Rules: Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition 2012

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 2012.

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

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

7. Competitors must write for one or more of the following:
A cello
A clarinet (or sax)
A trumpet
A piano

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments but no more than one clarinet, one cello etc, should be used. (This is to enable us to perform entries at the composing workshop when we will have just one of each instrument available).

8. Your composition may be composed to accompany a short piece of film/video/series of images of your choice, but this is entirely optional. If you do choose this option we will expect you to submit a copy of the image file with your composition or provide a link to an online file.

9. Your entry may be accompanied by an electronically composed piece of music designed to be played at the same time as, and to accompany, the performance of your main composition. If you choose to submit an electronic file it must be your own work.

10. Submitting a piece of film or an electronic piece of music are both entirely optional and competitors who choose not to do this will not be penalised.

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 16 December 2011.

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 Saturday 28 January 2012.

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

Download an application form in Word format.

Further information from:
Tel: 01954 212298