Inspired by BBC Proms – Chance of a Lifetime for Young Composers

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Clare Kenny
| July 31, 2017

The BBC Inspire Scheme offers young composers the incredible opportunity to have their work performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival. These performances are also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

“The BBC Proms Inspire scheme is a unique gateway for young composers wanting to develop their talent and find a showcase for their work.” – David Pickard, Director, BBC Proms

Now in its nineteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme offers a platform to budding composers across the UK. The scheme also offers composers of the future opportunities and events year-round, including invitations to partake in Inspire Sessions led by leading composers and industry professionals who provide an insight into different aspects of music-making. Previous winners include established and emerging composers like Mark Simpson and Grace Evangeline-Mason.

The 2017 Competition launched in January and was open to young composers aged 12-18 years. The judging panel consisted of renowned composers and the winners have just been announced:

  • Sarah Frances (Senior Category)
  • Rebecca Farthing and Will Hamer (Upper Junior Category)
  • Juliana Niu and Chelsea Becker (Lower Junior Category)

In addition to having their work performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, each winner has also been awarded a coveted BBC commission.

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