Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

Grace-Evangeline Mason is the 2017 winner of the annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.

Grace (b.1994) wins a cash prize of £1,000 made possible through the support of Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation, and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA). All three organisations are supporting the competition for a third year running.

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize is open to a composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of MerseysideCheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester. It provides a unique opportunity for a young North West composer to develop his or her talent and access mentoring and guidance from leading artists and music industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.  It culminates in the composer writing a new work for performance by Ensemble 10/10, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group.

Grace will be supported with a bespoke programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from resident and visiting musicians, conductors, composers, performers and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.

Grace will also develop her composition and teaching practice through access to Liverpool Philharmonic’s programme for children and young people, including Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Youth Orchestra and Choirs, higher education partnerships and the transformative In Harmony Liverpool programme in Everton.

Grace currently studies composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she holds a scholarship. Since winning the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers competition in 2013 for her piece Convergence,  her music has been performed as part of the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and in venues across the UK and internationally. In 2014, she was also a composer in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Grace is currently a composer on the LSO Panufnik Composers’ Scheme 2017 and is writing a work for the London Symphony Orchestra. Also this year, her orchestral work Kintsukuroi (Golden Repair) will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the biennial New Music North West Festival.

How To Apply

Liverpool Philharmonic will be accepting applications for the 2018 Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in Summer 2018.

Applicants 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)