The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a unique opportunity for a young North West composer to develop their talent and access mentoring and guidance from leading artists and music industry professionals, culminating in writing a new work for performance by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians which will be premiered in autumn 2019.
Now in its fourth year, the prize represents Liverpool Philharmonic’s continuing commitment to the commissioning and performance of new music and supporting home-grown talent.
The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize is open to any composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester.
The prize-winning composer will write a new work for an ensemble from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra which will be performed in concert during the 2019/20 concert season.
A cash prize of £1,000 has been made possible through the support of the Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation.
The prize-winner will also be supported with a bespoke programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from resident and visiting musicians, conductors, composers, performers and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.
They will develop their composition and teaching practice through access to Liverpool Philharmonic’s programme for children and young people, including Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Youth Orchestra and Choirs, higher education partnerships and the El-Sistema inspired In Harmony Liverpool.
Entries will be judged by a panel of leading composers, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and senior management, and music industry professionals. This year's panel includes:
• Peter Garden (Executive Director, Performance and Learning, Liverpool Philharmonic)
• Gary Carpenter (Professor of Composition at Royal Academy of Music, Visiting Professor, Royal Northern College of Music and Composer in Association at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society)
• Andrew Cornall (Liverpool Philharmonic Artistic Consultant, Record Producer and former Vice President of A&R at EMI Classics)
• Sally Groves (former Creative Director of Schott Music Publishers)
• Stephen Pratt (Emeritus Professor of Music, Liverpool Hope University, Emeritus Professor, Gresham College, London)
• Vanessa Reed (Chief Executive, PRS Foundation and Board Member, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society)
• A musician from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society
Peter Garden, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Executive Director, Performance & Learning said: “Liverpool Philharmonic is always looking for ways to create exciting new opportunities for emerging creative talent from Liverpool and the North West region. This fourth Christopher Brooks Competition Prize builds on our extensive work supporting composition students in the City’s universities, along with the many local, national and international artists we commission to write new work for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles.”
Jonathan Rushworth of The Rushworth Foundation said: “The Rushworth name has been synonymous with music in Liverpool and the North West for well over a century. We are keen to preserve the legacy and heritage of the family’s support for music and the arts in Liverpool and are delighted to support this second competition to encourage composition by young people.”
Bethan Morgan Williams (previous participant) said: ‘The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a young composer with a unique opportunity to absorb them self in the day to day life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The orchestra is the most friendly and welcoming organisation, with everyone I've come into contact with wanting to do anything and everything they can to help me on my way. I have been able to meet with and pick the brains of many of the players, and develop relationships with musicians and non-musicians alike. I even had the opportunity to meet childhood hero Andrew Manze!
I received two days of rehearsal on the piece I wrote for Ensemble 10/10 (the most I've had on a piece to this date!), and was blown away by the players' enthusiasm and the resulting performance. I will endeavour to maintain my relationship with the orchestra and would strongly recommend this opportunity to others."
Richard Miller (previous participant) said: “As a Christopher Brooks Prize-winner, I’ve had access to so many amazing opportunities. Having a piece played by the fabulous Ensemble 10/10, an additional performance opportunity with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, and one-to-one sessions with artists including Andrew Manze and Stephen Hough are just a few significant highlights.”
22-year-old Grace-Evangeline Mason was the 2017 winner of the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize, and her new work will be be premiered by Ensemble 10/10, Liverpool Philharmonic's contemporary music group, on Thursday 11 October at Liverpool's St. George's Hall Concert Room.
The closing date for entries is Monday 20 August 2018 at 5pm.
Full details about to how to apply at: liverpoolphil.com/christopher-brooks-composition-prize