The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition 2015 is now open!
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The BBC Proms Inspire scheme is for anyone aged 12 to 18 who wants to make their own music. Now in its seventeenth year, the 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.
Each year, Inspire is delivered in three phases:
- Composer workshops (Inspire Labs) in cities across the UK, delivered in partnership with the BBC Performing Groups and partner ensembles
- The Young Composers’ Competition, with the chance to win a coveted BBC broadcast, professional performance of your piece and BBC commission
- A series of events and concerts for young composers during the BBC Proms season.
If you have any questions about the Inspire scheme please contact a member of the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0207 765 0557.
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.
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"The BBC's long-established and justly celebrated Inspire Competition is the UK's leading event for young composers – and a wonderful opportunity for musically curious people aged 12 to 18” Judith Weir CBE, Inspire Competition judge 2015
The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition provides 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. Winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.
“Hearing my music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for the first time…it's a moment I'll never forget!” Grace Mason, winner of the 2013 Inspire Competition (Senior category)
All competition entrants will be given priority booking for Inspire Days during the 2015 Proms season: free workshops where you can create music alongside professional musicians and like-minded young composers from all over the UK. Previous workshops have explored electro-acoustic composition, film music and everything in between.
Best of all, it’s all free! If you’re aged 12 to 18 and write your own music, what are you waiting for? Enter the competition and see where it takes you…
- Winners will be given the opportunity to have their work performed at the BBC Proms by professional musicians and broadcast on Radio 3.
- Winners will also receive a BBC commission.
- Please read the terms and conditions for full details.
Entries will be judged by a panel of leading composers and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing young talent. This year's panel includes composers Anna Meredith, Fraser Trainer, Stuart MacRae, Martin Suckling and Judith Weir CBE.
- 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 the full terms and conditions of 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.
How to enter
- If you’re aged 12 to 16 (at the closing date – 21 May 2015) please download, print and complete a Junior Entry Form, and make sure a parent or guardian reads and completes 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 – 21 May 2015) please download, print and complete a Senior Entry Form. Senior entrants do not need consent from a parent or guardian.
Where to send your entry?
Complete entries must be submitted by post only to:
BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition, PO Box 7822, London, W1A 1YE.
- Please note this facility cannot accept any mail from carriers other than Royal Mail. The PO Box facility will terminate at close of business on Thursday 21 May 2015 and any late entries will not be accepted. In the event of a prolonged postal strike, the period for submission will be extended as appropriate. Entries delivered in person will not be accepted.
- Entries cannot be returned so please remember to keep a copy.
- The closing date for entries is Thursday 21 May 2015.
- Any entries received after this date will not be entered in the competition.
Please refer to the terms and conditions for full details. If you need any further information or require clarification of the meaning of any of the terms and conditions, please contact a member of the Proms Learning team by emailing email@example.com.
Please read the full terms and conditions, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
Inspire Labs are free interactive workshops that offer young composers and music teachers the opportunity to work alongside leading composers Fraser Trainer, Anna Meredith and Stuart MacRae and professional orchestral musicians. Discover different approaches to composition and try out your ideas with live musicians from the BBC Performing Groups and partner ensembles.
If you’re thinking of entering the Inspire Young Composers’ Competition for the first time, or are just keen to find out more about writing music, come along to the final Lab this season, which takes place in Bangor (North Wales) and is open to school groups.
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 9 February 2015 – Belfast School Lab with the Ulster Orchestra
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
For more information and to reserve places click here.
If you enter the competition or come along to an Inspire Lab, you’ll be offered priority booking for free Inspire Day workshops during the 2015 Proms season, where you can create music alongside professional composers and artists and like-minded young composers from all over the UK. Previous events have explored electro-acoustic composition, arranging, film music and everything in between. More details will be available on the BBC Proms website from 23 April.
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 seventeen years the scheme has provided a platform for aspiring and talented young composers including previous competition winners Tansy Davies, Alissa Firsova, clarinettist and composer Mark Simpson and conductor and composer Duncan Ward.
The winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2014 were:
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 were:
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 and 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.