The Rushworth Composition Prize, in association with the Rushworth Foundation, provides an exceptional range of opportunities for an early-career composer who writes original music.
The Prize offers composers aged 18+, with no upper age limit, the opportunity to build a long-term collaborative and creative relationship with Liverpool Philharmonic, which supports composers during the commission period and beyond.
What will the winner receive?
£1,000 will be awarded to the winner to write a new work for Ensemble 10:10 (Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music ensemble) which will be performed in Autumn 2024.
In addition, the winner will take part in a programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from composers, musicians, conductors and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.
The composer will also receive one year’s complimentary membership of The Ivors Academy the UK’s leading professional association for music creators including thousands of songwriters and composers across all styles and genres.
After winning the prize, previous winners have had further opportunities to produce additional new works and commissions for Liverpool Philharmonic ensembles.
Find out some more about our previous prize winners.
How to apply
Applicants should demonstrate that they are:
For further details about the Rushworth Composition Prize please see the application pack.
Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 June 2023.
Late applications will not be accepted. Liverpool Philharmonic accepts no responsibility for applications not received.
Liverpool Philharmonic are signatories to Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, designed to act as a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.
For more information, or to discuss individual accessibility needs, please contact Nikita Richmond at email@example.com or call 07797 164794.
To support fair access to the Rushworth Composition Prize, we also accept video applications as part of this process. Please see the application form (link above) for details.
Zoe Armfield (Head of Learning, Liverpool Philharmonic) 2023 Panel Chair
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)- Listings Chair
Jonathan Rushworth (Founder of the Rushworth Foundation, which supports music, the arts and education in Liverpool)
Hilary Browning (Associate Principal cellist with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)- Listings Panel
Carmel Smickersgill (Rushworth Composition Prize Winner 2019)