BBC Proms Inspire Scheme

The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition 2014 is now open!

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme is for budding composers aged 12 to 18 who want to write their own music. The scheme provides you with a friendly environment to share ideas, participate in workshops, meet other young composers and develop your musical creativity. Best of all, it's free! The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition offers winners an unrivalled opportunity to have their music played by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

You can also participate in Inspire Composer Labs – free nationwide composition workshops running from February to May 2014.

For further information about the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition please click here or if you have any questions, please contact the Proms Learning team on  promslearning@bbc.co.uk or 020 7765 0643.

What is the Inspire scheme?

Competition details
How to enter
The judges
Terms and conditions

2013 winners

WHAT IS THE INSPIRE SCHEME?

Now in its 16th year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition provides a platform for budding composers across the UK aged 12 to 18 years old, providing what most composers only dream of – the chance to have their music played by professional musicians, performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Best of all, it’s all free! Enter the competition and see where it takes you.

You can also participate in our nationwide Inspire Composers Labs running from February to May 2014. Composer Labs are free and offer you the chance to have professional musicians play your music and get expert advice from leading composers in a day of music-making, exploration and discovery. Attending a Lab is a great way to give you an inspirational kick start if you’re thinking of entering our Young Composers competition or just want to try composing for the first time.

"Having attended one of the Composer Labs, where I thoroughly enjoyed a day of exploring music-making, I decided to enter a piece ... Hearing my piece played by professional musicians has been the best experience of my life so far. I'm now tremendously excited about the mentor scheme that accompanies the commission; there is simply nowhere else a young composer can gain access to such fantastic opportunities."

George Rimmer, Inspire Young Composers Competition Winner 2011.

For further information about the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition please click here or if you have any questions, please contact the Proms Learning team on  promslearning@bbc.co.uk or 020 7765 0643.

 

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COMPETITION DETAILS

 

The prize

  • Winners will be given a unique opportunity to have their work performed by professional musicians and broadcast on Radio 3. 
  • Winners will also receive a BBC commission.
  • Please see the full terms and conditions for full details.

 

The judges

Judges are chosen to reflect the wide variety of music played at the BBC Proms each year. Judging panels are made up of composers, musicians, broadcasters and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing new young talent. To find out more about this year’s judges click here. 

 

How to enter

The competition opens on Monday 13 January 2014 and will close on Thursday 22 May 2014. Click here for more details on how to enter the competition.

 

Tips

  • 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!
  • It's very important that you read and comply with the full terms and conditions of the competition, as any invalid entries will be disqualified. If you're aged 12 to 16, ask a parent or guardian to read these too, as they will need to provide consent for you to enter the competition.

 

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HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION:

  • It's very important that you read the full terms and conditions for the competition, for full rules and details on how to submit your entry. You are advised to read these carefully as invalid entries will be disqualified. If you’re aged 12 to 16, ask a parent or guardian to read these too as they will need to give their consent for you to enter the competition.
  • If you’re aged 12 to 16 (at the closing date – 22 May 2014) please download, print and complete a Junior Entry Form, and make sure a parent or guardian reads and signs the bottom section of the form to give their consent for you to enter.
  • If you’re aged 17 or 18 (at the closing date – 22 May 2014) please download, print and complete a Senior Entry Form. Seniors do not need consent from a parent or guardian to enter.

Entries cannot be returned so please remember to keep a copy. If you need any further information or assistance please contact a member of the Proms Learning team on 020 7765 0643 or promslearning@bbc.co.uk.

 

Deadline

  • The closing date for entries is Thursday 22 May 2014.
  • Any entries received after this date will not be entered in the competition.

 

Where to send it:

  • Complete entries must be submitted by standard post only to:

   BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition, PO Box 7798, London, W1A 1LY.

  • Please note that this facility can only accept standard post and cannot accept any couriered mail, recorded delivery or mail from carriers other than Royal Mail. The PO Box facility will terminate at close of business on 22 May 2014 and any entries received after this date will not be entered into the competition, but will be returned to sender, in accordance with Royal Mail policy.

