On 9 January the BBC Proms will launch its UK-wide Inspire Competition, which will be open until 25 May 2017. We've got some brilliant composers lined up for the judging panel and a range fantastic prizes and opportunities for shortlisted, highly commended and winning composers. In January we will also be announcing a series of Inspire events coming up in 2017, so make sure you look out for our newsletter in the New Year to stay updated!

Now in its eighteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme provides you with a friendly environment to share ideas, meet like-minded composers and develop your 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 receive a range of exclusive offers and opportunities all year round!

"The BBC Inspire scheme is like no other; the opportunity to work with professional musicians in a supportive and friendly environment was, for me, a memorable experience I will cherish for years to come." Grace Mason, Senior Inspire winner 2013

To join the scheme email getinvolved@bbc.co.uk with your name, age and address.

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

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"The BBC Inspire scheme is like no other; the opportunity to work with professional musicians in a supportive and friendly environment was, for me, a memorable experience I will cherish for years to come." Grace Mason, Senior Inspire winner 2013

Through joining the scheme, you will get:

• Priority booking to free of charge Inspire Sessions and projects led by professional musicians and composers
• Exclusive ticket offers to BBC Performing Group concerts and BBC Proms
• Invitations to networking events
• Access to a thriving community of like-minded young composers and industry professionals
• Information about offers and opportunities via our Inspire newsletter, as well as access to a range of online information and resources
• (For teachers) Resources and classroom teaching support as well as information about upcoming opportunities for your pupils

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.

New sessions will be announced in January 2017.

The 2017 Inspire competition will be launched in January 2017 when we will be announcing all the competition details.

The 2016 six winning entrants are:

Shoshanah Sievers – Les Nuances de la Lumière (Shades of Light)
Jack Robinson – Hound Hunter

Sam Rudd-Jones – ANGRY
Morgan Edward Overton – Two Boys

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Alex Jones – Sensim Mutationem
James (Ka Wai) Chan – Litany

The winning pieces were performed by the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, at the BBC's iconic Radio Theatre at New Broadcasting House on Monday 15 August. You can listen to the BBC Radio 3 broadcasts here.

The nine highly commended entrants are:

William Kidner – The Crazed Mind
Lilly Vadaneaux – Nocturne No. 4
Lizzy Gur – Wolves of the Sky

Peter He – 146 BC
Miles Lavelle Golding – Urban
Theodore Karpinski – Unknown Landscapes

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Ellis Howarth – Light, Refraction, Spectrum
Max Jake Bilbe – Little Piece
Sarah Frances Jenkins – Noah's Zoo

Thank you to everybody who submitted a piece to the Competition this year – the judges were impressed by the high standard across all entries and the wealth of talent and creativity shown.

The annual BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition for 12-18 year olds 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.

If you are thinking of entering the BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2017 (again, or for the first time!) we advise you to sign up to our Inspire mailing list to stay updated. We will be 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’ll want to hear it!

"The BBC's long-established and justly celebrated Inspire Young Composers' Competition is the UK's leading event for young composers – and a wonderful opportunity for musically curious people aged 12 to 18”
Judith Weir, Inspire Competition judge 2016

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 Tansy Davies, 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. 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.