Results of the first East Anglian Young Composer of the Year!

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Monday, 04 Dec 2017

Exciting new opportunities for young composers have been opened up with the expansion of the successful Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition into other parts of East Anglia, including the ...

Results of the first East Anglian Young Composer of the Year!

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Exciting new opportunities for young composers have been opened up with the expansion of the successful Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition into other parts of East Anglia, including the creation of a new award of East Anglian Young Composer of the Year. The Cambridge competition has been run annually by Cambridge Youth Music since 2006, providing dozens of young people aged 17 and under the opportunity to get individual feedback and advice on composing, and to hear their compositions performed by professional musicians. The competition has been so successful in Cambridgeshire, Cambridge Youth Music worked with Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings to expand it into other parts of East Anglia. In 2017 the Cambridge competition was extended to include young people from Hertfordshire as well as Cambridgeshire, and a new competition, the Snape Young Composer of the Year, was launched by Aldeburgh Young Musicians for those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The winner of the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition was 14-year-old Olivia Ransome from Cambridge. Olivia attends Comberton Village College near Cambridge and is a pianist as well as composer. The Snape Young Composer Competition was won by Luke Askew, 17, from Stowmarket, Suffolk, who also went on to win the overall East Anglian Young Composer of the Year award. Ewan Campbell, composer and competition judge, said: “We are delighted to have been able to extend the competition so that more young composers across the region can have the opportunity to take part. Young people find it difficult to get help with their composing – most do not have composing lessons and certainly very few have their works performed, so this is fulfilling a real need.” Colin Virr, Head of Aldeburgh Young Musicians which ran the new competition at Snape, said: “The Cambridge Young Composers competition has inspired many budding young composers to take pen to paper over the years, which has blossomed into real talent which we have been able to support. I am delighted that we have been able to work closely with Cambridge Youth Music to expand the competition and widen the reach of access.” Young people aged from 6 to 17 submitted compositions written for this year’s instruments – piano, violin and cello. All entries were performed by members of the Phaedra Ensemble, a professional group specialising in contemporary music, with feedback provided by Ewan Campbell and the musicians. Eleven of the entries were then selected to be played by the Phaedra at a public concert in Cambridge’s West Road Concert Hall as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

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