Fancy winning £500?

That’s the first prize in the Toddington Young Musician of the Year competition.

The annual competition, which takes place at Toddington Village Hall on 5 November 2017, is open to musicians aged 12-18 from across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

They will be looking to follow in the footsteps of last year’s joint winners, saxophonist Jasmine Brown and marimba player Alexander Pullen.

Anyone interested in taking part needs to download an application form and return it to the address at the bottom of the form by 29 September.

The committee will then select between six and eight applicants to compete on the day.

Selection is based on the grades achieved and the experience and ambitions that applicants’ can show in filling in their form.

Organisers Toddington Music Society have told us that while many applicants from previous years have reached high grades in more than one instrument, they suggest that all hopefuls should just concentrate on the one instrument in which they feel most confident to give them the best chance of success.

The winner will be asked to perform at Toddington Music Society’s AGM the following February, where they are welcome to play any instrument and bring along friends to accompany them.

For more information and to download an application form, visit Toddington Music Society’s website.