BBC inspire winners announced

Five young composers have won a BBC Proms performance

The BBC Proms Inspire Competition gives young composers aged 12-18 the chance to get win professional performances for their music.


This year’s winners have been announced as Sarah Frances Jenkins (senior category), Rebecca Farthing, Will Harmer (upper junior category), Juliana Niu and Chelsea Becker (lower junior category). Each winner will have their music performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, as well as being granted a coveted BBC commission.

Previous winners of the competition include established composer Mark Simpson and emerging talent Grace Evangeline-Mason. Both have music being performed at this year’s BBC Proms.

The 2017 judging panel comprised of composers Fraser Trainer, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall, Gabriel Prokofiev, Tansy Davies and BBC Proms Director, David Pickard, who looked for pieces that were original, unique and inspiring.

LOWER JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-14 years):        

Juliana Niu – A Short Fantasy

Chelsea Becker – New York

UPPER JUNIOR CATEGORY (15-16 years):         
Rebecca Farthing – The Death of Lennie Small

Will Harmer – The Whole Heaven On Fire

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):    

Sarah Frances Jenkins – Three Miniatures of Ynys Lawd

The nine Highly Commended entrants are: 

LOWER JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-14 years):       

Denis Patrick Coleman IV – Unity and Fragmentation

Joshua Rydell – Stimmungsswankungen

Aidan Bryston – Uncommon Time

UPPER JUNIOR CATEGORY (15-16 years):      
Alistair Burton – Misadventures

Dominic Aoelio  Williams – Munkytrenz

Alexia Sloane – Long for Equinox

SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):   

Ignacio Mana Mesa – Black Pictures

Jamie Farrow – O Magnum Mysterium (Reimagined)


Marcello Palazzo – Deux Etudes Pour Piano – No. 2