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BBC Young Composer 2021

The BBC Young Composer 2021 competition is open to students aged 12-18 of all technical abilities, backgrounds, and musical influences.

We're looking for:

  • Students who have talent and creative potential, and would benefit from the opportunity to nurture their skills and showcase their talent.
  • Students who work across any genre, any instrument, and any method, including those who use different means of notation.
  • Students who are passionate about creating their own original music - bursting with creativity, originality, and potential.

Winners will participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra culminating in a performance or broadcast opportunity.

We're excited to announce the judging panel for this year's competition: Becky Hill, Shiva Feshareki, Benbrick, Gavin Higgins, Sarah Freestone, Lloyd Coleman, Errollyn Wallen, and David Pickard. Discover more about the judges and their top tips here.

Do your students need some advice on how to start their composing journey? The ‘Composing the World Around You’ series comprises of three chats with music-makers on finding inspiration, getting your music heard and dealing with writer’s block and self-doubt.  Featuring Isobel Waller-Bridge, Jess Gillam and more. Click here to watch the series.

The deadline for entry to this year's competition is 5 pm, Monday 28 June. Entrants need to be 12-18 at the closing date.

So please encourage your students to get involved.

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You'll find all the information you need on our website. However, if you have any questions or any concerns regarding access or barriers to entry, please get in contact with us on the details below. For full details of how to enter, and our Rules and Privacy Notice, visit bbc.co.uk/youngcomposer.