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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2017

Young Musician
of the Year

Young Composer
of the Year



We are delighted to announce that the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition has now become part of a wider initiative – extending opportunities for young composers across East Anglia.

The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition is being opened up to young people in both Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. A new competition – the Snape Young Composer of the Year – will be open to young people in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

Winning entries from both competitions will be eligible for a new award: the East Anglia Young Composer 2017, to be announced at a concert in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on 29 October 2017.

Further information about the Snape competition is available on the Snape Maltings website. Details of the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year are given below.

Cambridge Young Composer of the Year
Competition Brief
Entrants must be 17 years or under on 31 August 2017 and live or attend school in Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire. Entries will be judged in three age groups (11 and under, 12-14 years and 15-17 years).

You are invited to write a piece of music up to 5 minutes long. This can, if you wish, be inspired by this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas theme of Truth. The instruments available for this year’s competition are a piano trio:

1 piano
1 violin
1 cello

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments but you must write for at least two of them. Please note - to enable us to perform your piece at the competition Final, you should use only one of each instrument listed above.

Download the full competition rules and entry form via the links top right.

Information and guidance
Below are some guidance notes for those entering the competition:

Writing for piano trio

Have a question?
If you have a question – for example whether something you want to write is playable on the instrument concerned – please email your query to and we will do our best to get an answer as soon as possible.

Cambridge Competition Finals: 25 October
Competition entries will be performed by members of the Phaedra Ensemble at the public Finals on Wednesday 25 October, 2017 (starting at 11am and continuing until aprox. 5.30pm) in Robinson College, Cambridge. This event will be part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Composers will be given written and verbal feedback on their piece by composer and Judge Ewan Campbell. The musicians will also provide advice about composing for their instruments. There will be a Class Winner and commendations for each age group.

Young Composers Concert and presentation of awards:29 October
The Phaedra Ensemble will perform the winning entries from both the Cambridge and Snape competitions at a public concert at 5pm on Sunday 29 October in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. The programme will also include a piece commissioned from last year's Cambridge Young Composer of the Year, Alexia Sloane.

The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year and Snape Young Composer of the Year will be selected from the Cambridge and Snape age group winners and announced at this concert. One of these will then receive the new East Anglian Young Composer award.

How to enter the Cambridge competition
Competitors must either live in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or Hertfordshire, or study full-time in one of these counties. Competitors must be 17 years of age or under on 31st August 2017.

Compositions must arrive no later than Monday 2 October 2017, together with a completed entry form. Compositions should be emailed as PDF files to:

Competitors must provide a full score, plus copies of each individual part (either saved from composing software or scanned fromlegible, handwritten manuscript).

Download a full copy of the submission details, rules and entry form here:
PDF file
Word file

The Cambridge Young Composer competition is run with support from the Cambridge University Faculty of Music and the Cambridgeshire Music Hub.





Deadline for entries

2 October 2017

Rules and entry forms

Download competition details, rules and entry form as a
PDF file
Word file

Cambridge Competition Final

Wednesday 25 October 2017
11am-5.30 pm
Robinson College,

Snape Competition Final

Saturday 21 October 2017
11am-5.30 pm
Snape Maltings

Young Composers'Concert & presentation of Awards

With the Phaedra Ensemble

Sunday 29 October 2017, 5.00 pm
West Road Concert Hall