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East Anglian Young Composer Competition 2018

Congratulations to 15-year-old Jacob Fitzgerald of Harston, Cambridge who has won the 2018 East Anglian Young Composer of the Year Competition. Jacob, who attends Sawston Village College, wrote a piece called Upturned for wind quintet.

Full results

12 & Under: Tristan McCardel for his composition, The Dragon
13 – 15: Jacob Fitzgerald for his composition, Upturned
16 – 18: Joint winners; Alexander Papp for his composition, Wind Quintet No.1 and Farbod Salamat-Zadeh for his composition, The Snake Charmer

Overall winner: Jacob Fitzgerald

All the pieces, together with a selection of other commended entries, were performed at the East Anglian Young Composers Concert at West Road Concert Hall on 28 October by the Magnard Ensemble.

The competition is open to those aged 18 years or under who live or attend school in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk.

Individual feedback is provided by judge Ewan Campbell and all entries are performed at the Finals by professional musicians. The competition is run by Aldeburgh Young Musicians with support from Cambridge Youth Music. Further details can be found here.

The 2018 competition winners
Left to right: Tristan McCardel, Jacob Fitzgerald, Farbod Salamat-Zadeh and Alex Papp with judge Ewan Campbell (right) and members of the Magnard Ensemble after the concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

2018 winners

Some of the entrants to the 2018 competition with judge Ewan Campbell and members of the Magnard Ensemble at the Competition Finals in Cambridge

2018 Entrants









Concert poster


Competition poster










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