Amadeus Composition Competition: Are you nurturing the next Nørgård or preparing the next Panufnik?



Amadeus, in collaboration with the MMA, are thrilled to announce a brand new composition competition aimed at years 10+.

With prizes up to £300, a report in the MMA’s Ensemble magazine and a recording of the winning piece by a professional ensemble, this is an excellent opportunity for students to represent their schools and showcase their skills.

Students are challenged to compose a piece for up to a 6 member chamber ensemble with a pupil set brief, lasting at least 2 minutes in duration.

The competition schedule includes a workshop at St George’s College, Weybridge, on 2nd December, for which the MMA has secured prize-winning composer Aaron Holloway-Nahum to give a ‘Creative Intentions’ class to kick start the competition process and inspire any composers.

The competition closes on 12th February and the top three entrants will be selected on 26th February.

A final workshop will then follow at a London venue where the students can work on compositional techniques and attend a lecture on general composition.  There will be a workshop performance of the three winning compositions that have been chosen by the adjudicator (published composer and conductor – Jonathan Willcocks) who will also give guidance and host a Q&A session for anyone who would like to bring along their compositions for advice.

Amadeus have been proud corporate members and sponsors of the MMA for over 20 years and we are delighted to launch this prestigious competition in concert with the association. In doing so, we hope to help the MMA inspire our next generation of composers further, through meeting, listening, talking, and sharing ideas.

Full competition details can be found on the MMA website.

Come on… show off your Shostakoviches!

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