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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2013/14

Young Musician
of the Year

Young Composer
of the Year



We have again teamed up with Cambridge University Faculty of Music for the 2013/14 Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition. Further details are given below.

This competition has now been completed. See full results.

Competition Brief
Entrants are invited to write a piece of music inspired by the University Festival of Ideas 2013 theme, Frontiers. Your submitted piece should have a maximum performance length of 5 minutes. The instruments for this year’s competition are as follows:

1 Flute (doubling piccolo)
1 Clarinet
1 Violin
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Piano

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments but entrants must write for at least two or more instruments. (Please note - to enable us to perform entries at the competition workshop, pieces should include only one of each instrument listed).

Workshop Final and Prizes
Entries will be judged by composer Ewan Campbell and the results announced at a free workshop on Thursday October 24, 2013 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. 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 2013-14. 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

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 2013 and entries will be judged in three age groups.

Compositions must arrive by 24 Sepember 2013, together with a completed entry form. Compositions should be delivered to Cambridge Youth Music, 11 Sadlers Close, Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PF.

Help and advice. If you have problems or queries about your composition, Ewan Campbell is happy to try to help. Email him at:

Download a full copy of the submission details and rules.

Download an entry form.


Deadline for entries

8 October 2013, 5.00pm

Rules and entry forms

Download competition details and rules

Download entry form

Workshop Final

24 October 2013
West Road Concert Hall