The Winchester Young Soloist Competition is now a regular part of the orchestra's programme. It takes place every two years, and provides an opportunity for young instrumentalists in secondary education in Hampshire and resident in the UK to perform a full concerto of their choice with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra at a concert in July. 

There are cash prizes for all finalists, and the winner also receives the trophy donated by our sponsor Bargate Homes

Candidates, with the endorsement of their teachers or music departments, are invited to apply for the first round, in which they are asked to play one movement of a concerto with piano accompaniment. Three finalists are selected, who then rehearse with the orchestra for the final public concert. 

Jenny Whitby holding the Bargate Homes trophy in 2014Finalists so far have been:


Ben Upfold
Rosauro Marimba Concerto
Emma Paterson
Mozart Violin Concerto no. 3
Patrick Friend
Horovitz Euphonium Concerto
Sophie Osborne
Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 1



Matthew Lloyd-Wilson
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Luke Roberts
Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
Nick Budd
Hummel Trumpet Concerto

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Jenny Whitby
Nielsen Flute Concerto
Matthew Crisp
Bruch Violin Concerto
Michael Huang
Elgar Cello Concerto 

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