FIVE talented young musicians are battling it out to be crowned Gloucestershire Young Musician 2011.
The annual event, at Pittville Pump Room on March 2, features performances from all five contenders with the winner scooping £500 and the coveted Oldbury Trophy.
Whoever comes first will also be able to perform their own concert series including a concerto with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra and a solo recital as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival in July.
The finalists are brothers William and Thomas Percy, Alexander Kirk, Timothy Keasley and Andrew McDade.
William, 16, is studying the cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama while Thomas, 19, is a scholarship student at the same college.
Pianist Alexander is an A-Level student at Wyedean School in Chepstow and oboe player Timothy, 18, has played in the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and the national Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Andrew, 20, successfully auditioned for the National Children’s Orchestra after only six lessons in the tuba and is now at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
On Wednesday, each young musician will perform a 15-minute programme which will be adjudicated by professional musicians.
The music starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.