The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award is a musical initiative that will benefit the promotion of Western Classical music throughout the Caribbean Islands and represents a partnership between BritchamDR (The British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic), The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, UK), Bangor University (Bangor, Wales) and The British Embassy (Dominican Republic).

The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award (YMoCA) will be offered to ‘Classical’ instrumentalists (all instruments) or vocalists by way of a two round competition. Applications from performers of jazz, popular, folk, R&B music etc.,will not be considered.

Caribbean Islands: Applications from young musicians from the following islands only will be accepted:

  • Anguilla,
  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • The Bahamas,
  • Barbados,
  • Bermuda,
  • Cayman Islands,
  • Cuba,
  • Curaçao,
  • Dominica,
  • Dominican Republic,
  • Grenada,
  • Guadeloupe,
  • Guyana,
  • Haiti,
  • Jamaica,
  • Martinique,
  • Puerto Rico,
  • Saint Barthélemy,
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis,
  • Saint Lucia,
  • Saint Martin,
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Trinidad and Tobago,
  • Turks and Caicos,
  • British Virgin Islands.

The Final Round of this music competition, held in January 2020, will include three age groups, namely:

  • Young musician aged between 12 & 16 years [6–8 minute programme]
  • Young musician aged between 17 & 21 years [8–10 minute programme]
  • Young musician aged between 22 & 26 years [10–12 minute programme]

Competitors may perform one OR several pieces that meet the time required and that do not exceed the maximum time-limit.

Residency: At the time of registration (closing date, 11.59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time) on Monday, August 15th, 2019), all competitors will be required to prove that they were born on one of the Caribbean Islands by uploading a scanned copy of their birth certificate together with their Application form and hold a passport or Identity Card or Social Security Card from one of the Caribbean islands (a scanned copy of the competitor’s passport or Identity Card or Social Security Card will be required & uploaded with the Application form). Please note: Applications from participants born outside the Caribbean or holding a passport/Identity Card from a country beyond the Caribbean will not be considered. Failure to present the scanned copy of the passport/Identity Card & birth certificate will result in the application for YMoCA being rejected.

UPDATE – Please note: Applicants with Dual Nationality must prove their citizenship of a Caribbean Island by means of EITHER a Birth Certificate OR a Passport OR an Identification Card OR a Social Security Card from one Caribbean Island.

Under 18 year old applicants: Applicants under 18 years of age will be required to present a scanned, notarized copy of their Birth Certificate & a scanned copy of their father or mother’s passport or Identity Card.

If selected to compete and perform during Round #2 (Final) in Santo Domingo in January 2020, competitors under 18 years of age living outside the Dominican Republic must travel accompanied by an adult (e.g. a parent, relative or music tutor). Written confirmation for all under-18 year old competitors will be circulated prior to Round #2 and will be regarded as a mandatory part of BritchamDR YMoCA. Failure to complete the form will result in the disqualification of the performer.

Repertoire: All YMoCA applicants (all ages) may select to play 1 piece or a series of pieces to meet the requirements of the competition. Applicants may choose to perform the same work/works in Round #1 and in Round #2 of the competition. Applicants may select works from a range of different musical eras as part of their programme (e.g. 1 piece from the Baroque period and 1 piece from the 20th century).

Registration for Round #1 of YMoCA. All applicants will be required to:

  • complete a simple, on-line application form (in Spanish or English)
  • upload a scanned, notarized copy of his/her birth certificate
  • upload a scanned copy of his/her passport or Identity Card [under 18 year old applicants should provide a scanned copy of a parent’s passport or Identity Card]
  • provide a YouTube web-link of the applicant’s programme of his/her choice (see below)
  • provide a full list of works performed during the Round #1 video
  • pay a Registration Fee of $20 (US dollars)

The above must be submitted on or before 11.59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time) on Monday, August 15th, 2019. Failure to present any of the items listed above will result in the application being rejected.

Video recordings on YouTube: Applicants for Round #1 of YMoCA should upload a video recording by Monday, August 15th, 2019 as follows: Age 12–16 (up to 5 minutes in duration); Age 17–21 (6–8 minutes in duration); Age 22–26 (8–10 minutes in duration)

Registration fee (Round #1): A Registration fee of $20 (US dollars) or the equivalent in Dominican Pesos (for Dominican contestants) will be required for each YMoCA application from each individual applicant submitting before the deadline on Monday, August 15th, 2019. Failure to pay the $20 US dollar Registration fee, will result in the on-line application not being considered.

Payment of the Registration fee (Round #1): Competitors are required to make the payment of $20 US (or its equivalent in Dominican pesos) at the time of submitting the YMoCA Application to:

Account in US $ Dollars

Bank: Banco Dominicano del Progreso, S.A.
Address: Ave. Winston Churchill No. 5, Urbanización Fernández, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, República Dominicana
Account number: 4160005132
Type of account: Savings/ USD$
Account holder: Cámara Británica de Comercio de la República Dominicana, Inc.
Account Holder’s Address: Ave. San Martín No. 253, Edificio Santanita I, Suite 203, La Fe, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, República Dominicana

Account in Pesos (for payment in pesos)

Name of the Bank: Banco de Reservas
Account number: 960-119494-9
Type of account: Current ( RD$ )
Name of the account: Cámara Británica de Comercio de la República Dominicana

For applicants from overseas, payments should be made to one of the banks listed below:

New York City
ABA: 026005092
Dollar account number: 2000192002613
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso

ABA : 021000089
Dollar account number: 36310377
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso

ABA: 021000018
Dollar account number: 803–3095–393
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso

Round #1: All video recordings submitted via YouTube will be auditioned by a competent panel of musicians based in the United Kingdom. Only the successful applicants in Round #1 will be invited to perform publically during Round #2 of the YMoCA competition.

