Bromsgrove Young  Musicians Platform

Platform Rules 2018

Junior Section:
First Prize £750; Second Prize £400
Senior Section: First Prize £1,000; Second Prize £400

See Rule 18 (below) for information about how they will be given.


1. The Competition is open to musicians aged 9-17. See rules for eligibility; organists are at present excluded. Applications are only accepted from singers within the Senior Section (age 14-17) – see Rule 2.

2. There are two sections in the Competition: a Junior Section and a Senior Section. Applicants for the Junior Section must be at least 9 and no older than 13 on 1st May 2018, and for the Senior Section at least 14 and no older than 17 on 1st May 2018. They must be resident in or in full time education in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire or Herefordshire or in the West Midlands inside a radius of 30 miles of the centre of Bromsgrove.

3. All instruments used must be completely acoustic (not electronic) and the use of backing tracks is not permitted.

4. The 2018 Competition will be held as follows: the Audition rounds will be on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 2018, with the Finalists' rehearsal and Concert on Saturday 24th February 2018.


5. Applications should be completed online or submitted by post to The Bromsgrove Young Musicians Platform, c/o Alison Webber, MFG Solicitors, 1 High St, Bromsgrove B61 8AJ. Applications must be received no later than 16.00 hours on Sunday 21st January 2018. The Trustees acting through their Music Manager may accept or reject applications at their discretion.

6. Proof of age must be submitted with your application by post or by e-mail. This can either be a copy of a birth certificate, passport, or ID card. See the Application Form.

7. Applicants for the Junior Section must have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 4.

8. Applicants for the Senior Section must have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 6.

9. Applicants are required to submit a list in the Application Form of not more than three pieces they wish to play during the Competition. Those pieces should be of contrasting styles and periods. All music chosen is subject to approval by the Music Manager. From your list you will need to be able to select programmes that comply with the following time limits:

Audition Round – not more than 7 minutes.
Finalists’ Concert – 10 minutes

It is imperative for competitors to keep to these time limits.

10. Competitors must provide the Music Manager on the day (not before) of their audition and performance in the Finalists’ Concert (if selected) with a score (including accompaniment) of each piece of music to be performed in that round. For the avoidance of doubt, it is the competitor’s personal responsibility to ensure that there is no infringement of copyright in the submission and/or use of any photocopy.

11. The list of music the competitor wishes to perform in the Competition must be entered on the Application Form. However, competitors may alter items if the Music Manager is informed no later than 24 hours before the date of the audition or date of the Finalists' Concert.

12. Competitors are expected to provide their own accompanist.

13. Competitors will be advised shortly after the closing date for entries whether they have been accepted for the Auditions and the date and time of their performance in that round. The playing order of competitors will be determined by the Music Manager.

14. Competitors must arrive at least 30 minutes before their allocated performance time for the Audition. If selected for the Finalists rehearsal and Concert again they must arrive at least 30 minutes before their allocated times. They must notify their arrival to the Music Manager. The auditions and the finalists rehearsals and concert will be held at The Routh Concert Hall, Bromsgrove School, Worcester Rd, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7DU.

15. Competitors must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.

16. Competitors and their parent/guardian accept that by entry to the competition they unconditionally agree that their competition performance(s) may be recorded or broadcast in any media form by the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform acting on behalf of The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition for use at the Trustees' discretion wholly or in part, without payment of any fee to the competitor or their parent/guardian, to promote the Competition and/or to raise funds to support the Competition. Copyright in such recordings shall be the intellectual property of The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition.

17. As a matter of custom and rule no First Prize Winner may enter the Competition again in the subsequent year.

18. Prize monies will be paid for the furtherance of the winner’s musical education and for no other purpose. The monies may for example be used to pay in whole or in part for additional lessons from an accredited teacher*, the purchase of an instrument, and/or the purchase of musical scores. Such monies will only be paid direct to the accredited teacher and/or supplier(s) and not to the competitor or parent/guardian.

*Accredited music teachers – to be an accredited music teacher for the purpose of this Rule the particular teacher must have the following qualifications and/or experience
– a degree or diploma in music from an established recognised educational institution and/or
– be currently employed either full time or regularly as a instrumentalist teacher by a City or County Music Service or Trust providing public music services in a particular area and/or
- be currently employed either full time or regularly as a performer by a recognised professional music ensemble.

If there is any doubt whether a teacher nominated to receive prize monies is an accredited teacher under this Rule, you should send his or her CV including qualifications and contact details to the Music Manager, who will make a final decision.

19. The Trustees of the Bromsgrove International Music Competition reserve the right to amend any of these rules without notice.

20. In the case of any difficulty that a potential competitor may have in meeting the requirements of the rules they should contact the Music Manager.


The 2019 Platform takes place between 21st to 23rd February 2019 in Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School. Please read on to find out how you can compete or join us in the audience to support our young musicians.

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