WSYM – Closing Notice

It is with deepest regret that we have to announce that WSYM has come to an end.

Whilst the Executive Committee recognises the quality of the Competition entrants and the high standards achieved by the Competition finalists in both the West Suffolk Young Musician and West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician Competitions, the dwindling numbers of entrants over the last three years has been an increasing cause for concern. Each year the committee has discussed and pursued ways to encourage local young musicians and their teachers to take part in the Competitions, including a large scale relaunch and rebranding in 2015. This year, the geographical area for eligible entrants was widened but still, unusual measures had to be taken at the WSYM heats stage, to combine the limited number of entrants in three disciplines into a 'Mixed Class' with one adjudicator, to ensure that a Competition could still take place. Furthermore, it was noticeable that audience attendance at both Finalists' events was significantly reduced and, for the first time, the WSYM Final at the Apex made a loss as a result. Finances remain healthy, partly due to loyal sponsorship and support as well as careful stewardship, and the remaining funds will be disbursed in line with the Competition's aims and objectives.
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