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East Anglian
Young Composer Competition 2019

Young Musician
of the Year

Young Composer
of the Year



East Anglian Young Composer
Competition 2019
Entrants must be 18 years or under on 31 August 2019 and live or attend school in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk. Entries will be judged in three age groups (12 and under, 13-15 years and 16-18 years).

You are invited to write a piece of music up to 5 minutes long. This can, if you wish, be inspired by this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas theme of Change. The instruments available for this year’s competition are:


Compositions must be written for at least two of the instruments above. Please note - to enable us to perform your piece at the competition Final, you should use only one of each instrument listed. Download the full competition rules and entry form via the links in the column on the right.

Information and guidance
Below are some guidance notes for those entering the competition:

Writing for flute, cello and piano

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 get an answer as soon as possible.

Competition Finals: 11am-5pm, 27 October
Competition entries will be performed by members of the Marsyas Trio at the public Finals on Sunday 27 October, 2019 (starting at 11am and continuing until aprox. 5.00pm) in Newnham College, Cambridge. This event will be part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

All composers will be given written and verbal feedback on their piece by adjudicator Ewan Campbell. The musicians will also provide feedback and advice about composing for their instruments. There will be a Class Winner and commendations for each age group.

Young Composers' Concert: 7pm, 27 October
The Marsyas Trio will perform a selection of winning entries from the competition at a public concert at 7.00pm on 27 October in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. The programme will include a piece commissioned from last year's East Anglian Young Composer of the Year, Jacob Fitzgerald. The concert will be part of theuniversity's Festival of Ideas.

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

Compositions must arrive no later than Monday 7 October 2019, together with a completed entry form.

Compositions should be emailed as PDF files to:

Competitors must provide a full score, plus copies of each individual part (either saved from composing software or scanned from legible, handwritten manuscript).

The competition is run with support from the Cambridge University Faculty of Music and the Cambridgeshire Music Hub.





Deadline for entries

7 October 2019

Rules and entry forms

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

Competition Finals

Sunday 27 October 2019
11am- c.5.00 pm
The Old Labs
Newnham College,

Young Composers'Concert

With the Marsyas Trio

Sunday 27 October 2019 7.00 pm
West Road Concert Hall