European Young Musicians Festival

Douzelage Young Musicians

Sherborne Abbey In 2014, Sherborne hosted a ground-breaking music event for young people run along the lines of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

This was repeated again in 2016 with the addition of a category for solo vocalists. The finals were held in Zvolen Slovakia with five days of music workshops, performances and competition.

International events in 2018 will be held in Granville, France.

The event covered four classes for young solo performers:

  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Voice (new for 2016)

There was a final of the winner from each class.

The first phase of this new competition took place in Sherborne on 15 March 2014. See here >> for results. Other towns selected their musicians by locally applicable means.

The eight best young musicians from Sherborne then took part in the Sherborne Douzelage International Young Musician Festival in July 2014, at which young musicians from around Europe came together to make music and share experiences.

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Young People Making Music

This bi-annual event was organised by Sherborne Douzelage in co-operation with Sherborne and Leweston Schools and the Gryphon School.

The organisers would like to thanks the many organisations who have funded this project.

We are very grateful to Sherborne Abbey Festival for coming in as the major sponsor for 2016.

Sherborne School


Sherborne Douzelage is very grateful to all of these organisations for their donations and for the support that they are providing to make this project a success:
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Duo Teresa Carreño
The Eastbury Hotel (Three Wishes)
Old Fosterians Association
Porter Dodson
Sherborne Abbey Festival
Sherborne Arts Link
Simon Digby Charitable Trust
Simon Digby (Sherborne) Memorial Trust
Wessex Strings