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The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award was born from an alliance between the British Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (BritchamDR), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London (ABRSM) and Bangor University in Wales, with collaboration of the British Embassy in Santo Domingo. The regional competition is aimed at young classical instrumentalists between the ages of 12 and 26 from the Caribbean islands and brings together a prestigious panel made up of three British judges.

In the two previous editions of the award, more than 120 online auditions were received from 11 Caribbean islands, which were evaluated by our British jury.

Nine finalists competed in the Grand Final of January 2020, at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo, as well as in the Grand Final of the second edition, at the Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito, on March 2022.

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While competition lies at the root of the BritchamDR YMoCA event, its main objective is to encourage, stimulate and raise awareness among young people, that music transcends cultural, political, generational and geographical boundaries.

As a famous Welsh poet once wrote:

'Byd gwyn fydd byd a gano' - 'A people that sing and treasure the art of music'

Gwaraidd fydd ei gerddi fo' - Will become a civilized and humane nation'

For us, it’s wonderful to hear so much inspiring music throughout the region. We look forward to welcoming a new group of talented performers as we begin our search for the Young Musician of the Caribbean 2023/2024.

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