· Five young composers announced as the latest cohort of winners for the BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2019

· The winners receive unrivalled opportunities including a performance of their piece at the BBC Proms, a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a BBC commission

Five talented young composers have been announced as the winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2019.

Founded in 1998, the competition sits at the heart of the BBC Proms Inspire scheme which has offered a platform to hundreds of budding, young composers from across the UK to develop their skills, share their ideas with like-minded musicians and get their music heard. The scheme goes from strength-to-strength each year and will offer aspiring composers of the future new opportunities and year-round events to encourage and support their development.

The judging panel for the 2019 BBC Proms Inspire Competition was comprised of renowned composers including Joanna Lee, Matthew Kaner, Daniel Kidane, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Errollyn Wallen, as well as Director of the BBC Proms, David Pickard, who looked for pieces that were original, unique and inspiring.

David Pickard, Director, BBC Proms, says: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to be one of the judges for this year’s BBC Proms Inspire competition. From a wide-range of musical backgrounds, this year’s entries show the quality and imagination of young composers working across the UK today. We’re delighted that our winners and highly-commended entrants will once again receive an enriching programme of mentoring and learning opportunities as they continue on their highly promising musical journeys’.

As in previous years, winners of this year’s competition will be given the unrivalled opportunity to have their compositions performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, as well as a coveted BBC commission. BBC Proms Ambassadors including Sarah Jenkins and Grace Evangeline-Mason will continue to act as a sounding board for the new cohort and champion the work of the scheme across the UK, while receiving further opportunities to continue their development as composers.

BBC Proms Inspire remains committed to assisting its alumni in launching their careers after they graduate from the scheme. Many of today’s leading composers are counted in the outstanding list of BBC Proms Inspire alumni, including Shiva Feshareki, Kate Whitley, Alissa Firsova, Mark Simpson, Tom Harrold, and Duncan Ward. The Proms will celebrate a number of these this season, including a new BBC commission for Alissa Firsova in The Lost Words Prom.


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