Young musicians in an amazing contest

The ESO’s Young Soloist Competition celebrates 29 years and the first round is this weekend (January 9/10).

Some 30 competitors from music colleges around the UK and abroad present a 15-minute performance of a contrasting programme of their own choice, judged by four adjudicators.

They will perform on piano, brass, string and wind instruments. An audience is welcome to come and go as they wish - just turn up, there is no need to reserve seats; a contribution of £5 to offset expenses. The competition runs from 2-5.30pm on Saturday and from 11.30-5.30pm on Sunday in the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road. The final round, on Sunday February 7 at 2pm (£8 on the door), has four or five competitors who present a 20-minute performance of two contrasting concerto movements. The winner plays a concerto with the ESO. More details from www.eso.org.uk or 07780 993801.