 

BBC PROMS INSPIRE YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2014

1.  This competition is open to UK residents only (including UK residents in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Overseas entries will not be considered. The competition is not open to employees, or the close relatives of employees, of the BBC, their agencies or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of this competition.

 

2.  Entries will be judged in two categories:

  • Junior Category: for those aged between 12 and 16 at the closing date. (Entrants under 16 must provide signed consent from a parent or guardian).
  • Senior Category: for those aged 17 and 18 at the closing date.

 

3.  Each valid entry must include:

A completed entry form. Entry forms are available to download from bbc.co.uk/proms. On the form you must state:

  • The origin (website, book, poem etc.) of any text used
  • The origin (website, sequencing package etc.) of any pre-programmed audio or MIDI loops. Any samples and loops used must be royalty-free and not taken from commercial recordings. Please state clearly how and where these appear in your piece.
  • Junior competition entrants must provide signed consent from a parent or guardian

AND

Two identical recordings of your piece: the recording must not be longer than 5 minutes in duration. Entries with recordings of more than 5 minutes in duration will be disqualified. Recordings can either be a live recording of your work, or a version taken from notation software packages or sequencing software. If it is derived from software, it must be a playable recording, rather than the original file. We need 2 copies of the recording e.g. 2 CDs, 2 memory sticks or other devices. Please ensure that any labelling applied to a CD, memory stick etc. does not interfere with playback.  

AND EITHER 

Two copies of a notated, graphic or tabbed score: Entrants can use traditional music notation, tab for specific instruments or create a detailed graphic score using symbols. Scores should be presented on single-sided, A4 paper, unbound and in a clear plastic sleeve using as many sheets as are necessary.

OR

Two copies of a written description on no more than 3 single-sided, A4 sheets, unbound and in a clear plastic sleeve which should provide the judges with as much information as possible about:

  • instrumentation
  • how your piece should be played
  • the structure of the piece describing each section
  • what the instruments do and how they relate to each other

Entrants may wish to include diagrams to help to explain their work.

If a school or other collective is submitting multiple entries, they must submit a separate entry form, score/description and two separate recordings for each Entrant. Entries where more than one piece is submitted on a CD, memory stick or other device or more than one Entrant is listed on an entry form will be disqualified.

4.  Entries will not be returned, Entrants should keep a copy for their own records.

 

5.  There are no restrictions on instrumentation, which may include voices, acoustic and/or electronic instruments and computer-generated sounds.

 

6.  Only one entry per Entrant will be accepted. If an Entrant should submit more than one entry, only the first entry registered will be judged and any subsequent entries will be disregarded.

 

7.  Entrants must warrant that their entries are original, entirely their own work and do not infringe copyright or other third party rights. The BBC reserves the right to contact Entrants to verify this. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, violent or any other material that would deem the entry unsuitable for broadcast by the BBC.

 

8.  The deadline for receipt of entries is Thursday 22 May, 2014. Complete entries must be submitted by standard post only to: BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers Competition, PO Box 7798, London, W1A 1LY. This facility cannot accept any couriered mail or mail from carriers other than Royal Mail. There is no facility to process recorded delivery. The PO Box facility will terminate at close of business on 22 May 2014 and any mail addressed to this box and received after this date will be returned to sender, in accordance with Royal Mail policy. In the event of a prolonged postal strike, the period for submission will be extended as appropriate.

 

9.  The judges will assess each valid entry in relation to the following criteria:

  • Compositional idea
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Appropriate technical ability

 

10.  Entries will undergo the following judging process:

  • All entries will be verified by a member of BBC production staff to ensure that they are compliant with the terms and conditions of this competition. Any invalid entries will be removed from the judging process at this point.
  • Each valid entry will be assessed using the criteria set out above by 2 of the 4 members of the judging team. Each judge will be requested to submit a shortlist of up to 15 entries from each category.
  • All entries that have been shortlisted twice will be submitted for the final round of judging by the judging panel.
  • The final round of judging will involve a panel of at least 6 judges, including the 4 members of the judging team who have submitted the shortlisted entries. The final judging panel will meet and listen to the shortlisted entries. They will select up to three winners and up to five highly commended awardees from each category, by agreement, based on the criteria outlined above. If the final judging panel require any clarification in relation to an entry, the Entrant will be contacted at this stage.
  • The final judging panel can select up to three winners and up to five highly commended awardees in each category.

