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Deadline for submissions: Cambridge Young Composer of the Year

When Oct 10, 2016
from 01:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Competition Brief

Entrants must be 17 years or under on 31 August 2016 and live orattend school in Cambridgeshire. You are invited to write a piece of music up to a maximum performance length of 5 minutes. This can, if you wish, be inspired by this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas theme ofMovement. The instruments available for this year’s competition are:

1 harp
1 clarinet OR bass clarinet
1 double bass
1 singer (soprano)





Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments but you must write for at least two of them (eg harp and clarinet; soprano and harp; harp, clarinet and double bass; or all four instruments/voice). Please note - to enable us to perform entries at the competition final, pieces should include no more than the instruments listed above. The full competition rules and entry form can be downloaded here.

Information and guidance
Below are links to some guidance notes for those entering the competition:

Writing for harp

Writing for clarinet/double bass/voice

Chords - a brief introduction

Introduction to scales

Guide to musical symbols

Have a question?

If you have a question – for example whether something you want to write is playable on a harp – please email your query and we will do our best to get an expert answer as soon as possible.

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