BBC Proms Inspire

Now in its twentieth year, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme provides 12-18 year olds with a friendly environment to share ideas, meet like-minded composers and develop their musical creativity, while working alongside some of the UK’s top composers and musicians. If you are 12-18 years old and want to make your own music, read on to find out how to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme and enter the BBC Proms Inspire Competition.

Find out about the Inspire scheme

To join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme click here. In doing so, you are subscribing to the Get Involved newsletter to receive regular updates about the Inspire scheme and other opportunities with the BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

If you are 13-16 years old please make sure you have permission from a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 13 please ask a parent or guardian to register on your behalf using their email address.

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme offers:

  • Priority booking to free-of-charge Inspire Sessions led by professional musicians and composers
  • Exclusive ticket offers to BBC Orchestras and Choirs concerts across the UK and BBC Proms
  • Access to a thriving community of like-minded young composers and industry professionals, with invites to friendly networking events and opportunities to collaborate on projects
  • Access to a range of online information and resources for teachers and pupils
  • Information about offers and opportunities for young composers via our seasonal Inspire newsletter

"Being a part of the BBC Proms Inspire scheme has opened up incredible opportunities to work alongside professionals and other young composers, as well as increasing my confidence and love for music – I would truly encourage anyone with a passion for composing to apply." Sarah Jenkins, Inspire Ambassador and winner, 2017 Inspire Competition

We run a range of Inspire events throughout the year in different locations across the UK. Inspire Sessions are free of charge workshops, projects and talks bringing together 12-18 year olds, leading composers and industry professionals to provide an insight into different aspects of music-making. We also run an annual Inspire Day in London during the BBC Proms season: you can sign up to our 2018 Inspire Day here! Sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to hear about our plans. In doing so, you are subscribing to the Get Involved newsletter to receive regular updates about the Inspire scheme and other opportunities with the BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme brings together some of the UK’s brightest young talent to meet, explore and share ideas at workshops, concerts and events throughout the year. Over the past eighteen years the scheme has provided a platform for aspiring and talented young composers including previous competition winners Alissa Firsova, Mark Simpson and Duncan Ward.

You can listen to music by BBC Proms young composers by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the Inspire scheme please contact a member of the team by emailing getinvolved@bbc.co.uk or calling 0207 765 0557 during office hours (10am-5pm). Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

If you’re a teacher or music education professional who would like to speak to a member of the Proms team about how we can support you and your students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Find out about the Inspire Competition

The 2018 Inspire Competition closed on 24 May 2018. Please do not try to enter as your submission will not be valid. Details about the 2019 BBC Proms Inspire Competition will be announced early next year.

“BBC Inspire is a brilliant scheme which invites young composers of all ages and abilities to get involved, no matter what genre or genres you write in. There are great workshop days with professional musicians at the top of their game, as well as the BBC Proms Inspire Competition. In my three years' judging the competition, I've been hugely impressed by the range and excellent standard of the entries.” Kerry Andrew, Inspire Competition judge 2018

The BBC Proms Inspire Competition continues to provide what most composers only dream of; the chance to have your music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Not only this, winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.

Each year, we are looking for music that is original, unique and inspiring. It can be completely innovative or can use the music and ideas of the past to inspire new and exciting pieces of music. There are no restrictions on the type of music you can enter – whatever your style and inspiration, we want to hear it!

Congratulations to the talented winning and highly commended entrants of the 2018 BBC Proms Inspire Competition! Winning pieces will be performed by Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, at a special Inspire Concert at the BBC Radio Theatre on 22 August 2018.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece to the competition this year - the judges were really impressed by the high standard and creativity of entries. We hope you will all continue to compose and we look forward to seeing many of you at our Inspire Day this summer and receiving your submissions next year!

The winners are:

LOWER JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-14 years):
Tom Hughes – The Weevil’ng
Ruby Grace Amar – Amber

UPPER JUNIOR CATEGORY (15-16 years):
Paul Greally – Daddy Longlegs

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Isabel Wood – Inhale. Exhale.
Alexia Sloane – Elegy for Aylan

The nine highly commended entrants are:

LOWER JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-14 years):
Philip Theodorou – Living Coiled
Annie Chown – Conflict and Resolution
Joe Berry – Ad Astra

UPPER JUNIOR CATEGORY (15-16 years):
Sasha Scott – Tiger Teeth
Thomas Nettle – Mirage
Gregory May - Contraflux

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Kieran Crowley – chaos & desertion
Eloide Lawry – Madness Madrigal
Toby Anderson - Nyx

  • Winners are given the opportunity to have their work performed at the BBC Proms by professional musicians and broadcast on Radio 3.
  • Winners also receive a BBC commission and are mentored by a professional composer. Previous winners have written for members of Aurora Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers for performances at the Last Night of the Proms, BBC Maida Vale Studios and Radio 3 live broadcasts.
  • Highly commended and shortlisted composers have access to exclusive Inspire projects.
  • All entrants receive priority booking to Inspire workshops during the Proms season.

Entries are judged by a panel of leading composers and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing young talent. The 2018 judging panel included composers Kerry Andrew, Sally Beamish, Anna Meredith, Dobrinka Tabakova, Joby Talbot, Fraser Trainer and Director of the Proms, David Pickard.

The 2018 Inspire Competition closed on 24 May 2018 (online entries closed at 5pm). Please do not try to enter as your submission will not be valid. Details about the 2019 BBC Proms Inspire Competition will be announced early next year.

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