BBC Proms Inspire Scheme

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition

Now in its sixteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ competition continues to offer winners unrivalled opportunities to reach wide audiences on world-class platforms for classical music including the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3, as well as receive a much sought-after BBC commission.

Chaired by Fraser Trainer, this year’s entries were judged by a panel comprising composers Stuart MacRae, Anna Meredith, Martin Suckling, Judith Weir CBE, and Radio 3 Editor Jeremy Evans.

Our judges were extremely impressed with the quality of this year’s competition entries so thank you to everyone who entered. We’re delighted to announce the winning and highly commended entries of the 2014 BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition.

The winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2014 are:

 

JUNIOR CATEGORY (12 – 16 YEARS OLD):

Harry Castle – La Trahison des Images

Rob Durnin – Study in Anarchy

Matthew Jackson – Mirror Mirror

SENIOR CATEGORY (17 – 18 YEARS OLD):

Nathaniel Coxon – Two Cells

Anna Disley-Simpson – Underneath

Harry Johnstone – Dis-Pulsed

 

The highly commended entrants are:

 

JUNIOR CATEGORY (12 – 16 YEARS OLD):

Thomas Carling – Three Pieces (1st and 3rd movements)

Jacob Davies – European Sketch

Edward Percival – The unteachable Lesson

Tammas Slater – Suspendisse Melos Avis Mortuus

Thomas Sparkes – Pilgrimage

SENIOR CATEGORY (17 – 18 YEARS OLD):

Toby Hession – Invictus

Matthew Kitteringham – Dithyramb

Electra Perivolaris – Furu Ike Ya?

Sophie Sparkes – X from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Kieran Timbrell – 3 Murals for Flute and Piano

 Winners pieces were performed by the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, at the Proms Plus Inspire concert at the Royal College of Music on Wednesday 20 August 2014. A special programme featuring winning pieces was broadcast on Radio 3 on Monday 25 August. You can listen again by cliking here.

You can hear recordings of winning and highly commended pieces, performed by the Aurora Orchestra, on the Radio 3 website by clicking here.

What is the Inspire Scheme?

Inspire is the BBC Proms scheme for young composers aged 12 to 18 years old. Inspire is delivered in three phases: a series of Composer Labs in cities all over the UK, including a professional development Lab for music teachers, delivered in partnership with the BBC Performing Groups, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Ulster Orchestra; the annual Young Composers’ Competition and a series of Inspire Days during the Proms season.

Inspire Composer Labs will be launched in Autumn 2014 and will take place between November 2014 and April 2015. If you're interested in the Inspire scheme and want to find out more contact the BBC Proms Learning team on getinvolved@bbc.co.uk or 020 7765 0557.

Related Links

  • Listen again to the special Radio 3 programme featuring winning pieces from this year's competition, performed by Aurora Orchestra.
  • Hear recordings of the winning and highly commended pieces of the 2014 Young Composers’ Competition on the Radio 3 website.

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