Five young composers win a BBC Proms performance, a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a coveted BBC commission

Five talented young composers have been announced as the winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2013 – the culmination of the BBC Proms’ annual scheme which gives the nation’s brightest young composers aged between 12 – 18 years old the opportunity to explore their musical boundaries and get a taste of what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.

Now in its fifteenth year, the competition continues to offer winners unrivalled opportunities to reach wide audiences on world-class platforms for classical music including the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3, as well as receive a much sought-after BBC commission.

Chaired by Fraser Trainer, the entries were judged by a panel comprising composers and music industry professionals including Andrew Kurowski, Stuart MacRae, Anna Meredith and Martin Suckling who looked for music that was original, unique, and inspiring.

The winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2013 are:

JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-16 years):
Louie Finley McIver – Circle
Lucinda Rimmer – Sunset Dance at Menkaura

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Thomas Gibbs – effet de nuit…
Grace Evangeline Mason – Convergence
Thomas Brown – Recomposed Baroque

The six highly commended entrants are:

JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-16 years):
Matthew Jackson – From Regent's Park to Baker Street
Alexander Dakin – Abhorrentes
Leon Kidd – Colours of the Night

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Bertie Baigent – Things Falling Out of a Cupboard
Christopher Mitchell – Circling Ascendance
Tom Daley – What Wild Disclosure

The winning and highly commended works will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra at the Young Composers’ Concert at the Royal College of Music on Wednesday 7 August conducted by Nicholas Collon and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 9 August.

Judge Stuart MacRae commented: “I found the variety of styles, exciting sounds, and the energy and commitment that had been put into this, really exhilarating”

Judge Anna Meredith also commented: “It was great to see so much individuality, creativity and humour, from the ominous atmosphere of From Regent’s Park to Baker Street to the joyful exuberance of Recomposed Baroque”

As part of the Inspire scheme, free Inspire Sessions took place in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast, between February and April 2013, giving aspiring composers the opportunity to work alongside leading composers and professional orchestral musicians from the BBC’s six performing groups in a day of music-making, exploration and discovery.

Also, returning after its successful launch in 2012, teachers were given the opportunity to participate in the scheme by taking part in a special Teacher Inspire Session in March, run in partnership with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Cambridge and designed to help teachers broaden and explore their compositional teaching skills.

There are more opportunities for 12-18 year olds to be inspired during the 2013 Proms season with workshops focusing on a range of composition styles. The New Radiophonic Workshop will lead a session on electronic composition on Saturday 13 July; Fraser Trainer returns to lead a workshop on contemporary composition on Wednesday 7 August; Judith Weir will lead a workshop on choral composition featuring the BBC Singers on Wednesday 14 August; and composer Michael Price who composes the music for the BBC series Sherlock, will lead a workshop on composing for film on Saturday 31 August.


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