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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition 2011

Young Musician
of the Year


Young Composer
of the Year



The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2011 is now closed for entries. Competition results.

This will be the 6th annual competition we have organised for young composers, and once again all those taking part will be invited to take part in a free composing workshop when some of the entries will be played and composing techniques discussed.

The overall winner of the competition will be invited to compose a piece for the Ely Sinfonia.

This year we are introducing an exciting new feature: the opportunity to compose music to accompany a piece of film. Full details below.

Entry criteria
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under on 1 January 2011 who lives in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or who goes to school in the county.

This year's theme: 'Silver Sounds'
This year we are taking inspiration from the run up to the London Olympics and have given the 2011 competition the theme of 'Silver Sounds'. You can interpret this in any way you like, whether it brings to mind the gentle, silvery ripples of water – or the hard, shiny surface and metallic sounds of stainless steel. We hope your imagination will roam free!

This year we have an exciting new option for the competition. You can compose your piece of music to accompany a short film clip or series of still images. This could be something you have created yourself or by someone else. Try to compose your music to suit the contents or mood of the images. Composing for film is entirely optional however – if you would rather not, your composition can stand on its own.

Age groups
Entries will be judged in three age groups (age on January 1, 2011):

  • Up to 12 years
  • 13 to 15 years
  • 16 to 18 years

Composition length
Entries in all age groups must be a maximum of 5 minutes long.

Composition scoring
Competitors must write for one or more instruments selected from: a piano; a violin; a 'cello; a flute. (No more than one of each instrument please). These are the instruments that will be available at the composing workshop when some of the compositions will be performed.

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

  • violin, cello, flute
  • cello and piano
  • flute and violin
  • solo piano

The competition
As before all competitors will receive written feedback from the adjudicator, composer Jeremy Thurlow. 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 2011. The winner will receive:

  • the Young Composer of the Year cup
  • a cash prize of £50

The winner will also be invited to compose a piece for the Ely Sinfonia Orchestra. We would expect the work to be performed by the orchestra although a final decision on this rests with the orchestra's musical director.

All entrants will be invited to take part in a free workshop on Wednesday 30 March 2011, at which selections from the entries will be performed by professional musicians and composing techniques discussed by the adjudicator.

How to enter
To enter the competition please complete an entry form and return it, together with the entry fee of £10, no later than Friday 17 December 2010. Compositions must be received no later than Saturday 29 January 2011. Before entering please read a copy of the competition rules.

Downloadable files
Entry form in Word formats

If you have any queries please get in touch:
Phone: 01954 212298


Competiton timetable

Entry forms to be received by: Friday 17 December 2010

Compositions to be received by: Saturday 29 January 2011

Winners announced: March 2011

Composing Workshop: Wednesday 30 March 2011, 7.00pm

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Competition rules
Entry form