BBC Proms Inspire Scheme

Booking is now open for the 2014-2015 Inspire season. If you’re a budding young composer of any musical genre, then read below for more information about how to get involved!

What is the BBC Proms Inspire scheme?
Inspire Labs
Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2015
Inspire Commissions Concert
Inspire workshops at the Proms festival
Inspire Alumni


What is the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme?

"BBC Proms Inspire - a great way to create music, in action, assisted by this country's leading musicians" Judith Weir, 2014

Over the past 16 years, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme has offered a platform for young composers aged 12 to 18 to develop their skills, meet like-minded composers and get their music heard. In 2014 alone, Inspire has worked with over 550 young composers, and will have commissioned 9 new works and performed and broadcast the music of 17 young composers.

Each year, Inspire is delivered in three phases: a series of Inspire Labs in cities across the UK, delivered in partnership with the BBC Performing Groups and partner ensembles; the Young Composers’ Competition; and a series of workshops during the BBC Proms season.

If you have any questions about the Inspire scheme please contact a member of the team by emailing or calling 0207 765 0557. Click here to sign up for the Get Involved newsletter to receive regular updates about the Inspire scheme and other family and learning events from the BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.


Inspire Labs

Inspire Labs are free interactive workshops that offer composers of all abilities the opportunity to work alongside leading composers Fraser Trainer, Stuart MacRae and Anna Meredith and professional orchestral musicians in a day of musical discovery. Secondary school teachers can also participate in the scheme via Inspire Teacher Labs, designed to help teachers develop their compositional classroom teaching skills.

Booking is now open for the 2014-15 Inspire Labs. For more information and to reserve your place click here.

Thursday 13 November 2014 – London Teacher Lab with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Sunday 7 December 2014 – Birmingham Composer Lab with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Saturday 13 December 2014 – London Composer Lab with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 11 January 2015 – Salford Composer Lab with the BBC Philharmonic
Monday 23 February 2015 – Glasgow School Lab with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Friday 6 March 2015 – Bangor School Lab with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Details of the Belfast Lab with the Ulster Orchestra will be available soon.

Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2015

The 2015 BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition will be open from January – May 2015. Entries will be judged by a panel of leading composers and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing young talent and who will be looking for music that is original, unique and inspiring.

Open to young composers aged 12 to 18 years old, winners will have their music performed by professional musicians at the 2015 BBC Proms for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Winners also receive a coveted BBC commission and mentoring from a professional composer.

Further details about the competition will be announced in the coming months, so keep checking the BBC Proms website for more information!


BBC commissions for the winners of the 2012 and 2013 Young Composers' Competition

As part of their prize for winning the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition, eight talented young composers were commissioned to each write a new piece for an ensemble of musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The pieces were performed in a free public concert at BBC Maida Vale Studios on Sunday 23 November 2014 and the new works will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2015. Stay tuned for news of commissions to the six winners of the 2014 competition.


Inspire workshops at the Proms festival

All Inspire participants are invited to join us at the BBC Proms in a series of sessions focusing on different aspects of composition. From electro-acoustic to film music, the Proms sessions offer access to top composers and the chance to work with like-minded young musicians from all over the UK. Details of the 2015 Proms season will be announced in April 2015.


Inspire Alumni

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

Harry Castle – La Trahison des Images
Rob Durnin – Study in Anarchy
Matthew Jackson – Mirror Mirror

Nathaniel Coxon – Two Cells
Anna Disley-Simpson – Underneath
Harry Johnstone – Dis-Pulsed
The highly commended entrants were:
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

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

Chaired by Fraser Trainer, 2014 competition entries were judged by a panel comprising composers Stuart MacRae, Anna Meredith, Martin Suckling, Judith Weir CBE, and Radio 3 Editor Jeremy Evans.

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 to the recordings of winning and highly commended pieces on the Radio 3 website by clicking here.

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