TALENTED young musicians from across Bromsgrove are being welcomed to take part in the annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform (BYMP).

Auditions are due to take place on February 21/22 with the final being held on Saturday, February 23rd in Routh Concert Hall, at Bromsgrove School.

The platform competition, now in its fourth year, welcomes young musicians aged 9-17 who are at school or a resident in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and or within a 30 miles of Bromsgrove.

It is hoped that one day the success of the Platform will lead it into the realm of being a national opportunity for young musicians.

The competition is open to all instrumentalists, pianists with singers only in the senior section and applicants for the junior section must have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 4, and a standard of at least equivalent to Grade 6 is necessary for senior entrants.

The senior category, for those aged 14-17, awards a bursary of £1000 to the winner in order to buy music lessons, sheet music or a new instrument. The junior winner receives £750 and there is also a second award of £400 for each category runner up.

Its sister competition, The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (BIMC) is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers) and will take place from 9th-13th April 2019.

Applications for the Bromsgrove Young Musicians' Platform must be received before 4pm on Sunday, January 27 on bromsgroveplatform.com.