Are you a Young Composer?

The BBC Young Composer 2020 competition is open to students aged 12-18 of all technical abilities, backgrounds, and musical influences.

We're looking for:

  • Students who have talent and creative potential and would benefit from the opportunity to nurture their skills and showcase their talent.

  • Students who work across any genre, any instrument, and any method, including those who use different means of notation.

  • Students who are passionate about creating their own original music - bursting with creativity, originality, and potential.

Winners will participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra which will be performed and broadcast in a special young composers concert at the BBC Proms in 2021.

We’ve extended the deadline for this year's competition to 5 pm, Monday 20 July to enable as many students as possible to enter. In addition, we're pleased to launch our 30 Second Composition Challenge which we hope you will share with your students. We are challenging composers aged 12-18 to get creative at home and create a 30-second piece for a single instrument or voice. Young composers can find resources on our website as well as an Uploader to submit their pieces. We'll be selecting some of our favourites which musicians from the BBC Orchestras & Choirs will record, to showcase online and on BBC Radio 3's New Music Show.

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