Five talented teenagers aged between 14 and 17 have today been announced as winners of the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition.
Their works are performed by the distinguished ensemble Endymion at a free BBC Proms concert at Cadogan Hall, London on Thursday 28 July at 4.00pm, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 9.00pm on Tuesday 2 August.
The winners in the senior category are:
Luke Burke, 17, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester: Five Pieces for String Quartet;
James Long, 17, The Judd School, Tonbridge, Kent: Episodes for clarinet and piano;
Ben Newton, 17, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull: Making Ground for recorder quintet, percussion, electric bass, piano and organ.
The winners in the junior category are:
Joo-yeon Sir, 14, The Purcell School, Bushey, Hertfordshire: Conflict in Time for solo violin, piano trio and trumpet;
Duncan Ward, 16, Dartford Grammar School, Kent: Hopscotch for wind quintet.
Judging the seventh BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition were composers Colin Matthews, Fraser Trainer and Tansy Davies, BBC executive producer for new music Andrew Kurowksi, and the Guardian's Peter Kingston, who chaired the panel.
The judges were immensely impressed by both the standard and diversity of the entries.
All entrants to the competition are invited to a Young Composers Forum on 28 July at which there are workshops, talks and the chance to hear the winning pieces, and around 250 teenagers from around the country are expected to attend.
The day culminates with the evening Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring music by John Adams, Prokofiev and the UK premiere of John Corigliano's Violin Concerto, The Red Violin performed by Joshua Bell with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.
In addition to hearing professional performances of their work, the winners in the Junior Category will receive keyboards supplied by Roland, while the Senior Category winners receive Sibelius Software packages.
Competition entrants were asked to compose a piece of music in any style no longer than five minutes' duration with no restriction on instrumentation.
For the first time the BBC Proms is working with Sibelius to make copies of the scores of some of the winning compositions available to download from bbc.co.uk/proms, a move which aims to encourage young instrumentalists to perform music by their contemporaries.