Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

We are delighted to announce the third year of the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with the Rushworth Foundation. The prize provides a unique opportunity for a young artist/composer who writes original music to develop their talent and access guidance and support from a wide range of people working in the music profession.

£1,000 will be awarded to the winner of the competition. The prize-winning composer will write a new work for an ensemble from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performance in Autumn 2018, and will be supported with an individual programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from composers, performers, conductors and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.

Previous prize winners have: written new work for Ensemble 10/10 (Liverpool Philharmonic’s new music ensemble) and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir; met with international composers, artists and conductors; attended orchestra rehearsals and masterclasses; have had hands-on experience of orchestra management, recording production, librarianship and education work; have met with Liverpool Philharmonic’s contacts across the music industry.

"The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a young composer with a unique opportunity to absorb themselves in the day to day life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra is the most friendly and welcoming organisation, with everyone I've come into contact with there wanting to do anything and everything they can to help me on my way. I have been able to meet with and pick the brains of many of the players, and develop relationships with musicians and non-musicians alike. I even had the opportunity to meet childhood hero Andrew Manze! 

I received two days of rehearsal on the piece I wrote for Ensemble 10/10 (the most I've had on a piece to this date!), and was blown away by the players' enthusiasm and the resulting performance. I will endeavour to maintain my relationship with the orchestra and would strongly recommend this opportunity to others."

Previous Christopher Brooks Composition Prize Winner


You should:
• be between 18 and 30 years of age on 1 October 2017
• live, work, study or have been born in the North West of England (Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria)
• not be represented by a publisher (self-published composers will be eligible)
• previous winners of the Christopher Brooks Prize are not eligible to apply

How to apply

Please submit:
• two scores of examples of original works for orchestral instruments. Scores must be submitted electronically in PDF format only. Recordings of your works can be submitted in addition to, but not instead of, scores.
• A short explanation of why you have chosen to submit these works and how you would describe your personal composition style and approaches
• a CV and list of works
• a letter of application, outlining what you would hope to gain from working with Liverpool Philharmonic.

In your covering letter, you must include the following:
• confirmation that the enclosed works are your own original compositions
• confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria
• declaration of any personal relationship with any members of the panel

Email your application to Please ensure that all your application documents are sent in one email.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted. Liverpool Philharmonic accepts no responsibility for applications not received



• Hilary Browning (Associate Principal Cellist, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and co-founder of Ensemble 10/10)
• Andrew Cornall (Liverpool Philharmonic Artistic Consultant, Record Producer and former Vice President of A&R at EMI Classics)
• Sally Groves (former Creative Director of Schott Music Publishers)
• Stephen Pratt (Emeritus Professor of Music, Liverpool Hope University, Emeritus Professor, Gresham College, London)
• Vanessa Reed (Chief Executive, PRS Foundation and Board Member, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society)
• Clark Rundell (Head of Conducting & Contemporary Music, Royal Northern College of Music)