Proms; Radio 3
BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers
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
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.
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
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 bbc.co.uk/proms.
The closing date for entries is Saturday 28 May 2005.