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Young Musicians' Platform

Plymouth Music Accord's initiative to help promising local musicians

The Young Musicians' Platform provides talented local young musicians with help to start their musical careers.

Young Musicians' Platform - First Professional Contracts

Plymouth Music Accord has already found placements for sopranos, a counter-tenor, a saxophonist, a violinist, a clarinettist, a horn player, a cellist, an organist, a marimba player, a guitarist and even a composer. Apart from using its own funds for this purpose, Plymouth Music Accord has been given sponsorship by the Ballard Trust and the Clemas Trust.

The young people have been found engagements with the lunchtime concert series at Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, and Duke of Cornwall hotel, the evening recitals at Emmanuel, and as featured soloists with the South West Sinfonietta, the Radio Light Orchestra and Kelly Choral Society. Help has also been given with the purchase of instruments of professional standard.

Auditions take place every other year in the Sherwell Building at Plymouth University (courtesy of Peninsula Arts) with an interviewing panel of local musicians and music producers.

The services of an accompanist are provided for candidates who do not have one.

The 2017 auditions will be held on Thursday 22 June from 6pm at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.

For further information about the Young Musicians' Platform contact Clive Jenkins on 01752 863348 or e-mail

To apply for the 2017 auditions please download, print, complete and return the Application Form to Clive at the address on the form.

Previous Young Musicians supported by the PMA have included

  • Peter Cigleris – clarinet
    now a successful solo and ensemble professional musician
  • Andrew Maher – horn
    now horn player with the Hallé Orchestra
  • Sarah Jenks – soprano
    now training with Janice Chapman in London, having previously studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the University of Oxford.
  • David Cotter – guitar
    Graduated with 1st Class Honours in Music from Durham University
  • Ralf Ayling-Miller – organ
    now in his final year at Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Sehyogue Aulakh - marimba (below)
    now studying music at Wells Cathedral School

Sehyogue Aulakh


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