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BSME Young Musicians of the Gulf (YMOG) was initiated in 1998 as a celebration of young musical talent in the region, and since then has become a most prestigious and high-profile competition. St Christopher’s School is proud to have initiated and played host to an event of such magnitude since its creation, with only the exception of 2013, when it was held in Dubai.
Over one hundred young musicians from across the Gulf region participate in three days of competition, and the standard of performing is consistently very high. The majority of participants are usually aged between 14 and 17 years of age, although some have been even younger. Participants can perform as soloists as well as part of an ensemble. There are trophies awarded to the top musicians in each instrumental category as well as an overall winner and runner up.
The event has greatly benefitted from three highly accomplished and prominent adjudicators, usually visiting from the UK. In 2015, we were delighted to welcome conductor and examiner Richard Dickins, composer Christopher Adey, and flautist and teacher Atarah Ben-Tovim. The 18th YMOG in 2016 was adjudicated by lead adjudicator, Penny Stirling, Christopher Griksaitis and John Thwaites. In recent years the adjudicators have remarked on the consistently impressive level of musical talent on show; the dedication of all the performers; and the show of support and mutual respect being clearly evident between all of the contestants. All the musicians also have an opportunity to attend Master Classes led by the adjudicators in the lead up to the Grand Final.
To be involved with Young Musicians of the Gulf shows a passion for developing young people and their considerable talents while creating opportunities and bonds within Bahrain and the wider community of Gulf Schools, and we are delighted to be hosting the 18th YMOG event once again in January 2017.
To see YMOG in action and for information on this year’s competition, please click here.
To register for this year's event, please complete this form.
For further information about YMOG, please contact the YMOG Organiser, Faye Hill.