Una Clark Young Artists Concert

Una Clark Young Artists’ Concert



Sophie Dee Plays the Grieg Piano Concerto

Sophie Dee Plays the Grieg Piano Concerto in the 2016 Concert

Every spring, the orchestra is delighted to present the Una Clark Young Artists’ Concert, showcasing some of the finest young musicians from the Guildford and Surrey area. Normally five finalists are selected, and perform concerto movements or short pieces in concertante style, accompanied by the orchestra. The standard is invariably extremely high – two recent winners have gone on to be BBC Young Musican of the Year finalists – and the concert is one of the most popular not only in the GSO’s calendar, but in the wider local music scene. In addition to the opportunity to perform with an orchestra, finalists receive the Jellinek prize, currently £200.

Every other year, finalists are selected by open competition; in even years they are selected from winners of the Croydon Concerto competition, which is also run by the GSO’s music director. Auditions will be held this Autumn for the concert on Sunday 27th January 2019 – see below.

Auditions for the 2019 Award

The five finalists for the 2019 concert will be selected following auditions on Tuesday 20th November 2018, in the early evening.

To be eligible to perform entrants must:

  • Be aged 23 or under
  • Have been born in Surrey, or live within a 40-mile radius of Guildford
  • Be able to perform in the concert on Sunday 27th January 2017 – please note that date is different from that originally advertised

Singers and instrumentalists (any instrument) are equally welcome to apply. Application forms may be downloaded here. Please contact Wendy Ratcliffe on 07932 780947/email wendywoorat@gmail.com with any enquiries.

Some Alumni…

Matilda Lloyd

©Richard Olivier 2012

Matilda Lloyd was an UCYAC finalist in the  2013 competition. She subsequently was a finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and the winner of the BBC Young Brass award. She returned to the GSO as a full soloist, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in the May 2015 concert, and made her Proms Debut this year playing the finale of the same work.

Ben Goldscheider

Ben Goldscheider gave a memorable performance of Strauss’s infectiously bubbly Horn Concerto No 1 in the 2015 competition. The following year, he was one of the three finalists of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, performing Strauss’s second Concerto, and is clearly destined for a stellar career.


Joo Yeon Sir

Joo Yeon Sir was a finalist in the 2008 competition. She subsequently performed the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Cappriccioso with the GSO in Guildford Cathedral. Her flourishing career has seen recital and concert performances all over Europe, culminating in 2015 and 2016 appearances at the Albert Hall, performing with Sir Karl Jenkins.

The Guildford Symphony Orchestra was reunited with this formidable musician in the 2017 Spring concert in Charterhouse, where she played Sibelius’s dazzling, virtuosic Violin Concerto.