 

11.  The BBC's decision in the selection of winning and highly commended awardees is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

 

12.  Winners and highly commended Entrants will be notified by email, telephone or post by the end of June 2014. If, after reasonable attempts to contact a winner, the communication has not been acknowledged, the BBC reserves the right to offer their prize to a highly commended Entrant. Winners and highly commended Entrants will be announced on the BBC Proms website by 4 July 2014.

 

13.  Winning entries will be performed by professional musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (subject to technical and operational circumstances). Winners will receive a commission from the BBC which may be broadcast by the BBC (subject to quality, suitability and technical and operational circumstances). They will attend workshops with the Proms team and professional composers to work on their commissioned composition. The commission is part of the prize and therefore winners will not be paid for the commission. Winners under the age of 16 must be accompanied to and from the workshops and performances by an adult. The BBC will refund reasonable travel costs to and from the workshops.

 

14.  Winning Entrants will be expected to take part in post-competition publicity, if required.

 

15.  Highly commended entries may be performed by professional musicians and broadcast (subject to technical and operational circumstances).

 

16.  The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

 

17.  Entrants supplying recordings/scores/written descriptions and those who receive commissions from the BBC agree to grant the BBC an exclusive licence to use such entries and commissions in all media for the purposes of the competition including without limitation transmission on radio and streaming on the internet and making copies or new recordings, if required. In connection with BBC's planned usage of the entries and commissions, Entrants must ensure that: a) works submitted are original b) any other musicians performing have agreed to the recording’s use for all purposes of the competition. Please note professional musicians' performances on entries and commissions broadcast / streamed on the internet will be dealt with in accordance with the BBC's agreements with the Musicians' Union or under such other arrangements as normally apply.

 

18.  The BBC will only ever use an Entrant’s personal details for the purposes of administering this competition and will keep them only for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. The names of the contestants, winners and commended entrants may be made public. Please see the BBC Privacy Policy: bbc.co.uk/privacy

 

19.  Entrants must supply full details as required above and comply with all of the terms and conditions of this competition in order to be eligible for the prize. The BBC does not accept responsibility for ineligible, incomplete or fraudulent entries.

 

20.  The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.

 

21.  Entrants are reminded that their participation in BBC competitions (including winning or receiving an award of high commendation) cannot be used in commercial advertising or promotions, to attract external funding, to lobby or campaign, or to attract donations.

 

22.  The BBC does not accept responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system, programme software, the postal service or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, late or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

 

23.  Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. Entries that deviate from the terms and conditions of this competition will be disqualified.

 

24.  The promoter of this competition is the British Broadcasting Corporation and these terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

 

25.  This competition accords with BBC’s Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, details of which can be found in the BBC Competitions Policy: bbc.co.uk/competitioncode

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE.


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THE JUDGES

Our judging panel reflects the wide variety of music played at the BBC Proms each year and includes composers, musicians, broadcasters and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing new young talent.

This year's judging panel includes:

Judith Weir CBE Judith is a composer who has heard many of her works performed at the BBC Proms and has this advice for Inspire composers: "This is a fantastic opportunity to have your own music performed and recorded at the world's greatest music festival – the BBC Proms. Create something that YOU would like to hear – hopefully, musicians and listeners will sense your inspiration and share in it.”

Fraser Trainer Composer and musician Fraser has worked with many Inspire winners. “We're eager to hear your music and we want you to write your wildest dreams! Don't hold back, we'll listen to absolutely any kind of music, but the winning pieces will be those that shake us by the ears, surprise, inspire and excite us as listeners.”

Stuart MacRae Stuart is a composer and a teacher of composition. He’s looking for exciting new pieces, with fresh, creative and original ideas from young composers writing in any style.

Martin Suckling Martin is a composer who has been commissioned by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with whom he is currently Composer in Association. He is Lecturer in Composition at the University of York. "Write the music you find exciting, don't worry about what you feel others think you 'should' be doing. When you find sounds that are special, pursue them, make them the best they can possibly be!"

