Rules: Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition 2009

1. Competitors must either live in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or study full-time at a school, 6th Form or further education college in the county.

2. Competitors must be 18 years of age or under on 1 January 2009.

3. Compositions must be the competitor’s own work and should not have won a prize in another competition or been performed at a public concert (private school performances not included).

4. Entries will be judged in three age groups:

12 years and under
13 – 15 years
16- 18 years

5. Compositions should be inspired in some way by a form of transport.

6. The maximum performance length for entries in all three age groups must be no more than 5 minutes.

7. Competitors must write for one or more instruments selected from: a string quartet (two violins, viola, cello), piano, percussion (maximum of two percussion players using normal range of orchestral percussion instruments).

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments, eg:

  • violin, viola and marimba
  • cello and piano
  • solo viola
  • two violins, cello, glockenspiel, triangle

8. Entries must be submitted in manuscript form – either written by hand (in which case it must be clear and legible) or printed from composing software.

9. They may be accompanied by a recording of the piece if desired, but this is not a requirement.

10. Competitors must complete an application form and send it to Cambridge Youth Music, 11 Sadlers Close, Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PF, to arrive no later than Friday 14 November 2008 - now extended one week to 21 November.

10. Applications must be accompanied by the entry fee of £10 (cheques made payable to Cambridge Youth Music) and by two stamped addressed envelopes.

11. Compositions must be sent to arrive at the same address no later than Friday 12 December 2008.

12. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into

Download an application form in Word or PDF format.

Further information from:
Tel: 01954 212298