All instrumentalists in secondary education in Hampshire and resident in the UK are invited to apply to become WSO Young Soloist 2020.

The Winchester Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition was created to provide an opportunity for young musicians to experience performing with a full-size symphony orchestra and to develop their musicianship, while competing for a trophy and small prizes.  The competition first took place in 2014, and every two years subsequently. 

The 2020 competition will follow a similar format, as detailed below:

First Round: Sunday 26th January 2020

Entrants are required to play one movement from a concerto of their choice in the First Round. All performers should be accompanied on the piano. An accompanist will be available if needed.

Three finalists will be chosen for the Final Round.

Final: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Each finalist will be required to play a complete concerto, which may be the same as the First Round or a different one by agreement with the orchestra.

Before the final, each performer will be invited to a two-hour rehearsal with the orchestra on a Monday in June and to a full run-through on Tuesday 7th July.

The Final will be held in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, accompanied by the Winchester Symphony Orchestra.

To enter the 2020 competition, fill in the form below, or at