organised by Comber Rotary.
  • A post-competition master class organised for finalists.
  • Significant media opportunities for the winner.
  • The opportunity for the winner to progress to the Rotary International Britain & Ireland National Young Musician competition.

"Winning this competition has been the fulfilment of a dream come true. It was my third time trying to achieve such a prestigious award and to have finally done so means the world to me."

(Gráinne White)

"I’m grateful for the experience of playing in the NI Young Musician competition, seeing it as a valuable stepping stone in my musical career."

(Tom Myles)

"Winning in 2015 has certainly changed my life for the better."

(Cathryn Lynch)

"Winning the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year competition really increased my confidence in performance and inspired me to pursue a career in music."

(Eva Richards)

"Winning the competition was hugely encouraging and I feel it really spurred me on to continue with pursuing a life in music. For that, to the competition, I am very grateful."

(Sean Morgan-Rooney)