Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

We are delighted to announce the fourth 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 which will be performed in Autumn 2019, 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. The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), the voice for music writers, will also provide a year’s complimentary membership for the winning composer.

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; had hands-on experience of orchestra management, recording production, librarianship and education work; 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 them self in the day to day life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. 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." - Bethan Morgan Williams

"As a Christopher Brooks Prize-winner, I’ve had access to so many amazing opportunities. Having a piece played by the fabulous Ensemble 10.10, an additional performance opportunity with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, and one-to-one sessions with artists including Andrew Manze and Stephen Hough are just a few significant highlights." - Richard Miller

Please note that applications for the 2018/19 Christopher Brooks Composition Prize have now closed. If you have any questions please contact learning@liverpoolphil.com

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