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Cambridge Youth Music supports music activities for young people in Cambridgeshire. It runs the annual Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition, providing a platform for talented young composer


East Anglian Young Composer 2017
Congratulations to 17-year-old Luke Askew who has won the new award of East Anglian Young Composer of the Year. The award is part of an exciting initiative to extend opportunities for young composers across East Anglia. This year the long-standing Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition was opened up to children from Hertfordshire as well as Cambridgeshire. At the same time a second, competition was launched for those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex by Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings.

Luke, from Stowmarket, won the Snape competition, while the Cambridge competition was won by 15-year-old Olivia Ransome from Cambridge. Their compositions were performed at a concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on Sunday 29 October by members of the Phaedra Ensemble, together with a selection of specially commended entries from both competitions. A new work by Alexia Sloane, winner of last year's Cambridge Young Composer of the Year, was also performed at the concert.

Judge Ewan Campbell said the entries this year had been of an extremely high standard and he congratulated all the young composers, aged from six to 17.

All 23 composers who entered the competitions had their piece played at the Snape and Cambridge Finals by the Phaedra Ensemble – with feedback provided by Ewan Campbell and the musicians.

East Anglian Young Composers 2017

Young composers from across East Anglia, whose pieces were performed at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on Sunday 29 October, line up with members of the Phaedra Ensemble and judge Ewan Campbell.

Entrants to the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2017

Entrants to the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition at the competition Finals on Wednesday 25 October in Robinson College Chapel. More information about the Cambridge competition here


















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