Jeremy Evans Jeremy is a BBC Radio 3 editor with over 20 years’ experience in broadcasting. He is responsible for Radio 3’s new music programme, Hear and Now, and is looking forward to hearing the work of the new generation of Inspire composers.

 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2014


 TO DOWNLOAD THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE.


BBC PROMS INSPIRE YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2014

1.  This competition is open to UK residents only (including UK residents in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Overseas entries will not be considered. The competition is not open to employees, or the close relatives of employees, of the BBC, their agencies or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of this competition.

 

2.  Entries will be judged in two categories:

  • Junior Category: for those aged between 12 and 16 at the closing date. (Entrants under 16 must provide signed consent from a parent or guardian).
  • Senior Category: for those aged 17 and 18 at the closing date.

 

3.  Each valid entry must include:

A completed entry form. Entry forms are available to download from bbc.co.uk/proms. On the form you must state:

  • The origin (website, book, poem etc.) of any text used
  • The origin (website, sequencing package etc.) of any pre-programmed audio or MIDI loops. Any samples and loops used must be royalty-free and not taken from commercial recordings. Please state clearly how and where these appear in your piece.
  • Junior competition entrants must provide signed consent from a parent or guardian

AND

Two identical recordings of your piece: the recording must not be longer than 5 minutes in duration. Entries with recordings of more than 5 minutes in duration will be disqualified. Recordings can either be a live recording of your work, or a version taken from notation software packages or sequencing software. If it is derived from software, it must be a playable recording, rather than the original file. We need 2 copies of the recording e.g. 2 CDs, 2 memory sticks or other devices. Please ensure that any labelling applied to a CD, memory stick etc. does not interfere with playback.  

AND EITHER 

Two copies of a notated, graphic or tabbed score: Entrants can use traditional music notation, tab for specific instruments or create a detailed graphic score using symbols. Scores should be presented on single-sided, A4 paper, unbound and in a clear plastic sleeve using as many sheets as are necessary.

OR

Two copies of a written description on no more than 3 single-sided, A4 sheets, unbound and in a clear plastic sleeve which should provide the judges with as much information as possible about:

  • instrumentation
  • how your piece should be played
  • the structure of the piece describing each section
  • what the instruments do and how they relate to each other

Entrants may wish to include diagrams to help to explain their work.

If a school or other collective is submitting multiple entries, they must submit a separate entry form, score/description and two separate recordings for each Entrant. Entries where more than one piece is submitted on a CD, memory stick or other device or more than one Entrant is listed on an entry form will be disqualified.

4.  Entries will not be returned, Entrants should keep a copy for their own records.

 

5.  There are no restrictions on instrumentation, which may include voices, acoustic and/or electronic instruments and computer-generated sounds.

 

6.  Only one entry per Entrant will be accepted. If an Entrant should submit more than one entry, only the first entry registered will be judged and any subsequent entries will be disregarded.

 

7.  Entrants must warrant that their entries are original, entirely their own work and do not infringe copyright or other third party rights. The BBC reserves the right to contact Entrants to verify this. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, violent or any other material that would deem the entry unsuitable for broadcast by the BBC.

 

8.  The deadline for receipt of entries is Thursday 22 May, 2014. Complete entries must be submitted by standard post only to: BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers Competition, PO Box 7798, London, W1A 1LY. This facility cannot accept any couriered mail or mail from carriers other than Royal Mail. There is no facility to process recorded delivery. The PO Box facility will terminate at close of business on 22 May 2014 and any mail addressed to this box and received after this date will be returned to sender, in accordance with Royal Mail policy. In the event of a prolonged postal strike, the period for submission will be extended as appropriate.

 

9.  The judges will assess each valid entry in relation to the following criteria:

  • Compositional idea
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Appropriate technical ability

 

10.  Entries will undergo the following judging process:

  • All entries will be verified by a member of BBC production staff to ensure that they are compliant with the terms and conditions of this competition. Any invalid entries will be removed from the judging process at this point.
  • Each valid entry will be assessed using the criteria set out above by 2 of the 4 members of the judging team. Each judge will be requested to submit a shortlist of up to 15 entries from each category.
  • All entries that have been shortlisted twice will be submitted for the final round of judging by the judging panel.
  • The final round of judging will involve a panel of at least 6 judges, including the 4 members of the judging team who have submitted the shortlisted entries. The final judging panel will meet and listen to the shortlisted entries. They will select up to three winners and up to five highly commended awardees from each category, by agreement, based on the criteria outlined above. If the final judging panel require any clarification in relation to an entry, the Entrant will be contacted at this stage.
  • The final judging panel can select up to three winners and up to five highly commended awardees in each category.

