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Workshops for young composers: Composing for wind instruments
Are you an aspiring young composer who'd like to know more about writing for wind instruments? Booking is now open for workshops in Cambridge and Snape Maltings, Suffolk, led by composer Ewan Campbell – with practical advice from instrumentalists on composing for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

The workshops will be of particular interest to those considering entering the East Anglian Young Composer Competition (details below). To find out more and to book for one of the workshops, click on the following links:

Saturday 28 April, 2.00-4.00pm
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
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Saturday 5 May, 2.30-4.30pm
Recital Room, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
More information and booking

East Anglian Young Composer Competition 2018
This competition is open to young people aged 17 and under in Cambs, Herts, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. It offers individual feedback and the opportunity for all participants to hear their piece performed by professional musicians at the Regional Finals in Cambridge and Snape. The competition is run by Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings in collaboration with Cambridge Youth Music.

This year the instruments available for composers entering the competition will be a wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, basson and horn). All entrants will have their piece performed by members of the Magnard Ensemble.

Key dates for the 2018 competition

  • Composing Workshops: Saturday 28 April (Snape) & Saturday 5 May (Cambridge) (See details above)
  • Deadline for competition entries: Monday 1 October
  • Regional Finals: Saturday 13 October (Snape) & Sunday 14 October (Cambridge)
  • Winners Concert: Sunday 28 October, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

More details about the 2018 competition can be found here.

2017 competition: results
Congratulations to 17-year-old Luke Askew who won the East Anglian Young Composer of the Year 2017. 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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