The coveted prize of a BBC Proms performance, a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a BBC commission has gone to three young composers: in the 12-16 category, Freddie Meyers and Alex Woolf for their pieces Three Apparitions and Mermish, and in the 17-18 category, Sarah Gait for Portrait of a Moor.

Chosen from hundreds of entrants, the three’s works will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon at the Royal College of Music on 4 August. An edited version of the concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16 August.

The judging panel, chaired by Fraser Trainer and comprising Michael Emery, Stuart MacRae, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Martin Suckling and Peter Wiegold, also selected 10 highly commended competitors.

‘This year’s entries revealed a strong sense of individuality and a wide emotional range,’ commented judge Anna Meredith. ‘The standard was incredibly high and all of the young composers demonstrated sophisticated, confident writing.’

The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition, now in its 14th year, has long offered young composers across the UK the opportunity to have their music played by professional musicians. Meyers, Woolf and Gait will all receive a BBC commission, and are invited, along with all entrants, to attend an Inspire Day on 4 August, where they will be able to participate in creative workshops with professional performing musicians and composers, their peers and key music industry figures.

For further information and the full list of highly commended entrants, visit the BBC Proms Inspire webpage.


  1. Song Composer | Online Music Creator 17.09.12 7:17am

    I like this kind of events where young composers are encouraged to create value.

    I hope for the future these contests to be organized more often.

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