Date and time
  • Sun 5 July 2020 / 10:00am - 6:30pm
Price See booking link
Venue Budworth Hall, High Street Ongar, Essex. CM5 9JG

The Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition was established in 1984 through the enthusiasm of key members of Ongar Music Club.

It aims to support and encourage young Essex musicians of talent and potential, who will enjoy competing and performing in a welcoming, pleasant environment.  Past prize winners have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers.

John Lill CBE. the distinguished Essex-born pianist and Ongar Music Club president, has generously supported the competition and has consented to the awards being in his name.

ENTRY IS NOW OPEN to singers and *instrumentalists aged 25 or under on the 5 July 2020 and who have their home address, or, attend school or were born in Essex.

ENTRIES CLOSE on 31 May 2020

TO APPLY  please click the BOOK NOW link below.

PRIZES – the winner will receive £1,000.00, the John Lill Awards trophy and the offer of a recital for the Ongar Music Club.

Other prizes totalling more that £1,000

The whole event is open to the public with the Finals presented as a concert and the awards being given at the end of the evening.


Anthony Marwood, violin, Alison Baker, piano, Jane Webster, soprano, Pauline Dowse, cello, Helen Knief, viola,  Gregory Bennett Walmsley, cello, Nikos Zarb, viola, Zoë Mather, piano, Sarah Barnes, cello, Siân Philipps, violin,  Rachel Barnes, bassoon, James Scannell, saxophone, Joseph Tong, piano, Anthony Woollard, cello,  Tammy Se, violin, Clive Carroll, guitar, Janey Miller, oboe, Jane Stoneham, marimba, Thomas Oxley, bassoon, Benjamin Grosvenor, piano, Victoria Goldsmith, violin, Suzanne Thorn, oboe, Sophie Biebuyck, soprano, Timothy Wayne-Wright, counter-tenor, Tamsin Thorn, bassoon, Joanna Marie Skillett, soprano, Sarah-Jane Lewis, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Lewis, trombone, Matthew Paris double, bass, Rebecca Leung, piano, William Knight, clarinet, Elodie Chousmer-Howelles, violin, Rebecca Silverman, soprano, Kayleigh McEvoy, soprano.

*not organists, unfortunately, due to the lack of a suitable instrument.