Mentorship and cash prize up for grabs for young composers

Young composers in the North West are being given the opportunity win a series of bespoke masterclasses, mentoring sessions and a £1,000 cash prize through Liverpool Philharmonic and The Rushworth Foundation.

The Christopher Brooks prize, now in it’s fourth year, provides a unique opportunity for a composer aged 18-30 to develop their talents and further their careers with access to guidance from industry professionals and leading artists.

The winning composer will also have their work performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra live during the 2019/2020 concert season.

Entrants to the competition will be judged by a panel of leading composers, orchestra musicians and music industry professionals including Peter Garden, executive director of performance and learning at Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sally Groves, former creative director of Schott Music Publishers and Vanessa Reed, chief executive of the PRS Music Foundation.

Previous winners of the prize include Grace-Evangeline Mason, who won the prize in 2017 and will have her winning composition premiered by Ensemble 10/10, Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group, in October.

Garden said: ‘Liverpool Philharmonic is always looking for ways to create exciting new opportunities for emerging creative talent from Liverpool and the North West region. This fourth Christopher Brooks Competition Prize builds on our extensive work supporting composition students in the City’s universities, along with the many local, national and international artists we commission to write new work for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles.’

For full details and to apply, click here.