Calling all Queens’ musicians – if you play an instrument as a hobby, a distraction from work, or an occasional treat, this is the competition for you, and there is £100 to win!


Tyro is the Latin term for a novice. The Tyro Music Prize was established to promote the music-making of everyday students at Queens’ (i.e. rather than Music students, music scholars, people with a diploma on an instrument), in the hope of encouraging people who play an instrument purely as a hobby to continue their music making whilst at Queens’, and to allow confidence in music to spread to the rest of their university life.

The Tyro competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students at Queens’: all you have to do is complete the application form here, or email the MagSoc President ( if you have any questions.

The performers will come together to give an informal concert at 7pm on Wednesday 13th March in Old Hall. At the end of the evening, an award will be made of £100 to one of the entrants, to further their musical life in the college. There is no minimum standard for the piece presented: instead, the judges will be interested only in the performance and what the music means to you. MagSoc can provide an accompanist if one is required.

Students who are reading Music at Queens’, hold a music degree or diploma or are Organ Scholars or Choral Scholars at Queens’ or another institution are not eligible to enter the competition.

To enter, click here for more information and to complete the application form, and contact the MagSoc President ( if you have any questions!