For a musician there is nothing quite like the experience of playing solo with an orchestra. For many reasons one may have to wait a long time for this opportunity to arise, but when it does, it is truly thrilling With a very innovative idea in mind the YMC Concerto Prize aims to bring the chance to play with an orchestra to our students at a radically early stage in their musical lives and I hope that as many of you as possible will embrace this unique event. The classes and repertoire have been structured to ensure that as many children as possible can take part at their appropriate level and therefore we are expecting a high standard in each group. If you play a string instrument at YMC, but also learn a wind instrument (or vice versa), you are allowed to enter on both. The concerto prize is open to all instrumentalists at YMC and this year also to any students of YMC teachers. YMC will invite leading musicians to be the judges for the violin, viola/cello, wind and recorder class, so please do bring friends and family on 28th April to support this exciting occasion which is now in it’s 7th year.