Six budding composers have been announced as the winners of this year’s BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2016. This young cohort of talented musicians win a BBC Proms performance, a broadcast on Radio 3 and a coveted BBC commission.
The competition is the culmination of the annual BBC Proms scheme that gives the nation’s brightest young composers, aged 12-18, the opportunity to get a taste of what it means to be a composer in the 21st century. For the past 18 years the BBC Proms Inspire programme has offered a platform to young musicians across the UK to develop their skills, share their ideas with like-minded composers and get their music heard by a wider audience.
Previous winners include established composers Tansy Davies, Mark Simpson, and Tom Harrold whose new work Raze will be given its world premiere at the Last Night of the Proms on 10 September.
Part of the award includes the opportunity to have the winning pieces performed by the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon.
This year, the scheme has also expanded, offering composers of the future new opportunities, with year-round events and workshops at the BBC Proms – with composers like Hannah Kendall – to encourage and support them.
The winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2016 are:
LOWER JUNIOR CATEGORY (12-14 years):
Shoshanah Sievers – Les Nuances de la lumière (Shades of Light)
Jack Robinson – Hound Hunter
UPPER JUNIOR CATEGORY (15-16 years):
Sam Rudd-Jones – ANGRY
Morgan Edward Overton – Two Boys
SENIOR CATEGORY (17-18 years):
Alex Jones – Sensim Mutationem
James (Ka Wai) Chan – Litany
The Aurora Orchestra will perform each of the winning pieces at New Broadcasting House, on 15 August, and these will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.