The Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) awards have helped kick start the careers of artists including Thomas Gould, Elizabeth Watts and Craig Ogden, by providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s 3,700+ member groups.
The six chosen artists are promoted to our members for engagements at fixed rates (£250 for solo artists, £500 for artists with accompanists) subsidised by Making Music for up to 50 bookings each year. They will benefit from publicity in Making Music’s Selected Artists guide, on its website, other publications and social media. The artists will also be offered an unpaid presentation concert for Making Music members.
It's an honour and a privilege to be part of PDGYA. I would recommend it to every single performer, it is a fabulous scheme which has helped me to set the foundations of my performing career.
Manu Brazo, 2019 Young Artist
If you are not a UK citizen you must be able to provide evidence that you are eligible to live and work in the UK for the entire period of the award (September 2021 – August 2023), for example a letter confirming settled/pre-settled status or a residence permit that goes up to at least August 2023.
The age range for all applicants is 21-27. To apply you must be in this age range on 1 August 2021.
Applicants are required to submit details of a varied programme of approximately one hour for instrumentalists and 45 minutes for vocalists. The adjudicators will request up to 15 minutes of music to be performed from this programme. All candidates should select the first piece they wish to present and this chosen work should be introduced briefly to the adjudicators. After the first piece, all candidates must be prepared to perform any of the music in their submitted programme.
Adjudicators will assess personality, presentation, organisation and balance of programme as well as musical performance. Candidates should give careful thought to their submitted programme in consultation with their accompanist. General advice on programmes can be obtained from the administrator. However, the administrator will not approve or reject any specific work or programme.
Auditions for 2021
We are aiming to hold auditions in person in July, if coronavirus measures allow, at the Royal Academy of Music. All the appropriate measures to ensure a Covid-secure environment will be taken, of which you will be informed in advance. If in-person auditions are not possible, we will arrange for auditions to be done via Zoom.