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Young Composer of the Year

Young Musician
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Young Composer
of the Year



East Anglian Young Composer Competition 2020

Cambridge Youth Music's annual composing competition aims to help all those taking part to gain skills and inspiration to compose music. Every piece entered is played and workshopped by professional musicians at the Finals Workshop, with individual feedback and advice given by the players and composer Ewan Campbell.

This year participants are invited to write a piece of music up to five minutes long for violin and piano.

Entrants must be 18 years or under on 31 August 2020 and live or attend school in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk. Compositions can, if you wish, be inspired by the theme of Isolation. They must be written for both of the instruments above. Please note - to enable us to perform your piece at the Finals Workshop, you should use only one of each instrument listed.

Compositions will be considered in three age groups (12 and under, 13-15 years and 16-18 years). There will be a class winner and commendations in each age group, together with an overall winner – the East Anglian Young Composer of the Year. The winner will be invited to compose a piece to be performed as part of next year's competition.

Download the full competition rules and entry form via the links in the column on the right.

Information and guidance
Dowbload guidance notes on Writing for violin and piano together with some examples of pieces composed for this combination.

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 provide an answer.

Every piece to be workshopped
All the pieces entered will be played and workshopped by professional musicians at the Finals Workshop, with individual feedback and advice given by both the players and Ewan Campbell. Everyone will also receive written feedback from Ewan. All those taking part will have the chance to hear everyone elses pieces played and discussed – a great opportunity to learn from others.

Young Composers' Concert
The winners and commended compositions will be performed at a public concert, which will also include a specially commissioned piece written by last year’s overall winner.

Covid 19 - special note
The date for both the Finals and Young Composers' Concert will be announced as soon as possible, once the rules concerning public musical events become clearer. Whatever the situation, we will ensure that everyone can hear their piece played and discussed, even if this has to be online.

How to enter the competition
Download a copy of the rules and entry form.
PDF file
Word file

Compositions must arrive no later than Friday 30 October 2020, together with a completed entry form.

Compositions should be emailed as PDF files to:

Competitors must provide a full score, plus a separate copy of the violin part (either saved from composing software or scanned from legible, handwritten manuscript).






Competition flyer

Deadline for entries

30 October 2020

Rules and entry forms

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

Finals Workshop

Date to be confirmed

Young Composers'Concert

Date to be confirmed