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.
Previous participants have said:
"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
• be between 18 and 30 years of age on Monday 1 October 2018
• 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)
How to apply
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that all your application documents are sent in one email.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 20 August 2018 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Liverpool Philharmonic accepts no responsibility for applications not received.
• Peter Garden (Executive Director, Performance and Learning, Liverpool Philharmonic)
• Gary Carpenter (Professor of Composition at Royal Academy of Music, Visiting Professor, Royal Northern College of Music and Composer in Association at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society)
• 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)
• A musician from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society