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Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Composers all over the world are being offered the opportunity to have their music showcased, thanks to a new international composition competition.

The event, which is being spearheaded by composer and writer, Andrew Wainwright, is offering a range of prizes with the winner receiving £100 in cash (sponsored by Besson), a licence to the music playback programme NotePerformer, which enhances the sound of scores, and publication of the winning work through a new company which is being launched by Andrew, called BrookWright Music, also receiving any associated royalties. The five finalists will also have follow-the-score videos of their pieces produced using NotePerformer and shared on YouTube and across social media platforms. In addition, a public commendation prize will be awarded to the finalist with the most likes on YouTube, while receiving a £100 gift voucher towards a Geneva instrument.

Composers are invited to submit a brass band composition or arrangement, or multiple compositions or arrangements of no more than five minutes in duration. Submissions should not already be published but do not necessarily need to be newly composed or arranged works. There are no restrictions on the style of the music, which will be judged by experts James Curnow, Liz Lane and Paul Hindmarsh. 

Commenting on the competition, Andrew Wainwright said: “The lockdown has of course been a difficult time for everyone, but particularly composers and arrangers, who have lost out on the opportunity to have their music performed and it remains unclear how long it will be until this will be possible again. I know as a composer myself that it has been hard to find motivation when you don't know when your music will be performed again. It is my hope that this initiative will give composers the chance to work towards something and receive some publicity for their work, which is why we will be showcasing the five finalists in specially made 'follow-the-score' videos which will be shared all over social media. James Curnow, Dr Liz Lane and Paul Hindmarsh require little introduction and I'm delighted they have all agreed to be part of the judging panel. They bring a wealth of experience.”

Andrew continued: “The winning piece will also be published by a new company which is being launched, BrookWright Music, which will be publishing high-quality brass band and wind band music by a range of well-known and respected composers." The closing date for entries is Friday, August 28, 2020. Details are on Andrew Wainwright's website.