 

11.  The BBC's decision in the selection of winning and highly commended awardees is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

 

12.  Winners and highly commended Entrants will be notified by email, telephone or post by the end of June 2014. If, after reasonable attempts to contact a winner, the communication has not been acknowledged, the BBC reserves the right to offer their prize to a highly commended Entrant. Winners and highly commended Entrants will be announced on the BBC Proms website by 4 July 2014.

 

13.  Winning entries will be performed by professional musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (subject to technical and operational circumstances). Winners will receive a commission from the BBC which may be broadcast by the BBC (subject to quality, suitability and technical and operational circumstances). They will attend workshops with the Proms team and professional composers to work on their commissioned composition. The commission is part of the prize and therefore winners will not be paid for the commission. Winners under the age of 16 must be accompanied to and from the workshops and performances by an adult. The BBC will refund reasonable travel costs to and from the workshops.

 

14.  Winning Entrants will be expected to take part in post-competition publicity, if required.

 

15.  Highly commended entries may be performed by professional musicians and broadcast (subject to technical and operational circumstances).

 

16.  The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

 

17.  Entrants supplying recordings/scores/written descriptions and those who receive commissions from the BBC agree to grant the BBC an exclusive licence to use such entries and commissions in all media for the purposes of the competition including without limitation transmission on radio and streaming on the internet and making copies or new recordings, if required. In connection with BBC's planned usage of the entries and commissions, Entrants must ensure that: a) works submitted are original b) any other musicians performing have agreed to the recording’s use for all purposes of the competition. Please note professional musicians' performances on entries and commissions broadcast / streamed on the internet will be dealt with in accordance with the BBC's agreements with the Musicians' Union or under such other arrangements as normally apply.

 

18.  The BBC will only ever use an Entrant’s personal details for the purposes of administering this competition and will keep them only for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. The names of the contestants, winners and commended entrants may be made public. Please see the BBC Privacy Policy: bbc.co.uk/privacy

 

19.  Entrants must supply full details as required above and comply with all of the terms and conditions of this competition in order to be eligible for the prize. The BBC does not accept responsibility for ineligible, incomplete or fraudulent entries.

 

20.  The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.

 

21.  Entrants are reminded that their participation in BBC competitions (including winning or receiving an award of high commendation) cannot be used in commercial advertising or promotions, to attract external funding, to lobby or campaign, or to attract donations.

 

22.  The BBC does not accept responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system, programme software, the postal service or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, late or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

 

23.  Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. Entries that deviate from the terms and conditions of this competition will be disqualified.

 

24.  The promoter of this competition is the British Broadcasting Corporation and these terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

 

25.  This competition accords with BBC’s Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, details of which can be found in the BBC Competitions Policy: bbc.co.uk/competitioncode

 



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2013 WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

Congratulations to the winning and highly commended young composers from the 2013 competition.

The winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2013 were: 

Junior category: (12 – 16 years):
Louie Finley McIver – Circle
Lucinda Rimmer – Sunset Dance at Menkaura

Senior category: (17 – 18 years):
Thomas Gibbs – effet de nuit… 
Grace Evangeline Mason – Convergence
Thomas Brown – Recomposed Baroque
 
The six highly commended entrants were: 

Junior category: (12 – 16 years):
Matthew Jackson – From Regent's Park to Baker Street
Alexander Dakin – Abhorrentes
Leon Kidd – Colours of the Night

Senior category: (17 – 18 years):
Bertie Baigent – Things Falling Out of a Cupboard
Christopher Mitchell – Circling Ascendance
Tom Daley – What Wild Disclosure

The winning and highly commended works were performed by the Aurora Orchestra at the Young Composers’ Concert at the Royal College of Music on Wednesday 7 August 2013 conducted by Nicholas Collon and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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