Date and time
  • Sun 4 July 2021 / 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Price See booking link
Venue TBC

The John Lill Awards for the Essex Young Musician of the Year 2021

Ongar Music Club is delighted to announce the 2021 Essex Young Musician of the Year competition. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, this will be held in two rounds – the first being by way of a single, unedited video recording. Successful candidates will proceed to the final round on Sunday the 4th July at 2:00pm. This will take the form of either an online concert with a further video submission ir, if permitted, a live concert to be held in Ongar.

If the final round is online, the performances will be presented in a ‘Zoom’ meeting for candidates and adjudicators. Members of the public will be able to purchase access to the final round. All candidates will receive a written report on their performances.

Full details of the competition are in the new prospectus which you can download by CLICKING HERE.The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2021.

If you need any further information, please contact the administrator, Roderick Elms, who will be pleased to help:

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 26 or under on the 4 July 2021 and who have their home address, or, attend school or were born in Essex (including the old Essex towns of Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford).

ENTRIES CLOSE on 31 May 2021

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.


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.

Text for above taken from EYM website