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The Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year competition is the final part of the annual Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Dance, Music and Drama, Milton Keynes' largest and longest-running annual festival of performing arts for amateurs of all ages and levels of ability and is sponsored by Kawai Pianos.

Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022

Sunday 15 May 2022 at 2:30pm

Church of Christ the Cornerstone











What a wonderful afternoon we had at The Church of Christ the Cornerstone for Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year, a celebration of the musicianship of our 7 chosen young musicians, and the culmination of our annual Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Dance, Speech and Music.


Our 7 finalists were Finn Styles - Piano, Tori, Sze Yin Li - Violin, Siqi Shao – Piano, Reese Carly Manglicmot - Piano, Ellen Zeng - Violin, Waika Chu - Piano and Alex Wyatt - Piano.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, which was inspirational and awesome in equal measures.


Every performer was a winner and each took away a certificate, special trophy and a small amount of prize money. Pianist Alex Wyatt, who has performed at the festival for many years, was awarded the title of Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year with his performances of :


Rautavaara - Etydit; Terssit

Chopin - Op 10 No 1

Ligeti - Etude No 8 ‘Fém’

Left, with parental permission, is Alex's encore performance of the Chopin.

We wish Alex every success as his starts further study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the autumn.



Thank you to John Byron and Anthony Williams for their professional insights and to High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Debbie Brock and her Under Sheriff Serene Taylor for their support of the festival.

Second place went to Ellen Zeng, violinist, who played

Mozart – 3rd Violin Concerto in G Major (K216) 1st Movement


Bartók - Romanian Dances Movts 4, 5 and 6

and third place went to Reece Carly Manglicmot (right) with a highly

praised performance of the Prokofiev Sonata No 3 in A Minor Op 28.


All seven performances were highly praised by the two adjudicators who admitted that it was a difficult task given the very high standard. Thanks must go to Festival Vice - President Adrian Boynton whose interesting introductions of the repertoire are always both entertaining and educational.


Interval entertainment was enthusiastically received from Lily Davies, student at the prestigious Arts1 and winner of the Acting Through Song prize, Ellie Broad, winner of the Milton Keynes Young Singer of the Year award, and fabulous piano duettists, Matias Yung and Anna Batchelor.

If you are interested in taking part in 2023, please follow the festival Facebook page for news and alerts.

Huge congratulations to all performers who provided such an impressive concert for this final showcase of this year's                     music-making. 

To be considered for the 2023 Young Musician showcase all you have to do is to

enter our 2023 festival - syllabus will be downloadable in August 2022.

Entries must be received by 31 December 2022 latest.

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