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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2012/13

Young Musician
of the Year

Young Composer
of the Year


Competition now open for entries!

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Cambridge University Faculty of Music for the next Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition. Further details are given below. The deadline for compositions to be submitted is Monday 24 September 2012 at 5.00pm.

Competition Brief
Entrants are invited to write a piece of music inspired by the University Festival of Ideas 2012 theme, Dreams and Nightmares. Your submitted piece should have a maximum performance length of no more than 5 minutes. The ensemble set for this year’s competition is as follows:

1 Clarinet
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Flute
1 Harp
1 Viola
(vibraphone, tubular bells, temple blocks, suspended symbols, triangle, maracas - to be played by 1 player only)
1 Laptop (with MIDI keyboard if required)

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments but we encourage entrants to try to write for three or more instruments. (Please note - to enable us to perform entries at the competition Workshop Final, pieces should include only one of each instrument listed).

Workshop Final and Prizes
Entries will be judged by composers Jeremy Thurlow and Richard Causton and the results announced at a free workshop on Thursday October 25, 2012 at 7.00pm, as part of the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. A selection of compositions will be performed and composers will be given verbal feedback on their work. All competitors will receive written feedback from the adjudicator, composer Jeremy Thurlow. There will be a class winner and ‘Highly Commended’ awards for each age group.

One of the three age group winners will be chosen as the overall winner of the competition and the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2012-13. The winner will receive:
- the Young Composer of the Year cup
- a cash prize of £50
- a performance of a piece in a University of Cambridge New Music Group Concert (details tbc)

Entering the competition
Competitors must either live in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or study full-time at a school, 6th Form or further education college in the county. Competitors must be 17 years of age or under on 31st August 2012 and entries will be judged in three age groups.

Compositions must arrive by 24 Sepember 2012, together with a completed entry form. Compositions can either be emailed (preferred) to with the subject title “Composition Competition”, or sent by post to Ruth Hardie, 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP.

Help and advice. If you have problems notating your pieces please don’t let that put you off entering! You can ask specific questions if you are struggling by emailing: This will be checked and questions answered at least once a fortnight up until September 15. After September 15 we cannot guarantee you will get a reply.

Further information from Music Outreach Officer Ruth Hardie by email at:

Download a full copy of the submission details and rules.

Download an entry form.


Deadline for entries

24 September 2012, 5.00pm

Rules and entry forms

Download competition details and rules

Download entry form

Workshop Final

25 October 2012
West Road Concert Hall