2012 rules

Last updated: 13 January 2012


You may enter for any of the instrument classes as long as the following three categories are satisfied:

Qualification: You should have achieved Grade 8 standard (see entry form for further details)
Age: You should be 18 or under on 1 January, 2012.
Residency: You must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Isles and Isle of Man).

You must provide a copy of your birth certificate with your application form along with a copy of your Grade 8 or diploma certificate or an accreditation from your teacher (the copy of your birth certificate will be destroyed once your entry has been validated).

Entrants may also be asked to provide proof of UK residency if required to do so.

Entrants aged 16 or under will require the signed consent of their parent or guardian.

All eligible entrants aged 16 or under will be required to be licensed (in accordance with the Children and Young Persons Act) by the BBC before attending the Category Auditions and must attend any stage with an adult chaperone. Any entrant requiring a license who is unable to be licensed for any reason will not be able to take part.

Entrants will be required to pay for a medical certificate from their doctor as part of their license application. The BBC will reimburse the actual cost of the medical certificate (up to a maximum of £25) upon production of a valid receipt for its cost.

Any entrant who the BBC (in its absolute discretion) considers too young, badly behaved, unable to cope with the stress or otherwise unsuitable to take part in BBC Young Musician 2012 will not be able to compete.

The BBC will only use your personal details for the purposes of administering BBC Young Musician 2012, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone not connected with this event without your permission. If the BBC is required to pass your details to any third party for the purposes of administering BBC Young Musician 2012, the BBC will require that they only use your details strictly for these purposes. If you would like to know more about the BBC's Privacy & Cookies Policy, please go to bbc.co.uk/privacy

Please note that the judges' decision on all matters is final. The BBC will not enter into any correspondence, either verbal or written about results. Written reports on performances will be available from the BBC Young Musician office on request.


You will be reimbursed for any reasonable travel expenses (ie standard rail fare or equivalent) on production of a receipt/invoice. If you are under 16 at the Regional and/or Category Auditions we will also pay for an adult to chaperone you unless you are travelling with an adult accompanist. We are unable to reimburse travel expenses if you are travelling from outside the UK.


Apart from pianists, organists (performers who play the electronic organ must provide their own instrument) and percussionists, you must provide your own instrument. If you choose to provide your own percussion instruments this will be at your own expense. A piano will be provided for accompanists. If you require any other instrument for an accompanist this will be provided at your own expense. For the Regional Auditions, all percussionists will be heard at one central venue to be confirmed.

Percussionists - you should include tuned and non-tuned percussion in your programmes. You may bring UP TO TWO other accompanists (e.g. piano and double bass) at your own expense but percussion must be the dominant solo instrument. The BBC will provide a range of professional percussion instruments for performers at each stage; however, percussionists may provide their own instruments which they must transport at their own expense.

Interviews and television cameras

Television cameras will be present to record the Regional Auditions, Category Auditions, Category Finals, Semi-Final and Final of BBC Young Musician 2012 for broadcast on television. You may be contacted by the BBC and interviewed at any stage. This interview and your performances may be recorded for possible use on radio, television and online.


You can play from memory or from music at any stage.

It is recommended that performers include some variety of style and period in their choice of music. Failure to do so will not be penalised, but a well-selected programme will be taken into account by the adjudicators in the case of a tie.

All details of music for the Regional and Category Auditions should be filled in on the entry form, including the publisher and duration of each work.

One piece of repertoire from the Regional Auditions can be repeated at the Category Auditions (if you are selected). You may also perform another movement from the same work.

You will be allowed to change your mind on the choice of music as long as the BBC Young Musician office has been informed by the following dates:
Regional Auditions - 19 September, 2011
Category Auditions - 21 November, 2011

In the Regional Auditions, Category Auditions and Category Final you must provide the adjudicators with a copy of the music you will play.

All performers reaching the Category Finals must send details of their programmes by 30 January, 2012 and notify the BBC of their choice of concerto (or work for solo instrument and orchestra) to be performed at the BBC Young Musician Final (if you are selected).

If selected for the BBC Young Musician Semi-Final you will perform the same repertoire as in your Category Final OR should you wish, you may change 1 piece in your programme. This can be a piece that you played in the Regional or Category Auditions or the Category Final. However there is no obligation to change your programme.

Those who get to the Final of BBC Young Musician 2012 should note that they will be playing with a professional orchestra. As rehearsal time is limited the BBC will be strict about the duration of your chosen concerto (or work for solo instrument and orchestra) which must not exceed 30 minutes.

The order of performance will be decided by the BBC at every performing stage.

In the event of an entrant being unable to take part in any judging stage for any reason including illness, licensing issues or other eventuality then the BBC reserves the right to substitute an alternative entrant.

Time limits

Regional Auditions - 10 minutes
Category Auditions - 15 minutes
Category Final - 20 minutes
Semi-Final - 20 minutes
Final - 30 minutes

When timing your programme please allow for gaps between movements and for tuning. For example, your 10 minute programme might only contain 8-9 minutes of music. You may be stopped by the BBC representative if you exceed the time limit. In the event of a tie between performers, if any have exceeded the time limit, this may be taken into account when choosing who goes through to the next stage.

Performers' accompanists

For the Regional and Category Auditions you must provide your own accompanist at your expense. For the Category Finals and Semi-Final you will be asked if you would like an official BBC accompanist although you may continue to use your own. The BBC will not pay for any additional accompanists' travel, accommodation or meals.

Young Concert Artists Trust

The BBC has arranged an aftercare scheme for the three performers who reach the Final. It is with the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT), a charitable organization which provides expert advice and guidance on career development to outstanding young musicians at the outset of their professional careers. From this organisation the finalists receive advice on concert engagements, repertoire, fee negotiations and other matters. The first two years of this service are paid for by the BBC.

BBC Broadcast Terms and Conditions

I hereby consent to the filming of my participation in BBC Young Musician 2012, the nature and content of which has been fully explained to me.

In particular I acknowledge that adjudicators' comments, both positive and negative will be recorded and may be included in any BBC output.

I hereby assign the complete copyright in my contribution and give all consents as may be required under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) and grant to the BBC any and all rights necessary to enable the BBC to make the fullest use of its recordings without restriction in any and all media throughout the world for the duration of such rights. In particular I hereby grant to the BBC the unlimited right to edit, copy, alter, add to, take from, adapt or translate my contributions hereunder and in relation to such contributions hereby waive irrevocably all 'moral rights' which I have now or in the future, including without limitation any rights under section 77 to 85 inclusive of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or any similar law of any jurisdiction.

The BBC may without further consent use my name, likeness, biography, photographs of me and recordings of interviews with me in promoting and publicising the Programme(s) in all media formats worldwide.

I agree at the request of the BBC to take part in publicity events in connection with BBC Young Musician 2012.

The BBC shall not be liable to me or my legal representative for any loss or damage or injury to me or my property caused or suffered in connection with the BBC's making of the Programme(s) unless caused by the negligence of the BBC and recoverable on that ground.

I agree that my contribution shall not contain anything which is an infringement of copyright or which is calculated to bring the BBC into disrepute or which is defamatory provided however that the BBC shall not be entitled to bring claim against me in respect of any defamatory material that was included in my contribution without negligence or malice on my part.

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