TALENTED young singers from across Stafford, Stone and Rugeley are being urged to hit the right note with judges.
The John WR Taylor Memorial Singing competition, run by the Friends of Staffordshire Young Musicians, aims to unearth some of the county’s top vocalists.
It is open to solo singers aged 11 to 19 who live in and are at school or college in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent.
The winner will scoop £200, a certificate and trophy and the opportunity to perform in county concerts during the year.
Last year’s winner Ed Robinson, from Burton-upon-Trent, is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and has been taking part in master classes with a range of singers and musicians. He has also won a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and will be performing at Wembley Stadium next month.
He said: “Being able to perform at Birmingham Symphony Hall for FOSYM last summer was an incredible experience I’ll never forget, and the encouragement and financial help that FOSYM has supported me with, through competitions and bursaries over the past few years, has really helped me improve musically and inspired me to be the best musician I can be.”
Would-be competitors have until February 28 to get their entries in and the first round will kick off on March 29.
The grand final will be at 2pm on May 11 as part of the Stafford Festival. All performances will be at Staffordshire Performing Arts in Eastgate Street.
Application forms are available from Staffordshire Performing Arts on 01785 278278.