MagSoc is excited to announce the 2023 Tyro Prize – if you play an instrument or sing, and aren’t a music scholar, this is the competition for you, with a potential grand prize of £100.

Tyro is the Latin term for a novice. The Tyro Music Prize was established to promote music-making at Queens’ in the hope of encouraging Queens’ students who play an instrument purely as a hobby to continue their music making whilst at Queens’. As such, people who are choral scholars (or similar) at any Cambridge college, music students, or those who hold a diploma/degree in music (DipABRSM, ATCL, BMus, BA) are not eligible for this competition.

The competition will be on Sunday 12th February at 12pm in Old Hall. It will be judged by a panel including the MagSoc Senior Treasurer and another a fellow appointed by the college.

There is no minimum standard for the performance, with a recommended length of between 3 and 8 minutes. We welcome music from all genres and styles; the judges will be interested only in the performance and what the music means to you. MagSoc can also provide a piano accompanist if one is required.

To enter, please fill out this google form:

We are really looking forward to hearing your performances – if you have any questions, please feel free to email .