Round #2 Finalists: All Round #2 finalists in the BritchamDR YMoCA competition will be notified in early October 2019.

Round #2 of The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award competition will be held in a suitable concert venue in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic on on Saturday, January 25th (2020) before a fee-paying, public audience. During Round #2 of the YMoCA, invited participants in the YMoCA competition will be required to perform a programme of works within a specified duration. Participants invited to Round #2 will be required to provide copies of the works to be performed at least 3 weeks before the competition. Participants may wish to provide their own accompanists (at their own cost) or perform with YMoCA’s official accompanists (provided free of charge). All participants in YMoCA Round #2 will be granted up to one hour’s rehearsal time with YMoCA’s official accompanist or their own accompanists on the day of the public recital.

Adjudicators: Three, high profile musicians from the United Kingdom will be appointed as adjudicators to determine the outcome of Round #2 of YMoCA. Individual adjudicators will be appointed by ABRSM (London), Bangor University (Wales) and The British Embassy (The Dominican Republic). The adjudicators’ decision in Round #1 and in Round #2 will be final.

Chris Gumbley
Chris Gumbley studied clarinet, piano and composition at Huddersfield University, where he graduated in 1979. He held the posts of visiting saxophone tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and composition lecturer at Birmingham University for many years, while pursuing a diverse playing career which included tours with the ‘Four Tops & Temptations’, ‘Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’ and the ‘Pasadena Roof Orchestra’, as well as classical recitals with members of CBSO. In 2010, he launched Gumbles Publications as a vehicle for his highly acclaimed educational music for clarinet, flute and saxophone, which features on all the main music examination boards’ woodwind syllabuses in UK. The eclectic musical perspective of Christopher Gumbley and his interpretative adaptability, has allowed him to venture into other musical genres hosting a successful jazz program on BBC Radio, directing his own jazz club for more than twenty years and teaching jazz workshops in the Kingdom United and abroad. At present, Christopher divides his time equally traveling the world as an International Examiner of the ABRSM, composing, freelance performance and tutoring.

Cathryn Murray
Cathryn Murray’s entire professional career has been spent in Italy, where she worked as Principal Viola with Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, Orchestra Sinfonica A Toscanini (Parma) and the Filarmonica Toscanini Orchestra (Parma) under the directorship of some of the world’s finest conductors – Claudio Abbado, Tan Dun, Asher Fisch, Carlo Rizzi, Wayne Marshall and Krzysztof Penderecki. As an active performer & string specialist based in mainland Europe, she has recorded chamber and orchestral works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Vaughan Williams and has toured extensively in the middle & Far East, including Hong Kong and China.
She has recently returned to her native Aberystwyth to teach and inspire young string players, lead chamber ensembles & perform with the Camerata and Sinfonietta Cambrensis & The Chamber Orchestra of Wales.

Iwan Llewelyn-Jones
Born and raised in North Wales, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones has firmly established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. He studied with Kendall Taylor and Phyllis Sellick before building a close collaboration with the French pianist Cécile Ousset. Iwan is a graduate of the University of Oxford & the Royal College of Music where he won several awards and competitions for both academic and pianistic excellence. He has performed at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sydney Opera House and Cardiff St David’s Hall. Iwan is a Steinway Artist. As a soloist he is particularly renowned for his insightful interpretations of French music. His recordings include a cd of solo French piano works entitled French Portraits and of contemporary Welsh solo piano music (Welsh Portraits) which features works composed especially for him. He is currently Lecturer in Performance at Bangor University, Bangor, Wales.

Prizes: The first three places in each category will be awarded a trophy, cash prize and a certificate of participation endorsed by BritchamDR – YMoCA. The first place in each category will also receive a cash prize and certification to participate in a Masterclass to be held in July 2020.

First Prize (Category 22–26 years) – US$ 1,000 dollars
First Prize (Category 17–21 years) – US$ 750 dollars
First Prize (Category 12–16 years) – US$ 525 dollars

In addition to the cash prize, the winner of the first prize (in each age group) will receive a scholarship to a Music Summer Camp at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow, United Kingdom). The UK destination of the music camp for the 12–16 years category will be announced soon.

Visa applications for Summer School Scholarships: BritchamDR YMoCA winners will be required to arrange their own application for a Visa to enter the United Kingdom. All decisions regarding the Visa application are subject to the drafting of a valid application, using the forms available on the British Government's website, and in compliance with the relevant criteria. BritchamDR YMoCA is not affiliated to the Government of the United Kingdom and cannot and will not be held responsible for individuals denied the right to enter the United Kingdom.

Competitors’ travel, accommodation and subsistence costs: All costs incurred by YMoCA competitors prior to and during Round #1 (on-line) and Round #2 (to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) will be the responsibility of the individual performers. Costs will not be covered by YMoCA. Applicants & their families/partners/accompanists should arrange suitable insurance to mitigate any loss.

Damage & liability: The YMoCA Board will not be responsible for any damage to musical instruments, to individuals or property owned by competitors/participants during Round #1 (on-line) or Round #2 of the YMoCA competition.

Broadcasting: The YMoCA Board reserves the right to record & broadcast all performances, interviews etc., held during Round #2 of the competition.

YMoCA Rules and regulations: All competitors will be notified (by email) of any alterations or changes to the above rules & regulations.

Further enquiries: Any enquiries should be directed to: administracion@britchamdr.com