Twelve talented young Sussex musicians will be pulling out all the stops as they compete for a place in the finals of the Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year.

Now in its second year, the competition is open to singers and instrumentalists aged between 18 and 25 who are about to begin or are currently studying at one of the UK’s leading conservatoires.  The winner will receive a bursary of £1000 to help support them through college.

Saxophone player Hannah Corcoran was the first to take the title in 2016. “The bursary has helped me in so many ways,” she said. “The publicity after the event was great for raising my profile as a performer in Sussex and my home town of Brighton. I put the bursary money towards a new soprano saxophone, which I used in a recent Coro Nuovo concert!”

The 12 hopefuls will be whittled down to four at a first-round audition taking place at 1.15pm on Sunday 4th June at St Peter’s Church, Chailey, to which the public is invited.  Entry to the auditions is free, and tea and cake will be available.

The finalists will go on to take part in Coro Nuovo’s Music and Monarchy concert on Sunday 16th July at the Ascension Church in Haywards Heath when the winner will be announced.

Kate Kent, the Chair of Coro Nuovo said: “We have been amazed by the quality of the bursary applications we have received this year. It has been an incredibly hard job selecting the twelve Coro Nuovo Young Musician semi-finalists, and it will be even harder choosing the finalists!