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BBC Proms and the Guardian call for the nation's aspiring young composers

Category: BBC Proms; Radio 3

Date: 05.04.2005
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BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition 2005

Opportunity for tomorrow's composers to showcase their work in all genres

Judges include Fraser Trainer, Colin Matthews, Martyn Brabbins and Tansy Davies

Winners hear their work performed by Endymion and broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Young Composers Forum day to meet and share ideas

The BBC Proms and the Guardian are calling the nation's young composers, aged 12 to 18, to take part in the seventh annual Young Composers competition.

Open to musicians of all styles and genres, the competition is a unique opportunity for aspiring composers to share their work and learn from both professional musicians and their peers.

As part of their prize, winners will have their music performed by top musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Details of how to enter are at the end of this release. The closing date for entries is 28 May 2005 and results will be announced in The Guardian in late June.

In association with The Guardian, the competition is judged by Fraser Trainer, composer and creative director of the London Sinfonietta; Grammy-nominated British composer Colin Matthews; Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music Martyn Brabbins; composer Tansy Davies; Andrew Kurowski, the BBC's Executive Producer for new music; and Peter Kingston of The Guardian, who chairs the panel.

Fraser Trainer comments:"I have been involved in judging this competition for many years now, and am always highly impressed by the amount of young people who choose to express themselves through writing music.

"The competition provides a hugely important platform for young composers to demonstrate their many skills and to share ideas with both experienced composers and other talented youngsters.


"These creative and inquiring teenagers are the future of music and I feel very privileged to be part of their development and learning."

Everyone who enters is invited to the BBC Proms Young Composers Forum on Thursday 28 July, where they have the chance to meet other young composers from around the country, attend talks and workshops, and grill a panel of composers - as well as attend the evening Proms concert in the Royal Albert Hall.

The day will include the Young Composers Concert at the Cadogan Hall, where the winning pieces will be performed by one of the UK's leading ensembles, Endymion.


Endymion's performances of the winning pieces are also broadcast during the Proms season on Radio 3 and can be heard on The Guardian's and the BBC Proms' website.

In addition to the performance and broadcast of their work, the three winners in the under-16 category will receive a Casio keyboard, while the three winners of the over-16 category will receive a Sibelius music software package. In the under-16 category there are also prizes for the winners' schools.

How to enter:

Send two notated copies of your composition along with two recordings (on audio cassette, CD or Minidisc) and an entry form to:

BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer Competition

PO Box 111




Terms and conditions of entry:

Entries should last no longer than five minutes.

Entry forms need to be signed by a school teacher.

There are no restrictions on instrumentation, which may include acoustic, electronic instruments, computer-generated sounds or ethnic instruments.

Scores should be no larger than A4, submitted in an appropriately-sized envelope. Packages may be secured with a single piece of tape or glue, but do not use staples.

Entrants may enter only one composition.

For an entry form and full terms/conditions of entry please visit

The closing date for entries is Saturday 28 May 2005.




Category: BBC Proms; Radio 3

Date: 05.04.2005
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